I’m Only Human is a bi-weekly podcast where we take a look at some of the more interesting pop-culture workplaces in order to learn about management, human psychology, employment law, and so much more. Every episode is begins as a humorous dissection of a cultural phenomena and ends as a thoughtful and informative discussion of human resource challenges, tactics, or trends.
Episode 20- Wonder Woman and the EPA
Even today, women within the American workforce make substantially less than their male counterparts. This week, we discuss the glory that is Wonder Woman as a lens through which to explore the status of woman within the modern workforce. We also examine the Equal Pay Act, along with some of its provisions, requirements, and (at least according to some) its loopholes.
Episode 19- The Avengers and Managing Exceptional Employees
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Avengers Initiative is supposed to be designed to protect mankind from extraordinary threats. However, it seems that the Avengers are better at creating and then saving us from the threats of their own creation. Like a mod boss and a protection racket, it seems that wherever the Avengers go trouble follows.
Though their intentions are pure and their abilities undeniable, they continue to squabble and work in opposition to one another. Often they work in secret, encountering problems they could easily avoid. They chaff at oversight and fail to recognize that they could likely solve half of their challenges fairly easily if they just work together more effectively. In other words, they are just like most workplaces.
This episode, we look at the unique challenges and special tactics that must be employed when managing exceptionally bright, capable, and creative workers.
Episode 18- Board Games and The Workplace
Board Games used to mean long nights of Monopoly that usually end with half of the players storming off in anger and disgust. However, we are now in what is considered commonly known as a "golden age" of gaming, with thousands of complex titles being published every year. And while board games are mostly about having a good time with family and friends, many of the most popular titles can help you develop skills which you can use every day in order to further your personal development and professional advancement.
Episode 17- Doctor Strange and Career Changes
During this episode we look to Doctor Strange in order to explore ways to approach a change in your career. Our first lesson is do not text and drive! OK, now that is out of the way, we can get down to the topic at hand. Whether career changes are forced or chosen, they can be an excellent opportunity to choose a path that fits your skills, interests, and passions. But often, indecision and fear make it hard for even the brightest of us to make an informed and reasoned decision. We have a few insights, that might make it easier for you to choose a path that fits and fulfills. And bonus, you won't have to die a thousand deaths at the hand of a vengeful chaos God in order to begin your true calling.
Episode 16- The Office and Workplace Bullies
During this week's episode of I'm Only Human, we look back at The Office. However, rather than focusing upon Micheal's "that's what she said" jokes, or Angela's homophobia, or that fact that Creed may be a serial killer (really, all the signs kinda' suggests that his is the Scranton Strangler) we focus upon sweet and romantic Jim and his unnatural a distracting obsession with demeaning, harassing, and shaming Dwight. Through Jim's hilarious (and likely felonious) hijinks we look at the very really and destructive problem of workplace bullying and how you can take steps to reduce either its impact or its prevalence.
Episode 15- Amanda Knox and Preconcpetions
This week we talk about some of the behavioral science that impacts the ways that we pre-judge circumstances and others. Using the Netflix original series, Amanda Knox as our stepping of point we use the massive failures in the Knox instigation to help you avoid similar mistakes when you are assessing applicants, drawing conclusions about workplace conflicts, conducting internal investigations, and more. By being aware of the ways that our minds work, we can all avoid making unfounded assumptions that can have significant and occasionally adverse impacts.
Humourous, and Inspirational
Was a good listen on my way to work this morning, excited for more episodes to listen to. Very insightful topics were discussed in this first episode. Keeps you entertained on your morning commute with the real snappy humor. The audio quality is great, and the hosts are interesting, entertaining, and seem to be very well-versed in the HR topics. Keep it up!
Surprisingly Informative and Fun
The premise is intriguing and well executed. But this episode at least was filled with a surprising amount of information of real pratical utility. The rare business podcast that isn't about self promotion but actually about subject matter I can use. The rapport was great, light, friendly, and funny.
Quite a excellent show for those of us in the H.R. department, love the way it deals with serious issues with a bit of levity. You two keep up the great work and I'll keep listening! :)