298 episodes

Welcome to the Punk Rock HR Podcast, hosted by the influential and unconventional Laurie Ruettimann. This podcast breaks away from the traditional constraints of the HR world to bring you candid and compelling conversations with some of the most disruptive and innovative minds in the business.

Each episode, Laurie dives deep into critical topics surrounding the real world of work, exploring the modern workplace's nuances, and challenging the status quo of HR. Guests range from renowned thought leaders, authors, and entrepreneurs to HR professionals and individuals who have reshaped the way we approach work and organizational culture.

Punk Rock HR is not your usual HR talk. It’s a blend of insight, wit, and irreverence, aiming to bring a fresh, unfiltered perspective to the challenges and opportunities facing today’s workforce. Whether you’re an HR professional looking to revamp your approach, a leader trying to understand the people side of the business better, or just someone interested in the dynamics of the modern workplace, this podcast is your ticket to engaging discussions and actionable insights.

Expect energizing conversations, guests with big ideas, and a punk rock twist, with episodes released every Monday.

Follow the Punk Rock HR Podcast to keep your finger on the pulse of work, leadership, and human resources. Your journey towards a more progressive and enlightened workspace starts here!

Punk Rock HR Laurie Ruettimann

    • Business
    • 4.6 • 145 Ratings

Welcome to the Punk Rock HR Podcast, hosted by the influential and unconventional Laurie Ruettimann. This podcast breaks away from the traditional constraints of the HR world to bring you candid and compelling conversations with some of the most disruptive and innovative minds in the business.

Each episode, Laurie dives deep into critical topics surrounding the real world of work, exploring the modern workplace's nuances, and challenging the status quo of HR. Guests range from renowned thought leaders, authors, and entrepreneurs to HR professionals and individuals who have reshaped the way we approach work and organizational culture.

Punk Rock HR is not your usual HR talk. It’s a blend of insight, wit, and irreverence, aiming to bring a fresh, unfiltered perspective to the challenges and opportunities facing today’s workforce. Whether you’re an HR professional looking to revamp your approach, a leader trying to understand the people side of the business better, or just someone interested in the dynamics of the modern workplace, this podcast is your ticket to engaging discussions and actionable insights.

Expect energizing conversations, guests with big ideas, and a punk rock twist, with episodes released every Monday.

Follow the Punk Rock HR Podcast to keep your finger on the pulse of work, leadership, and human resources. Your journey towards a more progressive and enlightened workspace starts here!

    Transform 2024 with Samara Jaffe

    Transform 2024 with Samara Jaffe

    Have you ever wondered how to navigate your first big conference without getting lost in the shuffle?
    On this episode of Punk Rock HR, Laurie teams up with Samara Jaffe, co-founder and general manager of Transform, and Josh Schwede, HR tech guru, to share the insider track for newcomers. It's all about striking the perfect balance between self-care and forging deep connections rather than sprinting through every scheduled event.
    But there's more to a conference than just showing up. It's about the community and the culture that it grows. Transform, once known as HR Transform, has blossomed into a hub for innovation within the HR industry. Samara is at the heart of it, cultivating a space where executives, leaders, and entrepreneurs can converge to shape the workplace of tomorrow. Through a tapestry of human-centric interactions and even some furry friends, this episode peels back the curtain on how Transform stands out in a sea of professional gatherings.
    Finally, we’re not shying away from workplace concerns, addressing topics like women's health and sobriety in the workplace. And let's not forget the Transform Awards, a celebration of industry trailblazers that's anything but your average awards ceremony.
    With practical takeaways for maximizing your conference experience and a sneak peek into the eclectic excitement of Transform 2024, this episode will resonate long after its conclusion.
    In this episode, you will hear:
    Expert tips for first-time conference attendees, including comfort, hydration, and prioritizing meaningful interactions over attending every session Transform 2024 as an HR ecosystem fostering innovation, community, and human-first interactions with unique elements Women's health and workplace transformation Upcoming talks on contemporary issues and the Transform Awards that spotlight industry leaders The unconventional Transform 2024 Awards ceremony The future for Transform as it expands to a global community intersecting workforce, healthcare, and education sectors, with potential international events Samara Jaffe on creating impactful connections Josh Schwede on navigating transitions within the HR tech industry Practical advice for conference success Resources from this Episode
    Visit the Transform website: transform.us/partners/punk-rock-hr-podcast Connect with Samara Jaffe on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/samarajaffe Find Josh Schwede on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/joshschwede Follow and Review:
    We’d love for you to follow us if you haven’t yet. Click that purple '+' in the top right corner of your Apple Podcasts app. We’d love it even more if you could drop a review or 5-star rating over on Apple Podcasts. Simply select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” then a quick line with your favorite part of the episode. It only takes a second and it helps spread the word about the podcast.
    Episode Credits
    If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com Let them know we sent you.

    • 31 min
    Financial Therapy with Aja Evans

    Financial Therapy with Aja Evans

    Unlock the secrets to a healthier financial and emotional life with Aja Evans, a licensed mental health counselor and financial therapist.
    This episode of Punk Rock HR is a deep dive into the intricate connection between our financial behaviors and emotional well-being. Aja helps us see beyond the numbers, revealing how trauma can shape our relationship with money and why the advice to “just budget better” is often a superficial solution to a complex issue.
    Alongside Aja, we examine the growing trend of financial wellness initiatives in the workplace, discussing the role of emotional support in achieving financial literacy. We explore how financial therapy could revolutionize employee well-being programs by integrating emotional intelligence into financial education. Throughout our conversation, we share personal stories and reflections on societal attitudes toward money, acknowledging the deep-seated emotions that come with financial decisions.
    The path to financial stability is not just about the dollars and cents; it's about personal growth and empowerment. This episode celebrates the victories of those who have emerged from financial hopelessness to a place of confidence and control. We stress the value of community, open dialogue, and fair compensation in fostering a culture of financial empowerment.
    Join us as we advocate for systemic change and personal transformation and the undeniable impact of financial wellness on bridging wealth gaps and improving lives.
    In this episode, you will hear:
    The emotional aspects of financial behaviors and decisions How financial trauma from experiences like job loss or bankruptcy can persist into adulthood and influence financial wellness The trend of financial wellness programs in workplaces Integrating financial therapy to address both financial literacy and emotional support Strategies for managing financial stress, including mindfulness, having a financial plan, and understanding the emotional impact of financial insecurity Success stories of individuals overcoming financial struggles The importance of personal growth and behavioral changes in financial well-being Fostering financial empowerment and bridging wealth gaps with open dialogue, community support, and fair compensation Advocating for systemic change and the value of financial education and emotional intelligence in improving overall life quality Resources from this Episode
    Visita Aja Evans’s website:  www.ajaevanscounseling.com Connect with Aja on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/ajaevans Find Aja on Instagram: www.instagram.com/ajaetherapy Follow and Review:
    We’d love for you to follow us if you haven’t yet. Click that purple '+' in the top right corner of your Apple Podcasts app. We’d love it even more if you could drop a review or 5-star rating over on Apple Podcasts. Simply select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” then a quick line with your favorite part of the episode. It only takes a second and it helps spread the word about the podcast.
    Episode Credits
    If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com Let them know we sent you.

    • 37 min
    Reimagine Inclusion with Mita Mallick

    Reimagine Inclusion with Mita Mallick

    Receiving a tough piece of feedback can sting, but it can also be the catalyst for phenomenal career growth.
    On this episode of Punk Rock HR, this revelation sets the stage for Laurie’s discussion with Mita Mallick, a luminary in diversity, equity, and inclusion, whose insights and experiences as a marketer, best-selling author, and mother are reshaping the narrative of today's workplace. Their conversation spans from personal trials in the professional world to the myths that stifle true workplace transformation, offering listeners a chance to reflect on the biases and systemic hurdles that persist in corporate environments.
    As a storyteller at heart, Mita Mallick dissects how the tales we tell in business can either hinder or advance progress. The episode peels back the layers of diversity and inclusion challenges, addressing head-on the backlash against DEI efforts and the contention between business objectives and social justice. With an eye on the myths that cloud our judgment, from talent assessment to the dynamics of salary negotiation, Laurie and Mita explore the subjective nature of performance evaluations and the importance of debunking misconceptions to establish a more equitable workspace.
    The episode continues with future-focused contemplation, looking toward the evolving role of HR as a strategic partner in business and the tug-of-war between remote and in-office work spheres. You’ll hear how HR professionals can harness the power of storytelling and deep industry knowledge to become catalysts for true transformation.
    Don’t miss Mita Mallick's expertise on DEI with this must-listen episode of Punk Rock HR.
    In this episode, you will hear:
    The role of tough feedback in career growth How withholding feedback can hinder professional development Mita’s insights on debunking workplace myths that prevent transformation The backlash against DEI efforts and the subjectivity in performance evaluations that contribute to inequity Continuous feedback, the role of affinity bias in hiring, and challenges women face in salary negotiations Storytelling in business as a tool for HR professionals to drive change and align with evolving business landscapes Workplace trends such as remote vs. in-office work and the caregiving crisis Mita Mallick’s journey to the publication of her book “Reimagine Inclusion” Individual initiative in transforming the workplace Resources from this Episode
    Connect with Mita Mallick on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/mita-mallick-2b165822 Get Mita’s book Reimagine Inclusion: Debunking 13 Myths To Transform Your Workplace: amzn.to/3GBFBvS  Find Mita on Instagram: www.instagram.com/mita_mallick13 Follow and Review:
    We’d love for you to follow us if you haven’t yet. Click that purple '+' in the top right corner of your Apple Podcasts app. We’d love it even more if you could drop a review or 5-star rating over on Apple Podcasts. Simply select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” then a quick line with your favorite part of the episode. It only takes a second and it helps spread the word about the podcast.
    Episode Credits
    If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com Let them know we sent you.

    • 31 min
    HR Technology 2024 with Jason Corsello

    HR Technology 2024 with Jason Corsello

    Venture capital and HR technology veteran Jason Corsello from Acadian Ventures joins Laurie in an insightful discussion about the rapid integration of artificial intelligence in the workplace. In this episode of Punk Rock HR, Jason and Laurie explore the impact of AI technology on innovation and productivity as it expands within Acadian's portfolio.
    Their conversation delves into the exciting potential and lurking concerns of AI's role in the future. They debunk the myth of its all-encompassing dominance while underscoring its critical importance in work technology. Jason and Laurie also unravel the complexities of market saturation and the quest for groundbreaking solutions. They spotlight the promise of a new technological supercycle spurred on by AI, while cautiously considering the balance between augmenting workplace efficiency and the pitfalls of an over-reliant and divided economy.
    The discussion is not just limited to painting pictures of a utopian workplace but also sizing up the real-world implications for HR tech in the years ahead. Finally, Jason and Laurie offer an insider glimpse into the venture capital universe, where the emotional rollercoaster of investing meets the strategic play of identifying unicorn startups. They reflect on the essential skills for tomorrow's workforce and the emergence of a boundaryless talent pool in a world facing demographic shifts, while also sharing the stories of Acadian Ventures' latest fundraising successes.
    If you're fascinated by the evolving narrative of work tech and the celebration of entrepreneurial spirit, then this conversation is definitely worth a listen.
    In this episode, you will hear:
    AI's expanding role in the workforce, including a leap in Acadian's portfolio companies AI as an innovation shaper and becoming a staple across all sectors with a balanced approach that enhances without dominating every aspect of life Venture capital and the importance of luck, judgment, and market timing in identifying successful startups The need for companies to continuously invest in work technology to improve workplace efficiency and address budgetary constraints AI's integration into daily tools Examining innovative AI applications in HR tech, like Perplexity for advanced searches and Tech Wolf for skill inference The challenges of venture capital, including realistic company growth, fiscal responsibility, and the emotional toll of witnessing startup failures The importance of future skills and a global workforce A stagnant population growth's impact on the labor market and the role of global talent in driving innovation Resources from this Episode
    Visit the Acadian Ventures website: www.acadianventures.com Connect with Jason Corsello on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/jasoncorsello Follow and Review:
    We’d love for you to follow us if you haven’t yet. Click that purple '+' in the top right corner of your Apple Podcasts app. We’d love it even more if you could drop a review or 5-star rating over on Apple Podcasts. Simply select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” then a quick line with your favorite part of the episode. It only takes a second and it helps spread the word about the podcast.
    Episode Credits
    If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com Let them know we sent you.

    • 37 min
    Think Faster, Talk Smarter with Matt Abrahams

    Think Faster, Talk Smarter with Matt Abrahams

    Have you ever felt tongue-tied or had your mind blank in the middle of a conversation? You're not alone.
    On this episode of Punk Rock HR, you’ll get strategies to conquer those moments. Laurie’s guest is communication expert Matt Abrahams, who unpacks the essentials of his book Think Faster, Talk Smarter: How to Speak Successfully When You're Put on the Spot. They explore the science of crafting messages that resonate with audiences and the power of speech variation to keep their attention rapt. This isn't just another chat about talking; it's an arsenal of techniques to transform anyone into a communication pro – debunking the myth that you're either born with it or you're not.
    Matt and Laurie also get real about the sweaty palms and racing hearts that come with high-stakes communication. From revealing HR policies to pitching business ideas to the toughest crowds, Matt shares methods to cope and shine. Controlled breathing, focus grouping, ditching filler words – they cover it all, ensuring you walk away poised to present with confidence. And for those wondering about the fine line between authenticity and performance, they tackle that, too.
    Plug in and prepare to level up your communication skills – and possibly your entire approach to engaging with others.
    In this episode, you will hear:
    Strategies from Think Faster, Talk Smarter for improving engagement by tailoring messages and varying speech Overcoming the myth that effective communication is innate Effective communication is an acquirable skill applicable in various speaking situations Techniques for conveying ideas to skeptical audiences and managing anxiety, like controlled breathing and palm cooling Authenticity in communication How focusing on connecting rather than performing leads to more genuine interactions Exploring the “Talk Smarter” method, a six-step approach that includes mindset shifts and message structuring for spontaneous speaking Practical tips on anxiety management and effective communication, such as focus grouping, removing hedging language, and practicing delivery Listening well by giving pace, space, and grace to fully understand and respond to communication in the moment Resources from this Episode
    Visit Matt Abrahams’ website: MattAbrahams.com Connect with Matt on LinkedIn:  linkedin.com/in/maabrahams Get Matt’s book: amzn.to/48NKpub Follow and Review:
    We’d love for you to follow us if you haven’t yet. Click that purple '+' in the top right corner of your Apple Podcasts app. We’d love it even more if you could drop a review or 5-star rating over on Apple Podcasts. Simply select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” then a quick line with your favorite part of the episode. It only takes a second and it helps spread the word about the podcast.
    Episode Credits
    If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com Let them know we sent you.

    • 30 min
    Firearms and Security with LaToya “Ladi Ammo” Workman

    Firearms and Security with LaToya “Ladi Ammo” Workman

    Ever wonder how a split-second decision could redefine safety in your life?
    On this episode of Punk Rock HR, LaToya "Ladi Ammo" Workman joins Laurie to unravel the layers of personal security and empowerment, sharing her expertise in managing risk in the digital realm while advocating for physical safety. With her track record as a top-tier cybersecurity professional by day and a personal security instructor by night, LaToya offers unique strategies to fortify our daily lives, from wielding non-lethal self-defense tools to the assertive use of your voice.
    Breaking barriers is second nature to LaToya, a trailblazer in IT and cybersecurity—an industry where diversity is scarce. Her story is not just about overcoming the odds as a Black woman in tech but about her relentless endeavor to mentor others following her path. Beyond her professional journey, LaToya's Woman with a Weapon initiative is revolutionizing how women approach firearms, equipping them with the skills and knowledge to safely and confidently handle a weapon, all while challenging societal assumptions.
    As the conversation wraps up, LaToya and Laurie touch upon the essential conversations around responsible gun ownership and the parallels between cybersecurity and personal defense. LaToya's dedication to comprehensive education shines, advocating for readiness and responsibility over fear. Her insights extend to the importance of social media discretion and intuition to navigate potential threats, proving that knowledge is power in the quest to create safer communities.
    Join us to gain an empowered perspective on personal safety that goes beyond the basics and into the heart of proactive self-defense.
    In this episode, you will hear:
    LaToya "Ladi Ammo" Workman’s expertise in situational awareness and non-lethal self-defense tools Her advocation for education in personal and corporate security Overcoming challenges as a Black woman in the male-dominated fields of IT and cybersecurity The creation of Woman with a Weapon to mentor and empower others Situational awareness, responsible social media usage, and a layered defense strategy for both digital and physical safety Firearm safety education for women, along with secure storage The necessity of understanding self-defense laws and insurance The relevance of social engineering in security and LaToya’s experiences with navigating security checks Her vision for Woman with a Weapon to change societal perspectives on firearms, inspire Black women, and promote shooting as a sport and stress reliever The services Woman with a Weapon offers How Woman with a Weapon meets women at their level of experience and provides safe and supportive environments for learning about firearms and personal protection Resources from this Episode
    Woman with a Weapon website: womanwithaweaponclt.com Connect with LaToya “Ladi Ammo” Workman on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/latoyaworkman Find Woman with a Weapon on Instagram: www.instagram.com/womanwithaweapon Follow and Review:
    We’d love for you to follow us if you haven’t yet. Click that purple '+' in the top right corner of your Apple Podcasts app. We’d love it even more if you could drop a review or 5-star rating over on Apple Podcasts. Simply select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” then a quick line with your favorite part of the episode. It only takes a second and it helps spread the word about the podcast.
    Episode Credits
    If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com Let them know we sent you.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
145 Ratings

145 Ratings

917212 ,

Fascinating corporate drinker exploration

Thank you to Laurie for exploring so many aspects, perspectives, and approaches to culture and solutions related to corporate drinking. Her curiosity is infinite. I learned so much!

AppsterRockstar ,

Let’s Go Deep: Drinking and Workspace

I listened to several episodes back-to-back and appreciate Laurie’s ability to draw out deep conversations between her and her interviewee(s). The episodes go deeper into the nuances, language, and real world experiences of alcohol in the workspace. The range of experts with tactical, strategic knowledge and personal lived experiences keep the listening, very dynamic and engaging! Thank you, Laurie!
— Jen Gilhoi, TEDx Speaker

JennieKpac ,

Corporate drinker is lit

Such an interesting topic that not a lot of people talk about. Interesting perspective on how much alcohol plays into our professions.

Top Podcasts In Business

NerdWallet Personal Finance
Ramsey Network
iHeartPodcasts
Money News Network
Ryan Hawk
Her First $100K

You Might Also Like

Kwame Christian Esq., M.A.
TED
iHeartPodcasts
TED
Josh Bersin
Lewis Howes