81 episodes

A podcast focused on blending research and practical advice to help today's HR, talent, and learning leaders improve business outcomes.

We're Only Human was started in 2016 as a way to enable today's HR leaders to access the insights of innovative thinkers, thought leaders, and influencers in the human resources, talent, and learning industry. HR is often thought of as a stodgy, uptight bunch of administrators. In reality, great HR leaders are dynamic, innovative business professionals that greatly influence organizational outcomes. We're Only Human focuses on interviews with high quality HR leaders, influential vendor executives, and more to help today's businesses improve their HR service delivery and performance.

We're Only Human Ben Eubanks

    • Management
    • 5.0, 11 Ratings

A podcast focused on blending research and practical advice to help today's HR, talent, and learning leaders improve business outcomes.

We're Only Human was started in 2016 as a way to enable today's HR leaders to access the insights of innovative thinkers, thought leaders, and influencers in the human resources, talent, and learning industry. HR is often thought of as a stodgy, uptight bunch of administrators. In reality, great HR leaders are dynamic, innovative business professionals that greatly influence organizational outcomes. We're Only Human focuses on interviews with high quality HR leaders, influential vendor executives, and more to help today's businesses improve their HR service delivery and performance.

    81: Rethinking Work, Productivity, and Engagement in the Modern Workplace

    81: Rethinking Work, Productivity, and Engagement in the Modern Workplace

    "People don't want flexibility. they want complete control over their time."
    Today, we keep hearing that flexible work is the way to go. People want it. They crave it. 
    Yet in today's episode of We're Only Human, Ben talks with Jody Thompson, creator of the ROWE movement. ROWE stands for "results only work environment," and it has been around for some time (the first book, Why Work Sucks, was published in 2008). 
    Today the workplace looks different than it did then, but according to Thompson, employers are still chasing the wrong things. We're looking at when work gets done and where work gets done, but we're not focusing enough on the what in terms of results. 
    That lack of focus on the right things sometimes forces our people to fight for control over their work. How? By looking for workarounds, playing the "I'm busy" game, arriving early or staying late, and more. Instead of looking at managers as controlling figures, we should look at them as performance coaches. Expect to explore all of this and more in today's conversation. Enjoy!
    Learn more about Jody and ROWE at: https://www.gorowe.com/resource-library

    • 24 min
    WOH 80: 11+ Ideas to Engage and Support Your Remote Teams

    WOH 80: 11+ Ideas to Engage and Support Your Remote Teams

    In recent weeks the podcast has covered critical topics like the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and how HR technology providers are supporting businesses during this time. Today, we're going to take a step toward engaging those workers that are working remotely, many of them doing so for the first time. 
    In this solo episode, Ben covers 11+ ways HR leaders and line managers can support and engage their workers, from simple concepts like one on one's to more complex ideas for how to run company all hands briefings. Working remotely may be a challenge right now, but for those workers that enjoy the experience and want to remain remote after the COVID-19 scare is over, managers will need new tools and ideas to help them support workers they can't see on a daily basis. 
    If you have your own ideas to add to the list, please send them to ben@upstarthr.com and we'll add them to the show notes here. Thanks!

    • 24 min
    WOH 79: How Employers Are Responding to Shutdowns, Quarantines, and Coronavirus

    WOH 79: How Employers Are Responding to Shutdowns, Quarantines, and Coronavirus

    "As the head of HR, I'm now suddenly expected to be a doctor, virologist, and epidemiologist." 
    That quote came from a discussion with an HR leader in the last few days, and it clearly outlines what many companies are going through right now. In today's conversation, Ben talks with Brett Meager of Paycor to learn how employers are responding to the dynamic situations happening across the country as well as how the company is supporting its small and mid-size clients in the middle of the chaos. Brett talks about how the firm is helping to keep people informed on legislation and other details as they arise (see the links in the show notes below for more on that).
    The best thing we can all do right now is share positive, helpful resources and information with each other, so if you would be willing to share this episode with a friend or colleague as a way of making work better and safer, I would greatly appreciate it. 
     
    For pandemic preparedness plans, advice, resources, webinar and communication templates check out the Paycor Coronavirus Support Center for SMB Leaders. Paycor posts on Twitter and LinkedIn daily with our latest COVID19 resources, we encourage you to follow along!
    Brett also shared a few tips on Working From Home with Kids: https://www.paycor.com/resource-center/how-to-work-from-home-with-kids

    • 3 min
    WOH 78: Families First Coronavirus Response Act - What Employers Need to Know

    WOH 78: Families First Coronavirus Response Act - What Employers Need to Know

    "Here's my general advice for businesses--don't be afraid to get help."
    In recent weeks a flurry of legislative activity has led to numerous laws to help employers and businesses dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak, and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act is a big part of the activity. What does this law mean for employers, and how does it benefit them? What other considerations should employers think through as they support their workforces during this pandemic? 
    In this episode, Ben talks with Eric Meyer, Partner at FisherBroyles, LLP, about how employers should be responding to the current environment and what the law means for them. 
    Connect with Eric: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emeyer/
    Follow Eric's blog: https://www.theemployerhandbook.com/
     
    List of HR Tech companies offering free software and/or support: https://lhra.io/blog/hrtech-companies-offering-free-resources-information-covid-19-crisis/ 
     
    Ben's personal piece on how to respond to the crisis: https://upstarthr.com/rising-up-to-embrace-our-humanity/

    • 22 min
    WOH 77: Implementing the Agile Talent Acquisition Methodology at BBVA

    WOH 77: Implementing the Agile Talent Acquisition Methodology at BBVA

    Agile talent acquisition? What's that? 
    Many of the talent leaders we encounter have heard of agile as it pertains to the software development industry, but what lessons does this methodology have for today's talent leaders? 
    Agile, at its core, is about prioritizing (ruthlessly) on the things that need to get done. In agile talent acquisition, managers hold more power to set priorities. At the same time, recruiters and talent advisors get the benefit of clearer communication, a framework that sets them up for success, and a true partnership with their customers (the hiring managers in the organization). 
    In today's discussion, Ben talks with Trent Cotton, a key figure in the implementation of agile talent acquisition methods at BBVA, a global financial firm with more than 10,000 North American employees and a global workforce of over 100,000. Cotton explains how the process works, what benefits BBVA has seen from the approach, and offers specific advice for how to make it a reality in any organization. 
    If you'd like to connect with Trent, you can find him on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/trentcotton
    If you found this episode valuable, you might also enjoy episode 58, which was an intriguing conversation with Paul Shane about how Northwestern Mutual created its hiring playbook: https://upstarthr.com/were-only-human-58-open-sourcing-the-recruiting-playbook-from-northwestern-mutual/
    This is somewhat like our conversation with the H&R Block head of TA on episode 25: https://beneubanks.podbean.com/e/were-only-human-25-how-to-forecast-hiring-needs-and-lead-a-recruiting-team/

    • 45 min
    WOH 76: What a Study of 1,000 SMB Companies Tells Us about HR

    WOH 76: What a Study of 1,000 SMB Companies Tells Us about HR

    "HR is representing the people at your organization that deliver the results of whatever mission you have... There is no greater voice for the people than HR."

    We hear so much about large employers and enterprise firms in the news. These organizations are a key part of the global economy, but did you know that over 99% of employers in the US have fewer than 1,000 employees? Yes, really! This market of smaller organizations employs more than half of the US workforce and creates incredible value not just globally but in millions of communities where these firms create jobs and opportunities in their respective areas. 
    In this episode, Ben interviews Tom Hammond from Paychex to talk about this critical SMB (small and mid-sized business) market and how these firms operate. Last year Lighthouse Research ran an analysis of 1,000 employers to understand how they buy technology, hire HR staff, and outsource HR activities. This study offers critical insights as Ben and Tom talk about how many of these firms have HR technology, what drives decisions about hiring HR staff, and more. To see the research Ben and Tom discuss, check out https://lighthouseresearch.lpages.co/hr-adoption-curve/To learn more about Paychex, visit Paychex.comTo connect with Tom, reach out on Twitter: @thammondhr

    • 32 min

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