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MHR PodcastJul 07, 2022
The Reality of AI
This week Andy and Emma discuss how businesses are investing in AI employees, and raise the question of how ready businesses are to embrace the technology.
Development (This Time It's Personal)
This week Andy and Tom explore the various routes that both employees and employers can take to enable personal development and growth.
Zealous Gen Z
This week Andy and Emma discuss the September influx of Gen Z into the workforce, and the importance of embracing their talents and creating a lasting impact on their careers.
Back to School Blues
It's back to business for Andy and Emma this week as they discuss the impact of coming back to work after the summer holidays, and what organisations can do to re-energise their team and add value.
To celebrate National Payroll Week, Andy and Emma discuss employee financial wellbeing, and steps that organisations can take to encourage financial freedom for their teams.
Make sure to sign-up for the MHR Payroll Summit happening on the 4th - 8th September to access the real-time payroll webinar, and a variety of free payroll resources.
Pulling a Sickie
This week Andy and Emma are talking all things sick days, from the etiquettes of battling illness at work to the craziest reasons employees have pulled a sickie!
It's all in the detail this week as Andy and Emma discuss the importance of building your brand on LinkedIn, with hints and tips on how to make your profile stand out - and common (and often cringeworthy) mistakes to avoid!
Rise and Grind!
It's time to smell the coffee this week as Andy and Emma discuss the impact of hustle culture on employers and employees - and how to prioritise yourself first. You should hear Andy's hustle routine!
Andy and Emma go together like PB & J this week as they discuss the benefits of building friendships at work. The real question is, how well do they really know each other?
Flexible Working Bill
This week, Andy and Emma review the latest Flexible Working Bill to pass through Royal Assent - and how employers and employees alike can benefit.
Andy and Emma are back from their holidays - and they've been served a meeting medley! The duo discuss the rise in workplace meetings and alternative solutions to improve productivity and communication.
We're all going on a summer holiday this week as Andy and Emma discuss the rising trend of 'hush holidays' - and the responsibilities that organisations have to manage their employees annual leave entitlement.
Runs in the Family
It's a family affair this week as Andy and Emma discuss the advantages of a family owned business - and celebrate our most recent Midlands Family Business of the Year Award win!
Feeling the Benefit
This week, Andy and Emma discuss the changing culture of workplace benefits and their importance to employees.
They also explore some more nuanced benefits... plant leave anyone?
We're Halfway There!
Wooooah! This week, Andy and Emma celebrate reaching 25 episode milestone of the MHR Podcast with a half year review. Prepare for lots of reminiscing!
AI for Hire
That's Ms Ingram, to you and I. This week, Andy and Emma discuss the development of AI bot, Avery Ingram who is now available to hire by businesses - it is said she is 'Avery good assistant!'
This week, Andy and Emma discuss the changing landscape of the job market - with more graduates favouring salary over mental health during the financial crunch - and what businesses can do to support all employees with their financial wellbeing.
Location, Location, Location
This week, P̶h̶i̶l̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶K̶i̶r̶s̶t̶y̶ Andy and Emma discuss the importance of choosing your office location wisely and the business benefits it can bring.
They also discuss some office 'quirks' that raise a few eyebrows!
This week, Andy and Emma discuss the changing relationship with alcohol in workplace culture, and how organisations can create a more inclusive environment for their teetotal colleagues.
In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Week, Andy and Emma are joined by Julia Roberts, Internal Trainer and Mental Health First Aider here at MHR to discuss this years theme of Anxiety and what organisations can do to support their employees.
This week, Andy and Emma discuss common workplace 'icks' - like food theft - and the impact that these petty crimes can have on business culture.
A Royal Appointment
In celebration of the Coronation of King Charles III, this week Andy and Emma are discussing the positive benefits that a change in leadership can bring to a business.
They also discover their Royal Names!
ABC of Learning
...easy as 123! This week, Andy and Emma are joined by Ian MacKinnon, Product Owner of Learning here at MHR to discuss the changing landscape of learning and what businesses can do to improve their LMS strategies.
Humour has it...
...that laughter is the best medicine! This week, Andy and Emma discuss the positive and negative effects of humour in the workplace, and how it can be leveraged for the benefit of business.
From Distress to De-Stress
A little stress conversation a little more action please! This week, for National Stress Awareness Month, Andy and Emma talk about common stresses in the workplace and how people and businesses can tackle it.
Don't 'Crack' Under the Pressure
Things reach boiling point this week as Andy and Emma discuss office-based peer pressures and how teams can reduce it to a simmer. There’s a couple of yolks in there, too!
It's Oh So Quiet (Hiring!)
Shh! Shh! This week, Andy and Emma are discussing the rising trend of 'Quiet Hiring', where savvy HR leaders are focusing on upskilling existing employees to fulfil talent gaps in their organisations. We think that's something to shout about!
It's a (Data) Pirate's Life
Shiver me timbers! This week, Andy and Emma are joined by MHR's Chief Security Officer, Will North, to discuss the increase in cyber security attacks on businesses across the UK - with advice on how to avoid your data being held to ransom!
Spring (Budget) has Sprung
In a special episode of the MHR Podcast, Andy and Emma are joined by Neil Tonks to review Jeremy Hunt's Spring Budget announcement.
With discussion around childcare reform, corporation tax and workforce accessibility - will it be a (spring) clean sweep for the Conservatives?
The (Tax Year) End is Nigh
The tax year end is nigh this week as Andy and Emma invite MHR's Legislation Guru, Neil Tonks, to review the 22/23 tax year and what to expect for 23/24.
And as 'Bare Minimum Monday's' make the news, they discuss other corporate buzzwords that should also come to an end!
Time is Money
Time is of the essence this week as Andy and Emma discuss the pitfalls of employee time theft and absenteeism – and the importance of bringing together workforce and people management systems.
And it’s not just time that is being stolen…
Bad Practice Pancakes
In the spirit of Lent, this week Andy and Emma sit down to discuss bad management habits that need to go, from micromanagement to lack of team building – and how People Management Systems may just be the tonic!
People Systems & Employee Engagement
Andy and Emma discuss the woes of paper holiday requests, old-style intranets, and how the right technology should aid employee communication and engagement across organisations.
Emma guest-stars in the Quick-Fire Round once again.
Us vs. the Machines II: Judgement Day
Andy and Emma invite MHR’s Research Director Hannah Jeacock to the podcast to discuss ChatGPT again, what it could mean for the future of work and Andy declares his love for payroll!
Andy and Emma discuss the concept of 'Business as Usual,' how the world of work is anything but usual in a post-pandemic world and Emma stars in Guess That Business Acronym!
Andy is joined by Producer Tom alongside Julia Roberts and Chris Mellors, Internal Trainers at MHR, to discuss the increasing skills gaps organisations are facing, common themes across departments and how the right training can aid employee retention.
Us vs. the Machines
This week Andy and Emma are discussing all things AI, the rise of ChatGPT and how this may affect working life going forward.
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Andy and Emma chat about the January blues and what businesses can do to support all aspects of wellbeing for employees, with insights from MHR's Employee Experience report.
New Year, New Us
We’re going weekly! Join us for a new era of the MHR Podcast, where we bring you all the latest news and stories from the world of HR, payroll and finance.
Andy Fowler and our new host Emma Hatton, are joined by Emily Glover, our Head of Talent & Resourcing to discuss New Year's resolutions and some fascinating stories from the end of last year.
Data-Driven: What's Next? with Neil Martin
Jemma and Andy are joined for the final time by Neil Martin, previous Formula 1 strategist for Scuderia Ferrari, Red Bull Racing & Red Bull Technology and McLaren Racing. 🏎️
In this episode, they discuss strategically planning the direction of your organisation and ask Neil some personal highlights over the course of his career in Formula 1.
Data-Driven: The Current Climate with Neil Martin
Jemma and Andy are joined by Neil Martin, previous Formula 1 strategist for Ferrari, Red Bull Racing and McLaren Racing, for the second part of this 3-part-special.
In this episode, discover what the current climate of data analytics looks like, as well as the challenges of application and adoption of a solid data strategy.
Data-Driven: Embracing Risk with Neil Martin
Jemma and Andy are joined by Neil Martin, previous Formula 1 strategist for Ferrari, Red Bull Racing and McLaren Racing, for this 3-part-special on how his journey with analytics and data drove his Formula 1 career and why every business should be data-driven.
Budget 3: Revenge of the Hunt
In this episode, Jemma and Andy are joined by Philip Edwards, our Finance Director, to discuss the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, and the impact this will have on businesses and individuals going forward.
Leadership: Building Resilience
In this episode, Jemma and Andy are joined again by Liz Whitfield, Managing Director of Growth Plans, to discuss how building organisational resilience starts at a leadership level, and the traits great leaders have.
Leadership: In Crisis
In this episode, Liz Whitfield, Managing Director of Growth Plans, joins Jemma and Andy to discuss the role of leadership and how it can support businesses in a crisis.
The Mini Budget
Andy and Jemma are joined by Neil Tonks, to discuss the new Mini Budget announced on Friday 23 September and the impact this will have on businesses going forward.
The Future of Payroll
Jemma and Andy are joined by Camilla King to talk all about the future of payroll, National Payroll Week and how businesses can empower their employees with more detailed insights through real time features.
In this episode, Jemma and Andy are joined by Emily Glover, our Head of Talent and Resourcing.
They discuss The Great Resignation, talent shortages and the recruitment challenges faced in a post-pandemic world.
In this new episode, Jemma and Andy are joined by Alex and Alice from our graduate scheme. They talk all things sustainability, and how the world of work is focusing more on ESG as younger generations enter the workforce.
Festival of Work Special
In this episode, Andy and Jemma talk about the CIPD Festival of Work.