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#13 The Three Basic Laws of HR Software | Denis Barnard from HR Means Business | The Talent Exchange

With the world now operating predominantly online, our systems, processes and procedures have all undergone digital transformation to improve time and cost efficiencies, and maximise the value of tools such as automation. One incredibly important tool for HR professionals is their HR software.

In this episode we speak to Denis Barnard, who is the lead consultant at HRmeansbusiness Ltd and is a recognised expert in the field of HR and payroll software, supporting organisations internationally with their HR software selection. He shares his insight into the HR software landscape, how to make the most of your software, managing selection and implementation and also his 3 basic laws of HR technology.

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With the world now operating predominantly online, our systems, processes and procedures have all undergone digital transformation to improve time and cost efficiencies, and maximise the value of tools such as automation. One incredibly important tool for HR professionals is their HR software.

In this episode we speak to Denis Barnard, who is the lead consultant at HRmeansbusiness Ltd and is a recognised expert in the field of HR and payroll software, supporting organisations internationally with their HR software selection. He shares his insight into the HR software landscape, how to make the most of your software, managing selection and implementation and also his 3 basic laws of HR technology.

Over the last 12 months there has been a real spotlight on employee mental health and wellbeing, as we all navigated the challenges of isolation, changes in our working environment and the new physical distance between us when collaborating at work. With this has come with significant changes in our working practices and a much greater reliance on technology within our day-to-day working lives. 

In this episode we ask Omar Latif, Founder and CEO of tech start-up Fluxxt, to share his insight into the positive potential of technology for mental health and wellbeing. With greater transparency and data comes greater opportunity and Omar shares his insight into the power of data driven decisions, to really support an guide employees on scale.

For organisations looking to truly connect and support their teams, this is an insightful listen for you!

Undertaking a change in software can be incredibly daunting, with lots of new features and functionality to explore, stakeholders to train and processes to remap, therefore the implementation process is absolutely critical. 

At networx we have an implementations team, supporting clients to move across from other providers or build a system from scratch to suit their needs and requirements. In this episode, Sarah, who manages a number of of implementations at networx, joins us to share her experience and top tips on managing a successful software implementation. From clear communication and strong project management principles, listen to find out how you can ensure you meet every milestone of your new project.

For more about Sarah and how we have supported over 450 to successfully implement ATS technology, get in touch.

We have all endured a strange year in recruitment and the landscape has changed quite significantly. However although individual organisational challenges do vary, a lot of the key drivers or motivations for change and improvement are similar; from reducing time-to-hire, to improving costs or delivering an exceptional candidate experience.

In episode #10 of The Talent Exchange, we are joined by Ian Turley, HR Business Partner at Cafcass. Along with the wider team, Ian has been refining processes and procedures to maximise efficiency. It is not always about radical changes, but about marginal gains which ultimately have a major impact on your ability to attract and onboard the very best talent for your business. Ian shares his reflections on the last 12 months and also discusses how collaborating with partners has supported the team at Cafcass to innovate at the right pace.

As the world evolves, not just after the last 18 months, but in general with technology adoption, greater transparency and access to information online and exposure to the success stories of others, candidate or jobseeker expectations have shifted too. This has meant that in order to attract, onboard and retain the very best talent, organisations also need to evolve.

In this episode we are joined by Richard Edge, the Founder and CEO of award-winning business, Careerships. With a wealth of knowledge and experience across talent acquisition, Richard is an executive coach working globally with talented individuals to mentor them in their career path and today shares his international experience of people dynamics, evolving candidate expectations and the wider job market.

Over the past few years, mental health awareness has been on the rise with movements pioneered by organisations such as Leeds Mind, breaking down the stigma and encouraging healthy and positive conversations about mental health. As 1 in 4 are likely to experience a mental health problem in any given year, now more than ever it is important to be changing the way we think, act and feel about mental health in the workplace,  including how we approach recruitment.

In this episode we speak to Amy Charles, a Peer Support Facilitator about her experience of working for Leeds Mind and the initiatives that they are driving throughout the region, such as the Mindful Employer Network, to support individuals, teams and businesses to build on their strengths and overcome obstacles. From recruitment initiatives, through to peer support groups and cultivating an open and honest culture, Amy shares the Mind way.

They say first impressions really count and arguably the same goes for when you are recruiting a new employee. How you manage the candidate experience and their onboarding into the business, from equipment to cultural values, really does leave a lasting impression.

On this episode we are joined by Debbie Bissell, Head of HR and Operations at ClickThrough Marketing. Debbie joins us to share her experience and recent journey in evolving the ClickThrough onboarding experience. The pandemic has thrown some curve balls with remote working and team engagement, however Debbie together with her team, ClickThrough they have developed a flexible experience to deliver a warm welcome to all new starters regardless of remote, hybrid or office working.

There are lots of different tools to support leaders and talent professionals in prioritising EDI, from intuitive software with anonymised sifting and panel scoring, through to employee experience initiatives. There's also been a lot more noise and positive movement to bring the conversation of change to the forefront. For a lot of organisations, the roll out of external-facing documentation such as the Gender Pay Gap reports was a step towards highlighting and tackling some of the challenges around equality and diversity. But how do we enable inclusive leaders to take action?

On this episode of The Talent Exchange, Catherine Smith, Co-Founder and Executive Coach of Equal Talent, and pioneer of the She Has No Limits membership organisation to support female leaders join us for her second podcast to explore the challenges and how organisations can support action to create change.

Equality, diversity and inclusion covers a broad range of challenges for the workplace and Catherine shares her own experiences, insight and stories from her network about gender bias in particular and how the last 18 months has pioneered greater discussion, but still had a catastrophic impact on female careers and development in the workplace.

Workplace has been gaining momentum in a number of organisations over the last 5-10 years. Rooted in facilities management and workplace environment, this has rapidly involved to manage many of the wider challenges surrounding workplace, including culture, flexibility, productivity and change management.

In this episode, Will Easton joins us to share his experience as a Workplace Specialist and how the conversation has evolved over the last 18 months. With over 15 years' experience across public health, banking, fintech, luxury fashion and local government, Will has a wealth of knowledge and has guided all sizes of organisations through the challenges of change to ensure the workplace experience delivers for the company, the teams and the communities and stakeholders they serve.

The last 12 months has been an interesting rollercoaster for all of us. For leaders, it has been a steep learning curve in managing workplace change, operations and the cultural impact of the pandemic, alongside continuing to support, nurture and grow teams at an individual level.

On episode 4 of The Talent Exchange we are joined by Catherine Smith, Co-Founder and Executive Coach of Equal Talent, and pioneer of the She Has No Limits membership organisation to support female leaders. Catherine joins us to explore how leaders need to adapt and be agile in the current climate, and going back to basics to assess individual and organisation values. 

The last 12 months has shed an even brighter light on the stigma surrounding mental health in the workplace. Despite the fantastic work of charities and organisations nationwide, 9 out of 10 people with mental health challenges in the UK still suffer stigmatisation and discrimination.

We are proud to be collaborating with organisations who are taking great steps to normalise the conversation, including Sean Rothwell from The Regenda Group and Jake Mills from Chasing the Stigma. In this episode we catch up with both Sean and Jake about the initiatives they have been running over the last 12 months to connect departments, boost morale and encourage their teams to speak up about mental health at work.

Leadership has been a hot topic over the last 12 months. When we face challenges, we typically seek support and guidance from our managers, leaders in our community and those at the heart of the people in your business; HR. However, where do leaders get their support to ensure they can cascade best practice, solutions and a positive attitude to their direct reports?

In this episode, we catch up with Barbara Nixon who is a Success and Leadership Coach, supporting managers, directors and business owners improve their mindset and confidence, work smarter and really grow as a leader. With over 20 years in the personal development arena, including 12 years in corporate positions, Barbara has worked with hundreds of people to help them improve their skills and get to where they want to go, in turn enabling their wider communities to grow too. 

For the first ever episode on The Talent Exchange, we are joined by Rhonda McPhail and Daisy Crump from Scope, which is an equality diversity charity. The last year has been challenging and eye opening for organisations globally and surveys have highlighted that Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is a core focus for businesses going forward. There are lots of ways to encourage greater diversity within your organisation and recruitment plays a big part.

In this episode we discuss the benefits of an inclusive workplace and the steps HR and talent professionals can take to attract, engage, manage and onboard a diverse pool of talent. As an Employer Engagement Specialist, Rhonda shares how she supports employers and recruiters who want to attract disabled candidates to promote roles on Scope’s Job Board, and Daisy shares her experience as an Employment Adviser for Scope's Support to Work service.