Best of the HR Happy Hour Show in 2020

January 26, 2021

While 2020 was an absolutely insane year on any number of levels, one of the things that helped us at H3 HR, (and hopefully some of you as well), stay relatively sane and “normal” was keeping up regular recordings of our HR Happy Hour Show/Podcast, now in it’s 12th year of production. While we obviously focused on and covered the many work and workplace issues that arose in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, (employer response, support of remote work, re-opening workplaces, support for essential functions like Payroll, etc.), we also produced dozens of episodes covering other topics that were important to us in 2020. I thought it would be a good idea to re-surface and share a few of the HR Happy Hour Show episodes from 2020 that were in my view memorable, insightful, important and relevant. With everything going on in 2020, you may have missed some of these the first time around, but the content of these shows is pretty evergreen, and remains as relevant in early 2021 as when we originally recorded.

In chronological order, here are some of my favorites HR Happy Hour from 2020 – and as a reminder you can listen to any of these shows on the players below, or on your favorite podcast app – just search for “HR Happy Hour.”

HR Happy Hour 413 – Leading with a Servant’s Heart – Guest: Giovanni Gallo, Co-CEO, Compliance Line

We were joined by Giovanni Gallo, Co-CEO of Compliance Line, a provider of case management, exclusion screening and whistleblower hotline solutions for leaders to gain visibility and clarity to care for their people. On the show, Giovanni shared his view on Servant Leadership, its definition, the key differences between Servant Leadership and more traditional leadership approaches, and how HR and business leaders can begin to explore using Servant Leadership principles in their organizations. We discussed the importance of imbibing values of caring in the workplace, how servant leadership is really about making other people’s lives better and more fulfilling, and some of the challenges and barriers that make adopting Servant Leadership a challenge at times. We also talked about keeping cool under a tornado warning, recording a podcast on your birthday, and more.

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HR Happy Hour 421 – Increasing Opportunities for People on the Autism Spectrum – Guest: Tim Vogus, Deputy Director, Business Innovations for the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation at Vanderbilt University.

On the show we talked about how employers and HR leaders can better understand the needs of employees and candidates who are on the autism spectrum, how HR and talent management processes can be made more open to and inclusive for people on the spectrum, and how HR leaders can begin to think more openly and expansively about this deep pool of talented people. We also discussed our favorite time passers during the time of self isolation which included Atypical, Giri/Haji, @DNice, and Sterling K. Brown’s workouts.

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HR Happy Hour 423 – Understanding and Communicating Employee Total Rewards – Guests: Peter Newhouse, Global Head of Reward, Unilever; Ken Charman, CEO, uFlexReward

We talk about Unilever’s approach to managing, understanding, and communicating total employee rewards to its global population of employees. Their desire to make total employee rewards a more strategic element in their approach to HR and talent management led them to develop a new total rewards technology solution that gives both employees and HR leaders real time access and insight to total rewards data. This effort has launched uFlexReward, a new total rewards platform that organizations can leverage in their own total rewards management and communications.

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HR Happy Hour 424 – Workplace Movie Hall of Fame: The Devil Wears Prada

Steve and Trish break down the 2006 Film “The Devil Wears Prada” one of the great workplace movies of the last 20 years. “The Devil Wears Prada” is the story of how the just-graduated journalism student Andrea Sachs is hired to work as the second assistant of the powerful and sophisticated Miranda Priestly, the ruthless and executive of the Runway fashion magazine. We dig into the movie’s explorations of HR and workplace ideas like hiring for culture fit, paying your dues at work, the importance of finding the right workplace mentor, and how it is to work for a tough minded, domineering boss with extremely high expectations.

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HR Happy Hour 439 – Leadership Lessons from Gettysburg – Guests: Dick Richardson and Rebecca Ray

We were joined by Dick Richardson and Rebecca Ray to talk about the Gettysburg Leadership Experience, an amazing experiential learning experience for leaders and teams, some of the important lessons about leadership that we can learn from the actual Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, and how they can apply to our careers and organizations today. This was such a fun discussion on a subject all four of us are super passionate about.

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HR Happy Hour 444 – Sustaining Innovation in the Modern HR Function – Guest: Melissa Harper, Senior Vice President of HR Innovations, Bayer

We were joined by Melissa Harper from Bayer, a global life science company with over 100K employees in over 100 countries to talk about innovation in HR and how to keep your employees engaged during a tough operating environment. Melissa shared how Bayer HR supports the global workforce by listening to employees as they craft the “Next Normal” – encompassing decision making, personalization, and engaging employees in creating the way forward. Additionally, Melissa shared the makeup of the Bayer HR innovation function, and some of the roles and skills that encompass HR innovation and modern HR.

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HR Happy Hour 448 – How Google Took its Famous Internship Program Remote – Guest: Kyle Ewing from Google

We were joined by Kyle Ewing from Google, to talk about how Google shifted their famous and legendary summer internship program to a 100% remote model, in a very short timeframe. Kyle shared the key elements of a successful internship program, how they adapted the program in the time of the pandemic, and gave advice for HR leaders on how to make the most of their internship programs.

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HR Happy Hour 457 – The End of Jobs and the Future of Work – Guest: Jeff Wald, the founder of WorkMarket

We were joined by Jeff Wald, the founder of WorkMarket and enterprise software platform that enables companies to manage freelancers (acquired by ADP) to talk about his recent book “The End of Jobs: The Rise of On-Demand Workers and Agile Corporations”, and how the nature of work has changed and will continue to evolve going forward. Jeff shared how a reliance on data and an understanding of labor market history are critical to make informed predictions about the future.

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It’s been our great honor to be able to continue to produce the HR Happy Hour Show and we thank all of our listeners, guests, and of course our partners Paychex and Workhuman for all their support!

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