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You've been in the HR trenches for years. Now, are you ready to look toward the future? Join host, Meghan M Biro on the #WorkTrends podcast from TalentCulture as she talks about how work is changing. You'll get all the news you need to stay current, and hear from leading experts, HR tech vendors and HR practitioners about what inspires them. Join us on Twitter every Wednesday at 1:30 pm Eastern for a live chat using the hashtag #WorkTrends.

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You've been in the HR trenches for years. Now, are you ready to look toward the future? Join host, Meghan M Biro on the #WorkTrends podcast from TalentCulture as she talks about how work is changing. You'll get all the news you need to stay current, and hear from leading experts, HR tech vendors and HR practitioners about what inspires them. Join us on Twitter every Wednesday at 1:30 pm Eastern for a live chat using the hashtag #WorkTrends.

    The Bigot in Your Mental Boardroom

    The Bigot in Your Mental Boardroom

    The Supreme Court recently handed down a landmark Federal civil rights law that protects gay, lesbian and transgender workers from workplace discrimination based on sex, including gender identity and sexual orientation. The ruling extends protections to millions of workers nationwide, and it’s an incredible victory for inclusiveness and diversity. But on a day to day level, we have a lot of work to do. Even in workplaces that consider themselves inclusive, coexistence can be harrowing for those whose identity doesn’t conform to gender stereotypes. 
     
    In many ways and on many levels, we so often don’t know what our fellow coworkers are going through. We don’t see their struggles — and in some cases, that ignorance can make it worse. Since bias, diversity and inclusiveness are very much front and center for so many conversations about work, and they should be, I wanted to make sure we looked at how it is for LGBTQ employees. That’s a segment of diversity and inclusion we don’t focus on enough. So we’re going to head from an expert on the issue who’s developed a very effective methodology for increasing empathy and self-awareness. It’s a tool for reducing unconscious bias, microaggressions, and other challenges that LGBTQ employees face all too often, and creating a sense of camaraderie, collaboration and support that truly includes everyone. 
     
    Today I’m welcoming Elena Joy Thurston to #WorkTrends. Elena is an inspirational speaker and founder of the PRIDE and Joy Foundation, and she has an incredible life story. She’s here to talk about the connection between growing our self-awareness and making our work cultures truly inclusive.

    • 32 min
    Leading Organizations to Resilience and Diversity

    Leading Organizations to Resilience and Diversity

    Leaders today are grappling with very real and pressing challenges: keeping their workforce safe, balancing the need for business results with the need for compassion, staying ahead of new laws and regulations, grappling with whether or not to reopen and how to do it safely. As they put their hearts and minds into how to improve their work cultures on a very fundamental level, two factors to keep in mind: resilience — the ability to weather changes and struggles and bounce back intact, and diversity. 
     
    Forward thinking leadership means taking a clear stance on diversity that is effective and relevant. It’s one critical way to increase the resilience of your organization and your work culture. If you don’t address the problems that make your work culture brittle, it snaps under pressure. If you don’t aim to expand your workforce to represent as many diverse points of view as possible, you lose that ability to make the best decisions based on seeing all the possible angles. But if as a leader you don’t have a well-developed sense of emotional intelligence, you won’t practice the empathy and the clarity to understand the dynamics at work in your organizational culture, and steer your workforce through a crisis — any crisis. And you likely won’t be able to keep your best talent for very long. 
     
    Today I’m welcoming Melissa Lamson, CEO of Lamson Consulting to talk about the new imperative for leaders — to bring resilience as well as diversity to their organizations, and why the two go hand in hand.

    • 22 min
    Getting Real About ATS

    Getting Real About ATS

    As hiring kicks back into gear with companies rebuilding workforces, adding new employees, and shifting gears to meet the needs of reopening and ramping up business, here’s the question. Are you getting the results you need to get from your hiring technology? And: Are you getting lots of leads from third party job postings, or reducing time to hire? Are you meeting your diversity goals? Does your ATS help you bring in people who join the organization and stay, and thrive? Are the new hires a good match, and are you able to leverage metadata to find out?
     
    The answers to those questions are going to be increasingly key in the coming months and the near future. Today on #WorkTrends I’ll be talking to Doug Coull. Doug is the founder and CEO of APS, Inc., makers of SmartSearch talent acquisition and staffing management software. He’s here to discuss why we need to get real about ATS. It’s a lot more than a process or a tool. An ATS system thrives on guidance, collaboration and partnership. That means having an ATS partner who can work with you to create great solutions. An ATS partner helps companies make the best decisions around hiring — to improve their hiring success and sustain their business as they move forward, regroup and rebuild. There’s a lot to know about the why and the how of ATS.

    • 30 min
    Leading Through Uncertainty

    Leading Through Uncertainty

    Leading through a crisis used to be part of the conversation but now, in these times, it is the conversation. We’re in a health crisis, an economic crisis, and also a social crisis — and all are having a heavy impact on our workforces. And these strategies apply to any crisis — hopefully they won’t be as mammoth as what we’re facing as of late. 
     
    The good news is that if leaders take the right approach they can help steer the company and their people through the maze of uncertainty, fear, and anxiety and be in far better shape when they come out on the other side of the crisis. That means being as transparent as you can be, communicating clearly and frequently, and being careful about the speed and velocity of any decision, or pivot. Leaders have had to oversee a dramatic shift to remote work in so many industries — and in others, they have had to find ways to help make their workforce safe. But these are all the factors of trust — and trust is the glue that’s going to hold your organization together, no matter the nature of your business, or the size of your workforce.  

    Today I’m talking to Doug Butler, the CEO of Reward Gateway, on #WorkTrends. We’re going to be looking at how leaders bring their organizations through a crisis — and how to make the best decisions and changes to sustain yourself over the near term and the long term. Reward Gateway is an organization that has adaptability built right into its DNA, and it’s a great example of the kind of flexibility and forward thinking we all want to have in our own organizations. But the ability to survive a crisis has as much to do with each and every person in the organization, and with the leader’s capacity for empathy, ability to converse their energy, and to look forward with clarity.

    • 28 min
    Assessing Digital Skills for Hiring Now

    Assessing Digital Skills for Hiring Now

    What’s happening today has thrown lives and work into turmoil, but we’ve never adapted more quickly. What’s enabling some businesses to pivot in record time is being grounded in the technology needed to keep the workflow going, and the people who possess the digital skills to make it happen. 
     
    Digital skills were in high demand before Covid-19, part of the digital transformation some call Work 4.0, and that demand is increasing. As businesses scale, adjust, strategize, and aim for the future, their survival depends on workforce that’s skilled in digital skills — including analytics, data-driven decision making, and new and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. 
     
    How do you create that workforce, as a startup, an SMB, as a Fortune 500? By understanding the nature of your business, assessing what you need to function, and identifying the gaps. And there are effective strategies to assess the digital skills of prospective hires today that accommodate a changed hiring landscape. 
     
    On this episode of #WorkTrends, sponsored by SAS, our guest is Sean O’Brien, Senior Vice President, Education at SAS. We’re discussing how to create a digitally skilled workforce, including assessing the skills gaps you may not even realize you have in your company. Sean will talk about the new realities and challenges organizations face as far as hiring talent, and how to better develop the talent you already have.

    • 23 min
    Improving Work Culture with VR

    Improving Work Culture with VR

    On a granular level, work cultures are made of relationships, and relationships are made of interactions. Every interaction we make has the opportunity to benefit our relationships or potentially cause damage. In work, where relationships are the backbone of collaboration, productivity, engagement and teamwork, interactions are important to get right. 
     
    But it’s not always that easy, or that simple. Even before the pandemic triggered a lockdown and work from home, we weren’t always succeeding. Now that we’re working remotely with increased distraction and less direct contact, or on the front lines as essential workers under tremendous pressures, the dynamics have gotten even more complicated. Zoom fatigue and incivility are just two factors undermining our working relationships, whether we’re aware of them or not.

    Today, Robin Rosenberg, CEO and Founder of Live in Their World, as well as an executive coach and clinical psychologist, joins #WorkTrends to talk about the best practices for improving our work interactions and our empathy for each other, and learning how to repair the damage before it adds up to an impasse. Robin’s organization, Live in Their World, uses VR technology to teach us not just how to walk in each other’s shoes, but “in their feet,” to truly experience their perspective and build bridges rather than walls.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

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14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Tricia.Mann ,

Worth the listen!

Meghan has a comfortable way of extracting meaningful insights and actionable steps from her guests.

Katie Joy B. ,

HR Heroes!

Meghan and her incredibly knowledgeable guests shine the brightest of lights on the eCommerce industry and the hardworking people in it! Informative, encouraging, and engaging are just a few of the words I'd use to describe the time you'll spend with them. Thanks so much for putting out such a superb show Meghan - keep up the great work!

MikeSippleJr ,

Great Community. Great Insights.

I have been a follower of Meghan Biro through #WorkTrends and @TalentCulture for several years. This podcast is valuable and filled with resources to make work, culture and life more effective for ourselves and others. Keep leading the way!

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