100 episodes

POPS! shares stories of pivotal people moments in small businesses while answering your human resource questions with one thing in mind: people first.

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POPS! The People Ops Podcast Zenefits

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 21 Ratings

POPS! shares stories of pivotal people moments in small businesses while answering your human resource questions with one thing in mind: people first.

Work has changed. Have you? Hear from the best while gaining access to exclusive content and a community of people leaders.

    Q&A: Why you should consider the imperfect candidate

    Q&A: Why you should consider the imperfect candidate

    Every hiring manager wants to find the absolute best candidate they can for an open position at their company, but is that the best approach?
    Lora Patterson, Senior People Ops Advisor at TriNet Zenefits, says the answer is actually no. If you want to find the best new hires for your company, you should strongly consider imperfect candidates.
    What does that mean? And why on earth would anyone do that? Listen to this episode to find out.
    Additional Resources:  
    Order your copy of our book People Operations: Zenefits.com/pops-book  Submit your People Ops questions: https://www.zenefits.com/workest/ask-a-question/ On this episode, you’ll hear:
    [00:54] The perfect candidate doesn’t exist [01:34] Men vs. women, diversify your pool [03:34] Develop and coach their employees [04:42] Start small

    • 5 min
    Q&A: Does your PTO measure up to the summer vacation season?

    Q&A: Does your PTO measure up to the summer vacation season?

    Summer has arrived! And you know what that means? Vacations of all types and sizes. That being said, 46% of workers feel nervous about taking PTO because of either too much work or they are afraid of the career repercussions.
    Jean Spencer, Director of Integrated Marketing at TriNet-Zenefits, joins the show to share what organizations can do to help their employees take some time off to rest and recharge this summer season.
    Additional Resources:
    The State of PTO Report: https://www.zenefits.com/learn/state-of-pto-guide/ Order your copy of our book People Operations: Zenefits.com/pops-book Submit your People Ops questions: https://www.zenefits.com/workest/ask-a-question/ On this episode, you’ll hear:
    [01:58] Benefits of taking PTO [02:52] Physical and mental benefits of taking time off [04:12] What employers should offer as a PTO policy to employees [06:40] The benefits of either unlimited or limited PTO [10:43] How Trinet-Zenefits can help you manage time off

    • 13 min
    [Rerelease] What your small business should know about Juneteenth with Isaac Vaughn

    [Rerelease] What your small business should know about Juneteenth with Isaac Vaughn

    Should small business leaders plan to acknowledge and celebrate the holiday, even if they haven’t in the past?
    On this episode of POPS!, Zenefits Chief Operating Officer Issac Vaughn joins Danny Speros for a conversation about what Juneteenth is, how it’s celebrated, and the importance of acknowledging it—even if it makes you feel uncomfortable. You’ll hear how talking about Juneteenth plays into broader DEI efforts and why everyone benefits when small businesses foster inclusive workplaces.
    Additional Resources: 
    Celebrating the Juneteenth Holiday: Ways Your Business Can Support Juneteenth: https://www.zenefits.com/workest/celebrating-the-juneteenth-holiday-ways-your-business-can-support-juneteenth/ Racial Equity and Justice at Work: How to Keep the Conversation Going Beyond Juneteenth: https://www.zenefits.com/workest/racial-equity-and-justice-at-work-how-to-keep-the-conversation-going-beyond-juneteenth/ On this episode, you’ll hear: 
    [01:07-02:42] Meet Issac Vaughn, Zenefits’ Chief Operating Officer [03:00-03:54] What Juneteenth is [04:02-06:05] How people celebrate Juneteenth today [06:06-08:03] The importance of supporting Black-owned businesses in celebration of Juneteenth [08:08-10:49] Why acknowledging Juneteenth is good for business [10:49-12:36] Why inclusion is the glue that holds diversity efforts together [13:07-15:10] The key to acknowledging Juneteenth for the first time: authenticity [15:11-17:29] How HR leaders can get employees involved in Juneteenth [17:30-19:42] The impact of DEI efforts and how it can drive engagement

    • 21 min
    Q&A: How to help your employees make the most of their Juneteenth holiday

    Q&A: How to help your employees make the most of their Juneteenth holiday

    Juneteenth is the oldest known holiday celebrating the end of slavery in the United States. With it being right around the corner, are you ensuring your employees are making the most of the holiday?
    Nadene Evans, Senior Manager of Organic Growth Marketing at Zenefits joins the show to share ways businesses can help celebrate and support the Juneteenth holiday, as well as help your DEI efforts.
    Additional Resources:
    Order your copy of our book People Operations: Zenefits.com/pops-book Submit your People Ops questions: https://www.zenefits.com/workest/ask-a-question/ On this episode, you’ll hear:
    [00:42] Background on Juneteenth [03:35] Ways to incorporate the holiday in your organization [04:54] States that celebrate Juneteenth

    • 6 min
    Q&A: How do I prevent cultural mismatch?

    Q&A: How do I prevent cultural mismatch?

    While poor performance plays a part, cultural mismatch is often the culprit of high turnover. Dan Marzullo, Founder of Drafted, shares how to optimize your talent strategy for cultural match. From leveling up your job posts to supporting current employees, there are a lot of simple ways to find and keep the people who fit your organization best.
    Additional Resources:
    Order your copy of our book People Operations: Zenefits.com/pops-book Submit your People Ops questions: https://www.zenefits.com/workest/ask-a-question/ On this episode, you’ll hear:
    [00:30] Optimizing job posts for cultural fit [02:00] Preparing effective interview questions [03:00] Supporting current employees

    • 5 min
    Q&A: How to get your summer intern plan in order

    Q&A: How to get your summer intern plan in order

    It’s summertime! And you know what that means? Internships. This means organizations are going to have to do some rethinking to ensure they are set up for success. As the workforce shifts to the virtual world, we have to consider whether interns should as well. There’s a lot to take into consideration, and to help do that is Dan Marzullo, CEO and Founder of Drafted.
    In this episode, he lays out the pros and cons of remote internships to help you make the best decision for your organization just in time for your summer programs.
    Additional Resources:
    Order your copy of our book People Operations: Zenefits.com/pops-book Submit your People Ops questions: https://www.zenefits.com/workest/ask-a-question/

    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

AZAKWA ,

So helpful and funny

Love these podcasts!! Such a fresh perspective and always growing. This team is incredible and they work to understand the customer and provide actual helpful information.

Lederson23 ,

The maturation of HR to POPS!

Really enjoy the depth and experience of the discussions across the world of HR, or more appropriately, People Operations/POPS.
Engaging host, great guests (so far), snackable content - highly recommend POPS!

tvk12 ,

Level Up Your HR

Great nuggets of info for improving your HR processes and strategies as well as your workplace as a whole... especially helpful for small business.

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