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Honest HR is the podcast for HR professionals, people managers and team leads intent on elevating how they improve and grow their companies. Co-hosts Amber Clayton, Wendy Fong and Monique Akanbi for bring you honest, forward thinking conversations and relatable stories from the workplace that challenge the way it’s always been done, because after all, you have to push back to move forward. Honest HR is a podcast from SHRM, and by listening, you’re helping create better workplaces and a better world. This podcast is approved to provide SHRM-CP/SCP recertification PDCs. Details are included during qualifying episodes.

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Honest HR is the podcast for HR professionals, people managers and team leads intent on elevating how they improve and grow their companies. Co-hosts Amber Clayton, Wendy Fong and Monique Akanbi for bring you honest, forward thinking conversations and relatable stories from the workplace that challenge the way it’s always been done, because after all, you have to push back to move forward. Honest HR is a podcast from SHRM, and by listening, you’re helping create better workplaces and a better world. This podcast is approved to provide SHRM-CP/SCP recertification PDCs. Details are included during qualifying episodes.

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English


Episodes
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Discussing Politics at Work and the Importance of Civility

7/11/2024
In the midst of an election year, political tensions are running high everywhere, and the workplace is no exception. Employees are likewise coming to work with their political views top of mind, which they don’t always share or express with civility and respect. In this episode of Honest HR, host Amber Clayton is joined by SHRM Chief of Staff, Emily M. Dickens, and SHRM Senior Researcher Derrick Scheetz for a discussion of SHRM’s latest research on the topic of workplace civility as it pertains to political conversations at work, SHRM’s initiative to start 1 million civil conversations, and steps organizations can take to cultivate more civil workplaces. Episode transcript This episode is sponsored by Fidelity Workplace. Earn 1.00 SHRM PDC for listening; details provided in episode. Rate and review Honest HR on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Duration:00:54:10

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Rose Ann Garza on Practical Strategies for Talent Acquisition and Retention

6/20/2024
If your organization is open for business, acquiring and retaining talent is a perpetual concern, and the benefits, resources and experiences available to your employees all play a part determining whether they stay or go. In this episode of Honest HR, host Amber Clayton speaks with Rose Ann Garza, CHRO of Texas restaurant chain Kerbey Lane, about the practical approaches the restaurant group utilizes to attract and retain its employees. Also, hear from Kerri Nelson, SHRM Director of Mission Research, on SHRM’s 2024 Talent Trends research for data-driven insights in the world of recruiting and talent acquisition. This episode is sponsored by Fidelity Workplace. Earn 0.75 SHRM PDC by listening to this podcast; details provided in-episode. Rate and review Honest HR on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Duration:00:47:46

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Icky, Sticky and Gross (Work) Things

6/6/2024
Body odor. Bad breath. Toenail clippings. While these examples are all part of being human, they sometimes find their way into the world of work, and bringing with them uncomfortable, disruptive scenarios that encroach on the workplace as a professional environment. While there are no laws or regulations for addressing these kinds of issues, in this episode of Honest HR, host Amber Clayton is joined by SHRM HR Knowledge Advisors Elissa Jessup and Jim Emanuel to provide practical advice for HR professionals and people managers on handling these “icky, sticky and gross” matters with empathy, respect, and effective communication. Episode transcript Earn 0.75 SHRM PDC by listening to this podcast; details provided in-episode. Rate and review Honest HR on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Duration:00:49:29

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Lessons from Ted Lasso on Creating Positive Workplace Cultures with Jeff Harry

5/23/2024
If you haven’t already heard, Ted Lasso star Jason Sudeikis is joining the Main Stage at SHRM’s Annual Conference and Expo in Chicago, June 23rd through 26th. In anticipation of the event, motivational speaker and Ted Lasso super fan Jeff Harry joins host Monique Akanbi for a discussion of the show and accompanying takeaways for creating positive workplace cultures on topics including leadership style, relationship building, and psychological safety at work. Register for SHRM24 today. Episode transcript Rate and review Honest HR on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Duration:00:28:39

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Employee Mental Health and Workplace Accommodations

5/8/2024
Employee mental health is a subject that has been top of mind since the pandemic, but both employers and employees frequently have questions about how to best accommodate mental health conditions in the workplace. In this episode of Honest HR, host Amber Clayton is joined by Melanie Whetzel, principal consultant with the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), to provide answers to some of the most frequent questions from employees and employers about mental health accommodations and effectively supporting employees’ mental health needs; also, hear from SHRM senior researcher Daroon Jalil about SHRM's latest findings on mental health in the workplace. Earn 1.00 SHRM PDC by listening to this podcast; details provided in-episode. Episode transcript Rate and review Honest HR on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Duration:00:57:18

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Nicole Armstrong on Creating Empathy-Centric Workplaces

4/18/2024
Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings, perspectives, or experiences of another person, and for workplace leaders, empathy is a communication skill that helps transform debates into conversations premised on understanding of shared experiences. In this episode of Honest HR, host Monique Akanbi is joined by workplace consultant and Ellequate founder/CEO Nicole Armstrong to discuss topics including the relationship between empathy and vulnerability, leveraging empathy to create safe spaces to communicate at work, and how to lead with empathy while also instilling accountability among employees. Episode transcript Earn 0.75 SHRM PDC by listening to this podcast; details provided in-episode. Rate and review Honest HR on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. This episode is sponsored by Workleap.

Duration:00:39:58

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The Imperative of Addressing Workplace Incivility with Sejal Thakkar

3/18/2024
Civility is a cornerstone of workplace culture that allows people and businesses to thrive by fostering respect and empathy among everyone. However, according to SHRM research, U.S. workers report that incivility is increasingly prevalent in their workplaces. In this episode of Honest HR, host Wendy Fong speaks with TrainXtra Chief Civility Officer Sejal Thakkar about her framework for helping organizations make workplace civility happen, the elements of effective civility trainings, and the business imperative for creating civil workplaces. Episode transcript Visit SHRM's Civility Hub to learn more about how you can foster respectful dialogue and SHRM’s 1M Civil Conversations initiative. #civilityatwork Earn 0.75 SHRM PDC by listening to this podcast; details provided in-episode. Rate and review Honest HR on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Duration:00:47:18

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How AI Will Transform HR’s Work with Jim Link

2/28/2024
AI represents the next wave of technological advancement for society, and is expected to transform how work gets done across every industry. In this episode of Honest HR, SHRM CHRO Jim Link, SHRM-SCP, joins host Monique Akanbi to discuss everything HR professionals and business leaders should know about AI and integrating it into their organizations. Earn 0.75 SHRM PDC for listening to this podcast; all details provided in-episode. Episode transcript Rate and review Honest HR on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Duration:00:46:05

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What the Research Says About Workplace Romance with Casey Sword

2/14/2024
Workplace romance: It’s complicated. But it happens, and employers need to know how to deal with it. In this episode of Honest HR, host Amber Clayton is joined by SHRM researcher Casey Sword to present the findings from her work on SHRM’s latest research in the area of workplace romance, share real stories related to romance in the workplace, and discuss how HR professionals should handle them. Earn 1 SHRM PDC for listening to this podcast; all details provided in-episode. Episode transcript

Duration:01:04:02

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Dr. Milton J. Perkins on the Power of HR People Analytics

1/26/2024
We live in the age of data, and everything important to an organization’s people management function gets measured. In this episode of Honest HR, host Wendy Fong speaks with Dr. Milton J. Perkins, Senior Vice President at ActOne Government Solutions, about the transformative potential of people analytics, their role in helping HR professionals create workplaces where employees genuinely want to be, and steps for leveraging them at your organization. Earn 1.00 SHRM PDC for listening; details on claiming your credit are provided in-episode. Episode transcript

Duration:01:03:36

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A Look Back at 2023 and Look Ahead to 2024

1/11/2024
In this episode of Honest HR, hosts Amber Clayton, Wendy Fong and Monique Akanbi come together to look back on the biggest HR and workplace trends of 2023, and look ahead with their expectations for 2024. Earn 0.5 SHRM PDC for listening; details on claiming your credit are provided in-episode. Episode transcript

Duration:00:38:43

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Stories About Bad Bosses | Part 2 (of 2)

12/28/2023
In this episode of Honest HR, host Amber Clayton and SHRM Knowledge Center Advisors Robyn Hopper and Rue Dooley continue with Part 2 of their two-part mini-series of listener-submitted stories of bad bosses, give more advice on handling problematic people managers, and close out the session with a set of redeeming stories of outstanding bosses who were there for their employees in amazing ways. Earn 1.25 SHRM PDCs for listening to both parts of this two (2) part mini-series on Stories About Bad Bosses; details on claiming your credit are provided in-episode. Episode transcript

Duration:00:39:14

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Stories About Bad Bosses | Part 1 (of 2)

12/14/2023
If you’ve ever had a bad boss, not only did they make work miserable, but also probably gave you a good story to tell later on. In this episode of Honest HR, host Amber Clayton is joined by SHRM Knowledge Center Advisors Robyn Hopper and Rue Dooley to read listener-submitted stories of bad bosses, identify their problematic behaviors, and give advice on solving for them in your workplace. Earn 1.25 SHRM PDCs for listening to both parts of this two (2) part mini-series on Stories About Bad Bosses; stay tuned for Part 2, which will contain info on claiming your credit. Rate and review Honest HR on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Episode transcript

Duration:00:46:40

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Marijuana in the Workplace: What’s HR to Do?

10/27/2023
As both laws and attitudes toward marijuana continue to change, the question for employers is likewise, “Then how does my organization’s HR and approaches to people management need to change?”. In this episode of Honest HR, host Amber Clayton is joined by Holland & Knight attorneys Dana Feinstein and Travis Nelson, who provide insights and guidance for employers navigating the complex issues surrounding marijuana in the workplace, with a focus on legal compliance, accommodation, and policy development. Earn 1.00 SHRM PDC for listening to this podcast; all info provided in-episode. Episode transcript

Duration:00:54:15

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Karl Ahlrichs on HR's Using AI Ethically and Responsibly

10/12/2023
Generative AI programs (like ChatGPT) have tremendous potential to deliver new efficiencies and capabilities to the workplace, but what do these new tools mean for HR, both in using them, and the myriad of concerns they raise? In this episode of Honest HR, host Wendy Fong speaks with Karl Ahlrichs, Senior Consultant at Gregory & Appel, on how HR professionals can use AI ethically and responsibly, and develop the critical thinking skills necessary to do so. Earn 0.75 SHRM PDC for listening to this podcast; all details provided in-episode. Episode transcript

Duration:00:49:36

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Kelly Hermann on Creating Accessible, Inclusive Workplaces for Employees with Disabilities

7/27/2023
Known for their focus on providing quality educational experiences to adult learners, the University of Phoenix wanted to learn more and provide resources to another core group of enrolled students: Individuals with disabilities. In this episode of Honest HR, host Wendy Fong speaks with Kelly Hermann, Vice President of Accessibility, Equity & Inclusion at the University of Phoenix, to discuss: Workplace Accessibility - HR Professionals Accommodations for Employees’ Disability’s Research Report (2023)Complete the SHRM Employing Abilities At Work Certificate Earn 0.5 SHRM PDC for listening to this podcast; all details provided in-episode. Episode transcript

Duration:00:36:57

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Rich Safeer on Employee Mental Health and Wellness as a Team Sport

5/31/2023
Previously brought to the spotlight by the pandemic, organizations’ prioritizing employee mental health and wellness reflects its ongoing importance to employers and employees alike. But what does the work of creating workplace cultures of mental health and wellness actually entail? In this episode of Honest HR, host Amber Clayton speaks with Rich Safeer, M.D., Chief Medical Director of Employee Health and Wellbeing for Johns Hopkins Medicine and author of A Cure for the Common Company: A Wellbeing Prescription for a Happier, Healthier, and More Resilient Organization about: Earn 0.5 SHRM PDC for listening to this episode; all details in episode. This episode of Honest HR is sponsored Calm Business. Episode transcript

Duration:00:36:50

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A Candid Glimpse Into HR Mentorship

4/26/2023
A good mentor/mentee relationship creates a safe, nonjudgmental space to provide guidance and advice, and that’s just as true for mentorships dedicated to the HR profession. In this episode of Honest HR, host Monique Akanbi is joined by Sheila Thomas and Firdosh Bhathena, a real-life HR mentor/mentee pair, to share their HR mentorship story, discuss why mentorship is important in an HR career, and shatter the popular myths of mentorship. This episode of Honest HR is sponsored by ADP. Episode transcript

Duration:00:36:53

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Jim Link on Achieving Pay Equity at Your Organization

4/6/2023
Occurrences of unequal pay between employees with the same qualifications, experience and job responsibilities continue to have a problematic presence in the workplace, and likewise reflect longstanding wage gaps between men, women and people of color. In this episode of Honest HR, host Amber Clayton speaks with SHRM CHRO Jim Link about the importance of pay equity and ensuring fair and equal pay practices for all employees regardless of gender, race, age, or other protected characteristics, but also the business case on why pay equity is in an organization’s best interest, and above all, the steps you can take toward achieving pay equity at your organization. SHRM's Managing Pay Equity Toolkit This episode of Honest HR is sponsored by UKG. Episode transcript

Duration:00:45:39

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Jim Link on Achieving Pay Equity at Your Organization

4/6/2023
Occurrences of unequal pay between employees with the same qualifications, experience and job responsibilities continue to have a problematic presence in the workplace, and likewise reflect longstanding wage gaps between men, women and people of color. In this episode of Honest HR, host Amber Clayton speaks with SHRM CHRO Jim Link about the importance of pay equity and ensuring fair and equal pay practices for all employees regardless of gender, race, age, or other protected characteristics,...

Duration:00:45:47