We deliver leadership perspectives from industry experts on their people, architecture, routines, and culture as they solve HR’s newest challenges.
Christine Zapata: Bringing in New Players
Growing as an organization also means hiring new players and setting the bases for a structure.
Christine Zapata, Vice President of Human Resources & Talent Development for Starplast USA, talks about how she’s building for growth within her organization from an HR standpoint in terms of management structure, hiring, and recognition. As Starplast seeks to grow, they bring in corporate-level managers, directors, and vice presidents to create a vision and structure that new employees can grab onto. She explains why this will relieve leadership from administrative tasks and relegate new positions with a focus on production, purchasing, and material management in the manufacturing environment. She also explains how she uses a multi-layered behavioral-based interviewing process to find new hires and successfully bring the best new players. Christine also speaks about why recognizing good performance and small wins can empower employees to continue this behavior and inspire their peers.
Listen to this episode and learn about HR’s role in growing an organization!
Mark Mathia: Leading people from good to great
When companies are successful they have the need to transform to reach new goals.
Mark Mathia, Chief Experience Officer at Signature Performance, is here to discuss why the company decided to split up its HR department into talent acquisition and talent operations, and how success has made them grow. He describes the functions of each new branch within talent, stating that the post-pandemic labor market has changed significantly. He also enthuses life-changing company culture strategies like listening, coaching, and communications. They work with their teams to take them from good to great, improving their people and the ROI.
Tune in to this incredible conversation about moving forward with culture when a company is successful!
Jen Weinberg: Building company culture in a hybrid context
Company Culture has transformed in recent years, and employee engagement is at the forefront right now.
In this episode, Jen Weinberg, Talent and Culture Manager at Conifer Research, talks about how routines, meetings, and positive feedback loops create a consistent, proactive culture at the organization’s different events in its hybrid context. After the pandemic, Jen changed the meetings’ content and format, and its subsequent development required flexibility and adaptability. The team now has monthly in-person and virtual meetings, so everyone is included. She discusses what has proven to be cons and pros for this hybrid model, and she also explains how employee feedback has fed these changes to build a mix of activities and surveys that appeal to everyone’s engagement. Jen also emphasizes the importance of constantly evaluating the routines at work to ensure they achieve the goals they set up for and make the necessary changes if they aren’t.
Tune in to learn more from Jen’s strategies to create a culture in a hybrid company!
Steve Lovig: Handling layoffs
The offboarding process requires extreme thought and care when an organization goes through layoffs.
Steve Lovig, Director of Human Resources for Homestar Financial, says that when it comes to managing layoffs and offboarding, approaching the impacted individuals from a human-empathetic perspective improves the experience. It all starts with ensuring that how the decision is communicated is respectful and keeps the employee’s dignity intact, preferably delivered by their direct manager but supported by the HR team. Steve explains how HR plays a crucial role in achieving this by building a communication strategy and framework in advance, preparing managers to choose the employees to be laid off, and outlining what will be said to them. However, individuals being laid off are still people with needs, frustrations, and desires, so Steve details how an HR department can ease the transition by helping them take the next step in their careers.
Tune in to this episode to learn how you, as an HR leader, can step into an impacted person’s shows and make the process more easygoing!
George Sample: Coaching and partnerships as part of the HR practice
Our careers are a central part of our identity, how can we best find fulfillment and joy in them?
George Sample, Vice President of People & Culture for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, came to share how he impacts the lives of employees working in HR. Coming from a very different background, George found in HR a place where he could grow while helping others. George highlights how important it is for organizations and HR leaders to recognize where their people are to boost their processes with the right tools and resources. During the coaching sessions, George helps people understand why they do what they do, and how to align them with their goals.
What’s the impact you want to have in the universe and why? Tune in to this episode and see if you can find the answer!
Adam Nierenberg - Connecting HR to HR
You all know that what we love the most is listening to the HR stories people have to tell.
In this episode of the PeopleStar Podcast, we welcome Adam Nierenberg, Human Resources Director at The Singelyn Group, to share his insights about connecting people inside our industry. As HR professionals, we all share one gift: the power to connect with other people. The basis of every work relationship is respect. One does not have to like coworkers outside of the job relationship; it’s the division between personal and professional settings. Another element that Adam highlights is understanding the why, from small items to more significant tasks, and how to give employees an incentive when they reach their performance goals.
Tune in to this incredible episode about managing people in the HR industry!