HR Voices Podcast

Welcome to the HR Voices Podcast, a podcast designed to bring the UK HR community and businesses together. The podcast will be informative, with lots of helpful tips and ideas to help you run your business. Being an HR Independent Consultant can be quite lonely. This is why HR Independents (HRi), the UK body for Independent HR and People professionals has created a home and community for HR Indies. The HR Voices podcast will be discussing hot topics relating to HR and business. This will support HR Independent and People Professionals and the businesses they support. We will be bringing you practical tips, expert views and your views. Join Mary Asante, the Chief Executive of HRi and Charlotte Allfrey, Operations Director of HRi and their expert guests for engaging discussions. We would love to hear from you and for you to get more involved. If you have topics you would like us to discuss, contact us via hrvoices@hrindependents.co.uk Learn more about HR Independents – HRi at: https://hrindependents.co.uk/about-us/ or connect with us on LinkedIn: hr independents linkedin page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/hr-independents/ Hosts: www.linkedin.com/in/maryasante and https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlotte-allfrey Success Together.

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Episodes

6 days ago

HR Voices
A podcast for independent HR and people, professionals, and the businesses they support.
Hosted by Mary Asante of HR Independents Ltd.
DATE: 8th July 2024
Episode 27: Personal and Professional Growth
Guest: Paula Melbourne
In this episode of HR Voices, we discuss the importance of personal and professional growth and the benefits of aligning your personal and professional growth. 
In this episode, we cover:
Personal Growth - identifying personal goals and values, and becoming self-aware. 
Professional Growth - the 70-20-10 learning approach which encourages individuals to take ownership of their development. 
Practical Steps for Growth which include self-assessment and seeking feedback, and taking ownership of your growth journey. 
The need to embrace opportunities for learning and development
Thanks for listening to HR Voices! 
If you enjoyed this episode, we'd love it if you could leave us a review. 
www.hrindependents.co.uk

Monday Jun 24, 2024

HR Voices
A podcast for independent HR and people, professionals, and the businesses they support.
Hosted by Mary Asante and Charlotte Allfrey of HR Independents Ltd.
DATE: 24th June 2024
Episode 26: HR Meets Creativity: Bridging Innovation with People Solutions
Guest: Elma O’Reilly of Parallel London 
In this episode of HR Voices, we discuss how effectively integrating HR practices into creative environments can be an enabler for innovation and business success. We discuss practical ways to bridge the gap between creativity and people solutions.
In this episode, we cover:
Understanding creative drivers and how HR and people professionals can tap into them to create effective people solutions. 
Misconceptions about HR being policy-driven and slowing creatives down, and discussed how HR taking a solution oriented approach can add value to creative businesses. 
The importance of building trusting relationships with creative leaders. 
The benefits of HR professionals understanding the businesses they support. This is fundamental to aligning HR strategies with business strategies and a key driver of success.  
Thanks for listening to HR Voices! 
If you enjoyed this episode, we'd love it if you could leave us a review. 
www.hrindependents.co.uk
 
https://www.tiktok.com/@parallellondon?_t=8lT1jL8h1O5&_r=1
https://www.instagram.com/parallelldn/
 
www.parallel-london.co.uk 

Monday Jun 10, 2024

HR Voices
A podcast for independent HR and people, professionals, and the businesses they support.
Hosted by Mary Asante and Charlotte Allfrey of HR Independents Ltd.
DATE: 10th June 2024
Episode 25: Creating supportive environments for pregnant women and maternity returners. 
Guest: Lisa Thompson of Mountain HR
In this episode of HR Voices, we delve into the challenges faced by pregnant employees and new parents and offer practical advice for creating an inclusive and supportive workplace environment.
In this episode, we cover:
Understanding the challenges that pregnancy and returning to work can bring. 
How HR Independents can help businesses support women at work
HR’s role in looking for unconscious bias and challenging it when it comes up
How to set maternity returners up for success
Thanks for listening to HR Voices! 
If you enjoyed this episode, we'd love it if you could leave us a review. 
www.hrindependents.co.uk
 
https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisamountainthompson/ 
www.mountainhr.co.uk  

Monday May 27, 2024

A podcast for independent HR and people, professionals, and the businesses they support.
 
Hosted by Mary Asante of HR Independents Ltd.
DATE: 27th May 2024
 
Episode 24: Demystifying Occupational Health Assessment
Guest: Magnus Kauders of Occupational Health Assessment
 
In this episode of HR Voices, we discuss how occupational health assessments can be useful tools to help HR consultants and employers to manage health challenges that employees may be facing.
We look at some of the common issues and problems that HR professionals and employers may face when you're working with occupational health.
We cover:
What is occupational health?
How occupational health can be used as a tool to support employees who may require reasonable adjustments under the Equality Act 2010.
Identify the appropriate time to ask for occupational health support
The five or six essential questions to ask an occupational health expert when seeking their support
How to interpret occupational health reports.
Thanks for listening to HR Voices! If you enjoyed this episode, we'd love it if you could leave us a review. www.hrindependents.co.uk
https://occupationalhealthassessment.com/
https://www.linkedin.com/company/occupational-health-assessment/
 

Monday May 13, 2024

HR Voices
A podcast for independent HR and people, professionals, and the businesses they support.
Hosted by Mary Asante and Charlotte Allfrey of HR Independents Ltd.
DATE: 13th May 2024
Episode 23: Employment Law Update
Guest: Claire Taylor-Evans, Employment Law Practitioner and Partner of Boyes Turner
In this episode of HR Voices, we discuss the recent changes in employment law that came into effect in between January and April 2024. We also look at future legislation due to come into effect later on in the year.  
In this episode, we cover:
The recent changes in employment law in the UK including:
Holiday reform and holiday pay calculations
Introduction of Carer’s Leave
Family friendly rights extend the entitlement to be offered suitable alternative roles to pregnant employees and those on maternity, adoption or shared parental leave in a redundancy situation.   
Paternity leave to be taken as two-non consecutive blocks of one week and at any point during the first year of the birth or the adoption of their child. 
Flexible working reforms including Day 1 rights and the right to make up two requests per year. 
Increases to statutory payments 
Increase in fine from £20,000 to £60,000 for employing illegal workers
We also cover the proposals to bring more legislation into effect later on in the year. These include:
Duty to prevent sexual harassment, which is expected to come into force in October 2024
Fire and rehire 
Predictable hours entitlement for workers on zero-hours contract and other atypical contracts
Employers are urged to update their policies and procedures, train their managers and to keep accurate records.
Thanks for listening to HR Voices! 
If you enjoyed this episode, we'd love it if you could leave us a review. 
www.hrindependents.co.uk
 
http://www.boyesturner.com 

Monday Apr 29, 2024

A podcast for independent HR and people professionals, and the businesses they support.
Hosted by Mary Asante and Charlotte Allfrey of HR Independents Ltd.
DATE: Monday 29th April 2024
Episode 22: Building Resilience into Your Business Recap & Thoughts
In this episode of HR Voices, Mary and Charlotte discuss the key takeaways from their chats with our guests on episodes 17 to 21 and offer their thoughts as experienced HR and People Consultants.
In this episode, we cover:
The blueprint for building resilience into your business for long-term success. 
The importance of personal resilience and looking after yourself as a business owner.
How building resilience into your business right from the onset ensures that your business is sustainable and scalable. 
The essence of value-based pricing and why it is vital to business resilience. 
The marketing matrix, choosing the right marketing strategy for you and your business. 
Niching and Specialising. 
Mindset - resilience through adapting an entrepreneur mindset to achieve success. 
Thanks for listening to HR Voices! 
If you enjoyed this episode, we'd love it if you could leave us a review. 
www.hrindependents.co.uk
 
https://www.linkedin.com/in/maryasante/ 
https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlotte-allfrey/
 

Monday Apr 15, 2024

A podcast for independent HR and people, professionals, and the businesses they support.
Hosted by Mary Asante and Charlotte Allfrey of HR Independents Ltd.
DATE: 15th April 2024
Episode 21: Developing Resilience in Leaders and Organisations
Guest: Ben Rendle
In this episode of HR Voices, we dive into how business owners and leaders can develop resilience. 
In this episode, we cover:
The benefit of competing on value.  You have to build the case for your value through your messaging all the way through your engagement with your clients. 
The importance of money mindset in running a successful business. 
The switch between an employee mindset to business ownership and entrepreneurial mindset. 
Different price options and a clear value pathway for pricing. 
Thanks for listening to HR Voices! 
If you enjoyed this episode, we'd love it if you could leave us a review. 
www.hrindependents.co.uk
 
https://inspireddevelopment.net/
 
https://www.facebook.com/inspireddevelopmentltd
https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-lynda-folan-a241061b/
A podcast for independent HR and people, professionals, and the businesses they support.
Hosted by Mary Asante and Charlotte Allfrey of HR Independents Ltd.
DATE: 15th April 2024
Episode 21: Developing Resilience in Leaders and Organisations
Guest: Ben Rendle
In this episode of HR Voices, we dive into how business owners and leaders can develop resilience. 
In this episode, we cover:
The benefit of competing on value.  You have to build the case for your value through your messaging all the way through your engagement with your clients. 
The importance of money mindset in running a successful business. 
The switch between an employee mindset to business ownership and entrepreneurial mindset. 
Different price options and a clear value pathway for pricing. 
Thanks for listening to HR Voices! 
If you enjoyed this episode, we'd love it if you could leave us a review. 
www.hrindependents.co.uk
 
https://inspireddevelopment.net/
 
https://www.facebook.com/inspireddevelopmentltd
https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-lynda-folan-a241061b/
 

Monday Apr 01, 2024

A podcast for independent HR and people, professionals, and the businesses they support.
Hosted by Mary Asante and Charlotte Allfrey of HR Independents Ltd.
DATE: 1st April 2024
Episode 20: 
Guest: Anneve Hutchison, co-founder of The Corporate Escape Club
In this episode of HR Voices, we explore how to build resilience into your business through marketing. 
In this episode, we cover:
The importance of developing a marketing plan that works for you and your business. Marketing is a matrix and every activity links together in order to build a thriving business long-term. To build resilience into your business, you’ll need to
Build a strong and robust pipeline
Network in the right rooms
Specialise or niche in your area of expertise
Be able to consult and advise on deeper issues. 
Thanks for listening to HR Voices! 
If you enjoyed this episode, we'd love it if you could leave us a review. 
www.hrindependents.co.uk
 
www.thecorporateescapeclub.co.uk 
 
www.linkedin.com/in/anneveh
www.linkedin.com/company/the-corporate-escape-club 

Monday Mar 18, 2024

A podcast for independent HR and people, professionals, and the businesses they support.
Hosted by Mary Asante and Charlotte Allfrey of HR Independents Ltd.
DATE: 18th March 2024
Episode 19: How to structure your business for resilience and efficiency
Guest: Mark Lumley, Freeths LLP.
In this episode of HR Voices, we discuss the importance of creating, protecting and increasing the value of your business by putting the right systems and processes in place. 
In this episode, we cover:
Copyrights and intellectual property
Risk management
Terms and conditions
Client engagement
Thanks for listening to HR Voices! 
If you enjoyed this episode, we'd love it if you could leave us a review. 
www.hrindependents.co.uk
 
https://www.freeths.co.uk/people/mark-lumley/ 
 
https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-lumley-98a2979/ 

Monday Mar 04, 2024

A podcast for independent HR and people, professionals, and the businesses they support.
Hosted by Mary Asante and Charlotte Allfrey of HR Independents Ltd.
DATE: 04/03/2024
Episode 18: Developing Resilience in Leaders and Organisations
Guest: Dr Lynda Folan, Inspired Development
In this episode of HR Voices, we dive into how business owners and leaders can develop resilience. 
In this episode, we cover:
Resilience as a prerequisite for effective leadership. Dwelling on Lynda’s research, we look at three key areas that you need to develop from a resilience perspective. 
locus of control
Self concept wellbeing (emotional intelligence)
Constructive thinking 
Lynda also shares three tips for building or increasing your resilience. 
Thanks for listening to HR Voices! 
If you enjoyed this episode, we'd love it if you could leave us a review. 
www.hrindependents.co.uk
 
https://inspireddevelopment.net/
 
https://www.facebook.com/inspireddevelopmentltd
https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-lynda-folan-a241061b/

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