31 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.
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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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.
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.

    031: The Great Regret? The Problem With The Great Resignation

    031: The Great Regret? The Problem With The Great Resignation

    The Great Resignation, also known as The Big Quit, is an ongoing economic trend in which employees quit their jobs in search of higher pay and a promise of better opportunities. But has this actually been the case? 

    Jumpstart HR consultant Devin Fruzyna joins Sommer to discuss why many employees currently regret quitting their jobs and how small businesses can adjust their recruiting process to remain competitive and hire the best talent in this new environment.

    Sommer and Devin also share their thoughts on the pros and cons of assessments during the recruitment process. Tune in to learn when employment assessments are appropriate, their impact on the talent acquisition process, and how to set your hiring team up for success.

     

    Key Takeaways 

    Intro (00:00)
    Why so many employees regret quitting their jobs (03:13)
    How to adjust your recruitment process to hire the best candidates (06:07)
    Talent acquisition strategies for small businesses during The Great Resignation (11:44)
    The pros and cons of assessments in the recruitment process (19:35)
    One important thing to consider when doing assessments for candidates (26:30)
    Potential compliance issues to consider when issuing assessments (29:00)

     

    Additional Resources
    📰 Article in question: 

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/mar/20/great-resignation-great-regret-employees-quitting

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    Hosts: Devin Fruzyna and Sommer Ketron

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    • 32 min
    030: Everything Small Business HR Should Know About Unions (2022 Update!)

    030: Everything Small Business HR Should Know About Unions (2022 Update!)

    Since the pandemic, there has been a drastic shift in the number of union petitions - in March of this year, the NLRB union petitions increased to a staggering 57%.

    While historically, unions have been essential in advocating worker safety and fair treatment, they can bring about significant complications, especially for small businesses.

    So what can small business HR teams do about it?

    In today's episode of 'While We Were Working,' Sommer and Joey discuss all you need to know about unions: the main reason companies unionize, how they affect small businesses, and some strategies you can adopt to avoid these situations.

    Sommer and Joey also share their views on the importance of taking care of your team's mental health. Tune in to learn how to address your team's needs and train your employees on building deeper connections.

    Key Takeaways 

    Intro (00:00)
    WWWW: Are labor unions beneficial for small businesses? (01:54)
    Why many public companies are unionizing (05:24)
    The main reason employees are leaving their jobs (09:51)
    What small business HR can do about unions (16:29)
    'Consultant's Corner': Mental health in the workplace (17:44)
    What companies can do to support their employees' mental health (19:40)
    The best strategy to address mental health and wellness at work (24:46)

     

    Additional Resources
    📰 Article in question: 

    https://fremonttribune.com/business/investment/starbucks-union-are-labor-unions-good-for-public-companies/article_08613877-0c27-5a81-b09b-69b5dab81abc.html?mode=comments

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    • 29 min
    029: What Viral TikTok Series 'Salary Transparent Street' Revealed About Pay Transparency and Equality

    029: What Viral TikTok Series 'Salary Transparent Street' Revealed About Pay Transparency and Equality

    Should you share how much you make?

    In today's episode, Joey and Sommer welcome Hannah Williams, a 25-year-old content creator in the DMV area, to share her views on a major issue in the United States: salary transparency. 

    With her viral series, Salary Transparent Street, Hannah challenges strangers across the country to share what they do and how much they make in order to fight discrimination opportunities in the workforce and further close the gender pay gap. 

    Hannah discusses how she uses her platform to educate her community and shares ways to strategize your career to reach your professional goals and build generational wealth.

    Tune in to find out more!

    Key Takeaways 

    Intro (00:00)
    Why Hannah believes companies should adopt pay transparency (03:01)
    How Hannah started Salary Transparent Street (05:20)
    The reason companies have negative perceptions around pay transparency (11:40)
    The link between pay transparency and talent strategies (14:16)
    Hannah's advice for business leaders on pay transparency (24:37)

     

    Additional Resources
    Follow Salary Transparent Street on TikTok at: https://www.tiktok.com/@salarytransparentstreet

    Do you need HR consulting for YOUR small business? We got you covered!

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    Hosts: Joey Price and Sommer Ketron

    This show is powered by Jumpstart:HR, LLC 

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    • 28 min
    028: All You Need To Know About Independent Contractors vs. Full-Time Employees

    028: All You Need To Know About Independent Contractors vs. Full-Time Employees

    While there are certain advantages to hiring independent contractors, converting those contractors to full-time employees is crucial for business growth.

    But when is the best time to convert a contractor to an employee?

    In this week's episode of 'While We Were Working', Joey and Sommer discuss the transition from contractor to employee as you look to build your team. Tune in to learn the pros and cons of hiring contractors and the benefits of having your first full-time hires.

    Sommer and Joey also share their thoughts on Roe v. Wade and its impact on the workforce. You'll learn how to manage sensitive topics as a small business leader and how this news could impact your workforce.

     

    Key Takeaways 

    Intro (00:00)
    WWWW: Should companies discuss Roe v. Wade at work? (01:57)
    How did large organizations react to Roe v. Wade? (06:45)
    How to communicate and manage sensitive topics as a small business leader (11:18)
    When should I convert independent contractors to employees? (18:19)
    What to consider before hiring your first employee (22:41)
    What the IRS states about independent contractors vs. employees (25:37)
    The advantages of hiring employees vs. contractors (29:57)

     

    Additional Resources
    📰 Article in question: 

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/edwardsegal/2022/05/09/why-companies-may-not-speak-out-about-the-future-of--roe-v-wade/?sh=637910c127e2

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    Hosts: Joey Price and Sommer Ketron

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    • 35 min
    027: Skyrocket Your Hybrid Work and Talent Strategies with Gusto's New Features

    027: Skyrocket Your Hybrid Work and Talent Strategies with Gusto's New Features

    A recent data report by HR platform Gusto shows that the share of fully remote workers has increased by 240% since the pandemic began.

    There is no doubt that flexibility has become a crucial factor in whether or not people will take a new job - so it's critical for growing businesses to adapt and develop new HR strategies.

    This week, Joey welcomes Gusto's Liz Wilke and Eric Schuchman to discuss the new trends around remote and hybrid work and how Gusto can help small businesses tackle these HR challenges.

    Tune in to learn how to boost your hybrid work and talent strategies to attract and retain the right kind of talent into your business.

     

    About the Guests
    Eric Schuchman, Head of Product, Gusto

    Eric Schuchman is head of product at Gusto, where he leads product management for their core payroll, benefits, and HR products. During his time at Gusto, Eric has helped scale the company and product from serving thousands of growing businesses to hundreds of thousands, from tens of employees to thousands, and from a payroll product to a full people platform. He is passionate about building products people love. 

    Prior to Gusto, Eric led product teams at Location Labs and Microsoft. Eric holds a degree in electrical computer engineering and biomedical engineering from Duke University, where he graduated magna cum laude, Phi Betta Kappa, and Tau Beta Pi.

     

    Liz Wilke, Principal Economist, Gusto

    Liz Wilke is a Principal Economist at Gusto, researching the state of work and business in the modern economy. Prior to Gusto, Liz led Future of Work research at LinkedIn. She is a veteran of both the technology and government sectors, where she directed research programs and public spending that supports dynamic, resilient companies and workers across the globe. Liz holds a dual BA in Economics and Government from the University of Texas at Austin, and an M.Phil and PhD in Public Policy from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

     

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/lizwilke/ 

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/eschuchman/ 

     

    Key Takeaways 

    Intro (00:00)
    Liz's and Eric's background and role at Gusto (02:16)
    WWWW: Takeaways from Gusto's new report on remote and hybrid work (05:20)
    How small businesses can adapt to remote and hybrid work trends (11:03)
    How Gusto can help you improve your remote work and talent strategies (19:01)
    Tips on how to create a better onboarding experience (30:41) 

     

    Additional Resources
    📰 Article in question: 


    gusto.com/whilewewereworking-data
    gusto.com/whilewewereworking

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    Hosts: Joey Price 

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    • 33 min
    026: Are College Degrees Still Relevant For Hiring The Right Talent in 2022?

    026: Are College Degrees Still Relevant For Hiring The Right Talent in 2022?

    Companies have long used college degrees as a proxy for job competency and career readiness. However, after the COVID-19 pandemic labor shortage and the rise of remote work, numerous companies, especially in tech, are reconsidering their prerequisites for successful hires. 

    In today’s episode, Joey and Sommer discuss whether college degrees are still relevant when hiring the right talent. You’ll learn how to tackle this challenge as a small business and what to expect from this trend in the future.

    Joey and Sommer also share their views on the pros and cons of drug testing and background checks. Should they be a part of your standard hiring process?

    Tune in to find out!

     

    Key Takeaways 

    Intro (00:00)
    High, low, buffalo (01:41)
    WWWW: Are college degrees still necessary? (06:49)
    Why companies are eliminating college degree requirements (10:01)
    What to expect from this trend in the future (12:57)
    Should drug testing be a part of your hiring process? (19:56)
    The pros and cons of drug testing (21:27)
    What to consider before adding drug testing to your hiring process (27:14) 

     

    Additional Resources
    📰 Article in question: 

    https://www.cnbc.com/2022/04/25/companies-eliminate-college-degree-requirement-to-draw-needed-workers.html

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    Java With Joey (Monthly Small Business CEO Mastermind) - https://community.jumpstart-hr.com/offers/mwka2AyB/checkout

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    Hosts: Joey Price and Sommer Ketron

    This show is powered by Jumpstart:HR, LLC 

    www.Jumpstart-HR.com

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

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Becka2U ,

A Breath of Fresh Air

I follow a wide variety of HR podcasts and it’s rare to find one that gets the formula right like this one. Joey and Sommer have a comfortable presence and natural banter that reminds me of everything good about “in office” work. They’ve found a way to present today's most pertinent HR and business topics so that they become relevant to everyone. This show is a must listen.

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Best Live Time HR Podcast Out There !

Joey and Sommer kill it week after week with such well thought out, supported and powerful information to be the best HR pro you can be! The podcast will help your organization find gaps and how to solve them. The meticulous detail that goes into research, understanding and examples goes such a long way. The information is always presented with such quick turn around; new HR legislation passed through on 1/1/2022 and was talked about in length the week of 1/3/2022!! In the world of HR, things happen quickly and you have to think on your toes- Joey and Sommer provide Everything You Need to Know exactly when you need to know it. I cannot wait to see what comes next!

ACEailant ,

Much needed content

While We Were Working is an excellent resource for a non-HR professional like myself. The desire to be a better people leader and business owner has led me here, and I will definitely add this to my weekly rotation.

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