116 episodes

This weekly podcast for HR Pros and People Leaders focuses on topics like employee engagement, workplace culture, and HR law for the agile, modern workplace. Learn more at: http://whilewewereworking.com.
Hosts Joey Price and Sommer Ketron bring their own personal perspective and years of experience to cover trending topics you might’ve missed while you were working.

Visit jumpstart-hr.com for more episodes and to learn more about our HR Outsourcing support services.

While We Were Working: Your Weekly Small Business HR and People Leadership Podcast Jumpstart HR LLC

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    • 5.0 • 15 Ratings

This weekly podcast for HR Pros and People Leaders focuses on topics like employee engagement, workplace culture, and HR law for the agile, modern workplace. Learn more at: http://whilewewereworking.com.
Hosts Joey Price and Sommer Ketron bring their own personal perspective and years of experience to cover trending topics you might’ve missed while you were working.

Visit jumpstart-hr.com for more episodes and to learn more about our HR Outsourcing support services.

    Internal Hiring vs External Hiring - What’s Better? Ft. Fit Small Business

    Internal Hiring vs External Hiring - What’s Better? Ft. Fit Small Business

    Summary
    This episode’s conversation explores the topic of internal versus external hiring in small businesses. Experts from Jumpstart HR and the Fit Small Business team discuss the key differences between the two methods, including the impact on cost, time efficiency, employee morale, retention rates, and diversity of skill sets. They also provide a five-step framework to determine whether to fill a role with an internal hire or an external hire, which includes assessing current skills and gaps, identifying growth and development opportunities, conducting a cost benefit analysis, considering cultural fit and adaptability, and evaluating long-term impact and strategic alignment.
    Takeaways
    Internal and external recruitment methods have different impacts on cost, time efficiency, employee morale, retention rates, and diversity of skill sets.
    A five-step framework can help small businesses determine whether to fill a role with an internal hire or an external hire: assess current skills and gaps, identify growth and development opportunities, conduct a cost benefit analysis, consider cultural fit and adaptability, and evaluate long-term impact and strategic alignment.
    Communication, performance reviews, and feedback are important in assessing current skills, identifying growth opportunities, and promoting internal candidates.
    Cost considerations include compensation, benefits, and potential expenses for external hiring, while internal hiring may involve salary adjustments and filling previous positions.
    Cultural fit and adaptability should be considered when deciding between internal and external candidates, as well as the long-term impact and alignment with business goals.
    Chapters
    00:00 Introduction
    03:23 Key differences between internal and external recruitment methods
    06:00 Cost implications of internal versus external hiring
    08:46 Time efficiency of internal and external recruitment methods
    14:16 Effect of internal and external recruitment on employee morale and retention
    16:31 Impact of internal and external candidate recruiting strategies on diversity of skill sets
    21:57 Step 1: Assessment
    24:30 Step 2: Identifying
    28:04 Step 3: Costs
    31:24 Step 4: Culture
    31:54 Step 5: Long-term impact and strategic alignment
     
    To learn more about Internal vs External Hiring, visit @FitSmallBusiness’s Helpful Guide: https://fitsmallbusiness.com/internal-vs-external-recruiting
     
    To subscribe to Fit Small Business, visit: https://link.fitsmallbusiness.com/join/65m/hr-social-signup
     
    To work with Jumpstart HR’s team of HR professionals, visit our website: www.jumpstart-hr.com

    • 32 min
    NYC’s AI Bias Law Isn’t Working + Demystifying Employee Ratings

    NYC’s AI Bias Law Isn’t Working + Demystifying Employee Ratings

    SummaryIn this episode, Joey Price and Sommer Ketron discuss New York City’s AI bias law and the challenges it faces in terms of enforcement and compliance. They also evaluate the use of numerical ratings in performance reviews, highlighting the pros and cons of this approach. The conversation emphasizes the importance of clear communication in performance management and offers assistance in developing effective performance rating systems.
    TakeawaysNew York City’s AI bias law, which requires employers to audit automated employment decision tools for potential bias, has faced challenges in terms of compliance and enforcement.The law’s narrow scope and lack of awareness among employers contribute to low compliance rates.Numerical ratings in performance reviews provide clarity and a means of quantifying performance, but they can also be subjective and demotivating.Alternative approaches to performance reviews that focus on feedback and improvement without assigning numerical scores may be more effective.Clear communication and evaluation of performance rating systems are crucial for successful performance management.
    Chapters00:00 - Introduction and Overview01:54 - Discussion of New York City’s AI Bias Law03:55 - Challenges and Non-Compliance with the Law08:30 - Enforcement and Compliance Issues15:10 - Numerical Ratings in Performance Reviews and Pros and Cons of Numerical Ratings20:00 - Clarity and Subjectivity of Numerical Ratings26:01 - Alternative Approaches to Performance Reviews28:00 - Importance of Communication in Performance Management28:27 - Assistance with Performance Rating Systems30:07 - Conclusion

    • 29 min
    Traits of a Great Leader at Work + My Job Changed And I’m Not Happy About It

    Traits of a Great Leader at Work + My Job Changed And I’m Not Happy About It

    Summary
    In this episode, Joey Price and Sommer Ketron discuss the traits of a great leader and how to compare oneself against those traits. Also exploring what to do when an employee’s job changes and they are no longer happy about it. The conversation emphasizes the importance of hiring for fit, prioritizing attitude over aptitude, and motivating employees to be engaged. Also discussing the Gallup poll that suggests only 10% of people in management positions have the talent to lead, highlighting the need for coaching and support. In the Consultant’s Corner segment, they provide insights on how to handle job changes and address employee dissatisfaction.
     
    Takeaways
    Hiring for fit is crucial to ensure employees align with the position and the company’s culture.
    Great leaders prioritize attitude over aptitude, focusing on employees’ willingness to learn and grow.
    Motivation and employee engagement are key to inspiring employees to perform at their best.
    Coaching and support are essential for developing management skills and bridging skill or will gaps.
    Handling job changes requires open communication, understanding employee concerns, and managing expectations.
     
    Chapters
    00:00 - Introduction
    01:16 - Article: Are You a Great Leader or an Average Leader?
    04:48 - Hiring for Fit
    07:20 - Attitude vs. Aptitude
    10:37 - Motivation and Employee Engagement
    13:14 - Management Ability and Coaching
    16:13 - Consultant’s Corner: Handling Job Changes

    • 29 min
    HR’s Toughest Challenges + Can AI Hire Better Candidates?

    HR’s Toughest Challenges + Can AI Hire Better Candidates?

    Summary
    In this episode, Joey Price and Sommer Ketron discuss the challenges that HR professionals face and how candidates are using AI to cheat the recruiting process. Exploring top concerns keeping HR executives up at night, including navigating HR budgets and managing hybrid remote workplaces. And discussing the shift in focus from recruitment and retention to building company culture and learning development. The importance of employee engagement and people analytics is highlighted, along with practical tips for job seekers and hiring managers to adapt to the use of AI in the hiring process.
     
    Takeaways
    HR executives are concerned about navigating HR budgets, managing hybrid remote workplaces, recruitment and retention, employee engagement, and people analytics.
    Candidates are using AI tools to craft resumes and cover letters, making it difficult for hiring managers to identify qualified candidates on paper.
    Hiring managers should familiarize themselves with AI tools and look for indicators of AI-generated content, such as language and sentence structure.
    To adapt to the use of AI in the hiring process, hiring managers can prioritize in-depth references, work samples, skill demonstrations, and assessments.
    Chapters
    00:00 - Introduction
    02:23 - What’s Keeping HR Up at Night
    03:49 - Navigating HR Budgets and Managing Hybrid Remote Workplaces
    04:55 - Shift in Focus: Recruitment and Retention
    06:42 - Importance of Employee Engagement
    09:23 - The Significance of People Analytics
    12:57 - Consultants Corner
    13:19 - Candidates Using AI to Cheat the Recruiting Process
    16:04 - Advice for Job Seekers and Hiring Managers
    23:22 - Using One-Way Video Interviews
    26:16 - Conclusion

    • 26 min
    2024 PTO Trends + What If My Employee Goes To Jail?

    2024 PTO Trends + What If My Employee Goes To Jail?

    Summary
    In this episode, Joey Price and Sommer Ketron discuss two topics: PTO trends and what to do when an employee is in jail. Exploring the trends and challenges of unlimited PTO, including the low percentage of employers offering it and the barriers to its implementation. While also providing insights and advice on how to handle the situation when an employee is in jail, emphasizing the importance of understanding legal requirements and considering options such as leave of absence or termination.
     
    Takeaways
    Unlimited PTO is still not widely adopted by employers, with only around 9% offering it.
    Barriers to unlimited PTO include heavy workloads, inadequate staffing, and lack of leadership support.
    The adoption of unlimited PTO is relatively new, and it may become more common as companies compete for talent.
    When an employee is in jail, employers should understand their legal requirements and consider options such as leave of absence or termination.
     
    Chapters
    00:00 - Introduction
    02:00 - PTO Trends\
    11:09 - Adoption of Unlimited PTO
    12:05 - Unlimited PTO hurdles
    15:08 - Consultant’s Corner: Employee in Jail
    23:16 - Legal Requirements and Options
    25:36 - Follow-up Questions
    28:09 - Conclusion

    • 28 min
    Exploring Current Work Trends + Value of Podcast for HR Professionals

    Exploring Current Work Trends + Value of Podcast for HR Professionals

    Summary
    In this episode, Joey, with guests Bill Banham and Christopher Bjorling from the People and Performance Podcast, is here to provide insights while covering various topics related to current trends in the world of work. They discuss impactful changes, such as the shift to remote work and the rapid advancement of technology. Exploring the long-term viability and impact of remote work on organizational culture, while also highlighting the use of podcasts as a strategic learning tool for HR professionals, offering insights and perspectives from industry experts. They also share success stories and impactful conversations from their very own People and Performance Podcast, which viewers interested in learning and continuing their personal and professional development can explore.
     
    Takeaways
    The world of work has undergone significant transformations, including the shift to remote work and the rapid advancement of technology.
    Remote work has become a new norm for many organizations, and its long-term viability and impact on organizational culture depend on leadership and individual preferences.
    Podcasts can be a valuable tool for HR professionals to stay up to date on industry trends and continuously learn. They provide bite-sized insights and perspectives from industry experts.
    Success stories and impactful conversations on podcasts can inspire and provide valuable insights for HR professionals.
    Continuous learning and staying adaptable are crucial in the ever-evolving world of work.
     
    Chapters
    00:00 - Introduction and Guest Bios
    03:06 - Impactful Changes in the World of Work
    08:05 - Rapid Advancement of Technology and its Impact on the Workplace
    12:31 - Long-Term Viability and Impact of Remote Work
    18:07 - Addressing Work-Life Balance in Remote Settings
    23:09 - Podcasts as a Strategic Learning Tool for HR Professionals
    29:11 - Success Stories and Impactful Conversations on the Podcast
    35:45 - Conclusion

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

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15 Ratings

HAUXLove ,

Best HR Podcast!!

While We Were Working by Joey and Sommer nails the perfect mix of engaging content, helpful insights, and relevance. Joey and Sommer's expertise shines as they break down complex HR topics in an easy-to-understand way. They keep things fresh by staying current with trends and legal updates, making each episode a valuable source of knowledge. The hosts' chemistry and passion create an enjoyable listening experience that's both informative and fun. Even if you are not in the HR field, everyone can benefit from listening to the topics spoken on in the podcast.

Dave_L_ ,

My Go To Podcast

This podcast has been my go to for relevant content and discussion on HR norms and trends. It is consistently excellent, engaging, and helpful.

QueenBCx13 ,

Fantastic, relevant content

Great HR content, relevant to today’s trends. Joey and Sommer have a great vibe!

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