Ep 210: The Case For Flexible Working

Ep 210: The Case For Flexible Working

Flexible working is a hot topic at the moment. Despite all of the recent publicity around companies moving to four day weeks and other flexible initiatives, the reality is that flexibility is nowhere near the norm in working life. I feel very strongly that there needs to be a fundamental change in the way we think about work.

Flexible working is a hot topic at the moment. Despite all of the recent publicity around companies moving to four day weeks and other flexible initiatives, the reality is that flexibility is nowhere near the norm in working life.

I  feel very strongly that there needs to be a fundamental change in the way we think about work. Too often, mental health and productivity are impacted by ways of working that are no longer relevant to the world in which we now live.

My guest this week is someone who feels the same way. Anna Whitehouse is the founder of Mother Pukka, a digital community for people who happen to be parents. Anna is also the driving force behind Flex Appeal, a campaign which is lobbying both government and employers to drive a shift in thinking about flexible working.

In the interview, we discuss:

  • What is Flex Appeal?
  • The huge benefits to employers of embracing flexible working
  • The need from a fundamental shift in the way we think about work
  • Evidencing increased productivity
  • Agile Working and Job Pairing
  • Leaving loudly
  • Why recruiting and HR should embrace transparency to promote flexible working

Anna also talks about the future of Flex Appeal and shares her advice to individuals on the best way to persuade employers to let them work flexibly.

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Ep 209: Matthew Syed, Rebel Ideas

Ep 209: Matthew Syed, Rebel Ideas

My guest this week is Matthew Syed. Matthew was formerly the British table tennis number one and is now a journalist the best selling author of books such as “Bounce” and “Black Box Thinking”. Matthew’s new book, “Rebel Ideas” has just been published.

My guest this week is Matthew Syed. Matthew was formerly the British table tennis number one and is now a journalist the best selling author of books such as “Bounce” and “Black Box Thinking”.

Matthew’s new book, “Rebel Ideas” has just been published. In the book, he explores a topic that we’ve looked at a few times on the show, the importance of diverse thinking in teams and organizations.

In the interview, we discuss:

  • When and why diversity matters and how it contributes to success
  • Diversity of background, perspective, and thinking
  • Rebel ideas that challenge, cross pollenate, diverge and augment.
  • An example of the CIA being individually perceptive but collectively blind
  • The danger of assimilation to the dominant assumptions of a business.

Matthew also shares his advice for recruiters and suggest ways we can all have more rebel ideas

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Ep 208: Explaining AI In Recruiting (Part 2)

Ep 208: Explaining AI In Recruiting (Part 2)

Following on from my conversation with Megan Butler about the state of the market for AI in recruitment, for the second part of this mini-series explaining AI and Machine learning, we are taking a deep dive into the technology and terminology itself. My guest is Jon Krohn, Chief Data Scientist at recruiting technology company Untapt.

Following on from my conversation with Megan Butler about the state of the market for AI in recruitment, for the second part of this mini-series explaining AI and Machine learning, we are taking a deep dive into the technology and terminology itself.

My guest is Jon Krohn, Chief Data Scientist at recruiting technology company Untapt. Jon is also a lecturer, researcher and author in the field of machine learning, deep learning and natural language processing. This interview goes into a huge amount of detail into the definitions and mechanics of AI (in an understandable way!) as well as exploring current and future applications for recruiting.

In the interview, we discuss:

  • The role of a data scientist
  • AI and sorting the mail
  • Building predictive data models
  • Machine learning versus deep learning and why Siri got clever
  • Data engineering
  • Adoption and bias
  • Current and future applications of AI in recruiting

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Ep 207: Explaining AI In Recruiting (Part 1)

Ep 207: Explaining AI In Recruiting (Part 1)

The role of AI and machine learning in recruiting technology continues to provoke both debate and confusion. What benefits do these technologies current bring and how much of the current narrative is just marketing spin? What will they make possible in the future, and what are the risks and dangers we need to be aware of right now?

The role of AI and machine learning in recruiting technology continues to provoke both debate and confusion. What benefits do these technologies current bring and how much of the current narrative is just marketing spin? What will they make possible in the future, and what are the risks and dangers we need to be aware of right now?

To help answer these questions, in the next two episodes of the show I’ll be asking two genuine experts in AI for recruiting to share their knowledge.

First up is Megan Butler, a research analyst in AI for HR. Megan was part of my live panel back in episode 200, so it is brilliant to have the chance to talk to her in more depth.

  • In the interview, we discuss:
  • Is AI in recruiting what it is hyped up to be?
  • How to get the benefits and mitigate the risks
  • The fine line between analytics and machine learning
  • Matching and assessment
  • The importance of process
  • Bias

Megan also shares her thoughts on the future of AI in recruiting and the importance of taking controlled risks.

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Ep 206: EVP, Inclusion & Talent Experience

Ep 206: EVP, Inclusion & Talent Experience

One thing that I’ve noticed recently is the increasing traction behind the concept of talent experience. The reality is that employer brand, candidate experience and employee experience don’t exist in silos when you are the employee experiencing them.

One thing that I’ve noticed recently is the increasing traction behind the concept of talent experience. The reality is that employer brand, candidate experience, and employee experience don’t exist in silos when you are the employee experiencing them.

So what can employers do to ensure the kind of joined-up thinking that creates a seamless talent experience and, at the same time, develops workplaces that prioritise belonging and inclusion?

My guest this week is Charu Malhotra, a highly experienced global employer branding leader.

In the interview, we discuss:

  • How employer branding is changing
  • Why EVPs tend to get overshadowed by other employer branding outputs
  • Joining up candidate experience, employee experience, employer brand, and EVP
  • Moving culture and values from talk into action
  • Inclusion, belonging and psychological safety.
  • The importance of listening and two-way communication
  • The role of technology

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