The HR Room Podcast

Insight HR’s latest podcast series, helping you create the HR systems and workplace culture that’s right for your business

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Episode 36 – The business case for HR technology

On episode 36 of the HR Room podcast, we discuss technology, analytics and skills that help HR teams stand out from the rest, with Simon Haines, CEO of Simply Get Results.

Join Mary Cullen, Eoin Lyons and Simon Haines in this practical conversation, and make sure to download the “Winning Skills Advantage” report featured in the podcast!

This is part of our Back In Business series, where we discuss the key topics and challenges organisations are facing in the new world of work. 

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Episode 35 – Leading through uncertainty

On episode 35 of the HR Room Podcast, we have a hugely insightful discussion with Dave Kirwan (Managing Director at Bord Gais Energy), about the challenges, learnings and opportunities faced during the Covid-19 pandemic. Join Mary Cullen, Eoin Lyons, and Dave Kirwan in this fantastic conversation. 

This is part of our Back In Business series, where we discuss the key topics and challenges organisations are facing in the new world of work. 

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Episode 34 – The Future Of Work

On episode 34 of the HR Room Podcast, we discuss the future of work, and what it means for HR teams and organisations everywhere. Join Mary Cullen, Niall Eyre and Eoin Lyons as they discuss this timely topic.

This is part of our Back In Business series, where we discuss the key topics and challenges organisations are facing in the new world of work. 

The Great Resignation

Episode 33 – The Great Resignation

On episode 33 of the HR Room Podcast, we discuss the movement in the jobs market, what some of the biggest companies in the world are doing with remote working, and the challenges for HR teams in this time of change. Join Mary Cullen, Liam Barton and Eoin Lyons as they discuss this timely topic.

This is part of our Back In Business series, where we discuss the key topics and challenges organisations are facing in the new world of work. 

How to address a failing HR initiative

Episode 32 – How to address a failing HR initiative (Part of the How to do HR series)

On episode 32 of the HR Room Podcast, we discuss how to address a failing HR initiative, and the importance of communication, support, strategy and trust in the rollout of any HR initiative. Join Mary Cullen, Liam Barton and Sarah Maher as they discuss this HR challenge. 

This is part two in our two-part series on HR initiatives. If you missed it, check out part one below!

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Episode 31 – How to prevent your HR initiative from failing (Part of the How to do HR series)

On episode 31 of the HR Room Podcast, we discuss HR initiatives, and the role of leadership, communication, change management and much more in the effective implementation of a project.  Join Mary Cullen, Liam Barton and Sarah Maher as they discuss this HR challenge. 

This is part one in our two-part series on HR initiatives. Stay tuned for part two next week!

Episode 30 – How to address a toxic workplace culture (Part of the How to do HR series)

On episode 30 of the HR Room Podcast, we discuss how to address a toxic workplace culture and the role of HR, business leaders and employees in developing a healthy workplace culture . Join Mary Cullen, Olivia Ormonde and Sarah Maher as they discuss this ever-relevant topic. 

This is part two in our two-part series on toxic workplace cultures. If you missed it, check out part one below!

Episode 29 – How to PREVENT a Toxic Workplace Culture (Part of the How to do HR series)

On episode 29 of the HR Room Podcast, we discuss how to identify a toxic workplace culture and how HR can help to prevent one from forming. Join Mary Cullen, Olivia Ormonde and Sarah Maher as they discuss this ever-relevant topic. 

This is part one in our two-part series on toxic workplace cultures. Be sure to join us next week to learn how to address such a culture should one exist in your business.

Episode 28 – How to ADDRESS Poor Performance (Part of the How to do HR series)

Episode 28 of the HR Room Podcast is the second episode in our two-part series on poor performance in the workplace. In this episode, Mary Cullen and Laura Barry discuss how HR can help to address issues arising from poor performance, efficiently and effectively.    

In next week’s episode, Mary Cullen and Olivia Ormonde will be analysing how HR can put in place steps to help prevent a toxic workplace culture forming. Don’t miss it! 

Episode 27 – How to PREVENT Poor Performance (Part of the How to do HR series)

Episode 27 of the HR Room Podcast falls under the ‘How to do HR’ banner, and is the first in our two-part series on poor performance. In this episode, Mary Cullen and Laura Barry discuss how HR can help to prevent against poor performance having a negative impact on the workplace.   

Be sure to tune in to next week’s episode, in which we will be discussing how to actually address poor performance. 

Episode 26 – How to ADDRESS a Claim of Unfair Dismissal (Part of the How to do HR series)

Episode 26 of the HR Room Podcast falls under the ‘How to do HR’ banner, and is the second in our two-part series on unfair dismissals. In this episode, Mary Cullen and Liam Barton discuss the steps HR should take when it comes to addressing a claim of unfair dismissal.

If you haven’t caught the first episode in this two-part series, be sure to do so now as it contains top tips for helping to prevent a claim of unfair dismissal. 

Episode 25 – How to PREVENT a Claim of Unfair Dismissal (Part of the How to do HR series)

Episode 25 of the HR Room Podcast falls under the ‘How to do HR’ banner, and is the first in our two-part series on unfair dismissals. In this episode, Mary Cullen and Liam Barton discuss how HR can put in place steps to safeguard against a claim of unfair dismissal.  Catch the episode right now on your favourite player or here on our site!  

Be sure to tune in to next week’s episode, during which we will be discussing how to actually address a claim of unfair dismissal. You don’t want to miss it.

Episode 24 – Workplace Taboos: The Menopause Maze with Nicola Wolfe of the Menopause Maze programme

On Episode 24 of the HR Room podcast, we’re going to be dissecting an area that in 2021 still feels like a taboo subject – the matter of menopause in the workplace. We are joined by Nicola Wolfe, co-founder of Wolfeimprove, an Irish Company that specialises in individual and organisational development and improvement. Nicola is a Certified Mental Health & Wellbeing Practitioner, and last year founded The Menopause Maze Programme, designed to offer support and coaching to women as they navigate this complex time in their lives.

Huge thanks to Nicola for sharing her knowledge with us! 

Episode 23 – How to ADDRESS a Claim of Workplace Discrimination (Part of the How to do HR series)

Episode 23 of the HR Room podcast falls under the ‘How to do HR’ banner and is the second in our two-part series on workplace discrimination. Join Mary Cullen and Liam Barton as they discuss the steps HR should take to address discrimination in the workplace.

Not caught the first one yet? Be sure to check it out below first!

Episode 22 – How to PREVENT Discrimination in the Workplace (Part of the How to do HR series)

Episode 22 of the HR Room podcast falls under the ‘How to do HR’ banner and is the first in our two-part series on workplace discrimination.

Join Mary Cullen, Liam Barton and Sarah Maher as they discuss the nine grounds by which it is illegal to discriminate against someone in the workplace and what steps HR can take to help prevent this from happening.

Episode 21 – Remote Working & Virtual Leadership with Dr Ryne Sherman, Chief Science Officer at Hogan Assessments

Remote working looks set to be here to stay, in some way, shape or form. But what exactly does this mean for leadership and management teams? On Episode 21 of the HR Room Podcast, we’re going to be discussing this area in further detail with Dr Ryne Sherman, Chief Science Officer of Hogan Assessment Systems, where Ryne works with top organizations to select the best business leaders and CEOs by leveraging personality data. 

Joining Ryne are HR Room regulars, Mary Cullen and Sarah Maher.

Episode 20 – Improving Diversity and Inclusion with Vessy Tasheva

On episode 20 of the HR Room Podcast, we’re discussing diversity and inclusion with Vessy Tasheva, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant and Author of How Diversity and Inclusion Leaders can Drive Measurable Results. Vessy was named by Hive Learning as one of 2019’s most influential D&I Leaders globally and as one of the UK’s most influential D&I leaders in 2020. 

Huge thanks to Vessy for sharing her knowledge with us!

Episode 19 – The Ugly Side of HR

On episode 19 of the HR Room Podcast, we are joined by Anne O’Connell, Principal at AOC Solicitors, as we discuss some of the common dangers and pitfalls HR professionals need to be aware of.

With over twenty years of experience working as a solicitor, today Anne specialises in advising both private and public sector companies on employment law issues that are or may become contentious. Thanks for joining us, Anne!

Episode 18 – How to ADDRESS Stress Overload in the Workplace (Part of the How to do HR series)

On episode 18 of the HR Room Podcast, we’re we’re looking at ways you can tackle stress overload in the workplace. This is the second part in our two part series on workplace stress. Access part one (Episode 17 – How to PREVENT Stress Overload in the Workplace) below.

Join Mary Cullen, Laura Barry and Sarah Maher as they discuss this timely topic.

Episode 17 – How to PREVENT stress overload in the workplace 

On episode 17 of the HR Room Podcast, we’re looking at the steps HR can take when it comes to preventing stress overload in the workplace. Join Mary Cullen, Laura Barry and Sarah Maher as they analyse the different types of workplace stress that exist, how to recognise the signs and their top tips for helping to prevent it. 

This is part one of the series How to do HR – Stress Overload in the Workplace.

Episode 16 – Training Managers and Leaders in 2021 with Robert Dunne of Staff Wellbeing Solutions

In episode 16 of the HR Room Podcast, we caught up with Robert Dunne of Staff Wellbeing Solutions to discuss what makes an effective leader in 2021. 

Robert Dunne is an accredited psychotherapist with the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP). Robert runs a private therapy practice and has over 25 years’ experience in people and programme management. 

Episode 15 – How to PREVENT bullying in the workplace

On episode 15 of the HR Room Podcast, we’re looking at the steps HR can take to help bully-proof the organisation. This is part one of the series How to do HR – Bullying in the Workplace. Access part two below. 

This episode of the HR Room Podcast is brought to you by Mary Cullen, Liam Barton and Sarah Maher.

Episode 14 – How to ADDRESS bullying in the workplace

On episode 14 of the HR Room Podcast, we’re looking at the role of HR when it comes to addressing bullying in the workplace. This is part two of the series How To Do HR – Bullying in the Workplace. Be sure to check out part one (listed above as episode 15) first!

This episode of the HR Room is brought to you by Mary Cullen, Liam Barton and Sarah Maher. 

 

Episode 13 – Imposter Syndrome and the Role of HR with Aoife O’Brien CEO of Happier at Work

On episode 13 of the HR Room Podcast, we’re looking at Imposter Syndrome and the role of HR with Aoife O’Brien, CEO of Happier at Work. Find out about the 5 different types of imposter syndrome – and a simple ABC trick for dealing with it when it crops up.

Huge thanks to Aoife O’Brien, Founder and CEO of Happier at Work, for sharing her knowledge with us!

Episode 12 – Firing your mother (or another family member)

Working with family can be fun and rewarding, but what happens when a disciplinary issue arises?

Unfortunately this is something that many family-run businesses may have to face at some point.

Join Mary Cullen, Liam Barton and Sarah Maher as they unpack those awkward discussions in our latest podcast.

Episode 11 – Safeguarding Frontline Workers with Tony Duffin of the Ana Liffey Drug Project

Episode 11 unpacks a subject which we think is extremely important. Thanks to Tony Duffin, CEO of the Ana Liffey Drug Project, for joining us to discuss the timely topic of how the pandemic has been affecting frontline workers and what employers need to do to support them.

 

Episode 10 – How to choose the right outsourced HR provider

This is an area that many businesses struggle with, and as there are a lot of HR providers out there, it can sometimes feel a little overwhelming. Choosing the right partner for your business can help you free up your in-house resources, remove the burden of HR administration and help to improve the strategic focus of your HR Department.  Join Mary Cullen, Liam Barton and host Sarah Maher, as they discuss exactly what you should be looking for in a HR partner.

Episode 9 – Improving employee engagement with James Brogan of PepTalk

What exactly does employee engagement mean in 2021? Who is responsible for it in an organisation? These are just some of the conversation points from today’s episode of the HR Room Podcast. 

Huge thanks to our special guest, James Brogan, for joining Mary Cullen and Sarah Maher to discuss this interesting topic.

Episode 8 – Implementing a redundancy process

Implementing a redundancy process can be a complete minefield for employers and HR. Who to select, how to do it, who needs to be notified – these are just some of the questions we’ll be answering on this episode. 

Join Mary Cullen, Liam Barton, and host Sarah Maher as they disucss this important topic.

Episode 7 – Employee Wellness in 2021 With Rachael O’Shea, Head of Employee Experience At The Taxback Group

Pre-pandemic, some of the most well-known health and wellbeing strategies were those that put the focus on surface benefits such as beer taps and ping pong tables in the office. But what really matters to employees and to organisations?

Huge thanks to Rachael O’Shea for joining our episode and bringing that famous Rachael energy with her!

Episode 6 – Running a remote workplace investigation

Running any kind of workplace investigation can be frought with difficulties, let alone running one solely online. However, it is possible, and we’ve been doing it for clients all over Ireland throughout the pandemic. 

Join Mary Cullen, Liam Barton and Sarah Maher as they consider some of the do’s and don’t’s of running a remote investigation.

Episode 5 – Think twice before withdrawing a job offer

On today’s episode of the HR Room Podcast, we’ll be sharing some cautionary advice for when it comes to the recruitment process, and more specifically the final stages. 

Join Mary Cullen, Liam Barton and Sarah Maher as they share why you should always think twice before withdrawing a job offer. 

Episode 4 – The real cost of workplace stress

Nowadays, stress is widely recognised as a part of everyday life for the majority of us. Whether this is due to the increase in external stressors or the fact that we talk a little more openly about stress these days, the fact remains the same – workplace stress is commonplace. But what exactly is stress? And how does it occur in the workplace?

Join Mary Cullen, Liam Barton and Sarah Maher as they discuss the real cost of workplace stress.

Episode 3 – What if my employee refuses to come back to the workplace

As Irish businesses prepare to reopen after a long lockdown that seemed to be endless, there are certain employees who might not feel comfortable going back to work. What can you do about this – and what should you do?

Join Mary Cullen, Liam Barton and Sarah Maher as they discuss this timely topic.

Episode 2 – The danger in managing out an under-performing employee

This episode looks at the tricky subject of managing out an under-performing employee and what employers and HR need to be aware of. 

Join Mary Cullen, Liam Barton and Sarah Maher as they dissect this topic. 

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