Workplace Stories Podcast

At RedThread, we love our data, but we know that what you remember is stories. So we spend time listening to thinkers, writers, leaders, and practitioners as they tell their stories about what works in the workplace, what they’ve learned, and what they hope to see in the future. We hope you find it inspirational, motivational, and a touch irreverent.

Employee Experience (R)evolution

Employee experience is one of the most ubiquitous – and ambiguous — terms in our industry today. While people talked about it a lot before the pandemic, the rise of distributed and hybrid work has changed how people are thinking and talking about employee experience. We want to more clearly understand those shifts, and get to the bottom of if they are performative, provisional, or permanent.

Join us for an exciting and groundbreaking set of discussions! 

     

    Listen to "Employee Experience (R)evolution: Opening Arguments" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "You Can't Change EX Without Understanding People: Author Ashley Goodall" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "Why Learning Is the Engine of Employee Experience: Walmart's Brandon Carson" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "Why Both Little 'E' and Big 'E' Employee Experience Count: Eskelera's Dane Holmes" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "Why We Need to Rip Out and Replace the Employee Experience: Meta's Kelly Monahan" on Spreaker.

     

    Season Sponsor

    Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, helping customers adapt and thrive in a changing world. Workday applications for financial management, human resources, planning, spend management, and analytics have been adopted by thousands of organizations around the world and across industries—from medium-sized businesses to more than 50% of the Fortune 500. For more information about Workday, visit workday.com.

     

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    Find out more about our Workplace Stories podcast helpmate and facilitator Chris Pirie and his work here.

    The Great Reconnection

    In Season 6, we explore the Great Reconnection – addressing the fundamental need of workers who are coming back to the office. Leaders have an opportunity to reconnect workers to their colleagues, their customers, and the very purpose of the organization itself.

    Specifically, we dive into the role of managers and how they can bring more humanity and to their role. We explore the role of colleagues in enabling greater connection. And we talk about the role of data and technology of reconnecting employees. Don't miss an episode. Subscribe!

     

     

    Listen to "Reconnecting Without Being Bad-Bossy: HR Thinker Liz Wiseman" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "Reconnecting Via Purpose And Continual Career Conversations: UCHealth’s Matt Gosney" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "Unsucking The Workplace Through Connection: Airtable’s Jessica Amortegui" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "Firing Up Connection From Pre-Hire: Gretchen Murphy, Service Express" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "The Power of Connection: Thinker, Professor Dave Ulrich" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "Using Connection To Build Successful Cultures, with Udemy’s Melissa Daimler" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "If we don’t connect, the work will get done—but it'll never be great: Michael Madon, Pretaa" on Spreaker.

     
    Season Sponsor

    Torch is the People Development Platform that fuels leadership development through the power of trusted relationships. By combining coaching, mentoring, and collaborative learning, Torch helps you develop successful leaders, aligned with your organization’s strategy and values.

    Our customers deliver compelling leadership development experiences to their employees in support of their strategic initiatives. These include high-potential programs, new manager onboarding, DEI, change management, and others. The result is increased employee engagement, retention and performance.

    Visit trch.info/redthread for more information.

     

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    Find out more about our Workplace Stories podcast helpmate and facilitator Chris Pirie and his work here.

    Adventures in Hybrid Work

    We all know hybrid work is here. The question is, how can it be a forcing mechanism to enable better work and happier lives?

    We know one thing: hybrid work is much more than a policy—it's a different way of thinking about how work gets done. Going hybrid doesn't just define when people come into the office (or not). At its best, hybrid work opens up opportunities to rethink antiquated systems and deploy new approaches that take advantage of different ways of thinking about work, technology, and human interactions. Some of the specific elements of this new approach include a focus on skills, intentional network design, crafted collaboration, and thoughtfully designed and deployed technology.

    In this season, we'll be talking to people who are at the forefront of thinking about hybrid work in these new ways—academics and researchers, as well as leaders from employee development, performance management, DEIB, and other people functions. We're particularly interested in their changes to leadership behaviors, technology, performance management practices, employee engagement efforts, learning, and employee development that have enabled and accelerated the shift to hybrid. And we'll examine the impact of hybrid work on frontline workers, DEIB, and retention efforts. Tune in!

     

    Listen to "Adventures in Hybrid Work: Opening Arguments" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "A New Work Operating System: Thinker John Boudreau" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "Restoring Work-Life Balance Through Hybrid: Microsoft's Dawn Klinghoffer" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "Doubling Down On Trust, w/RJ Milnor, Uber" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "From Human To Social Capital: Michael Arena, formerly AWS & GM" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "Is Mentoring The Key To Hybrid? WM’s Phil Rhodes" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "Forget Balanced Work-Life And Think More Integrated: Panasonic's Lydia Wu" on Spreaker.

     

     

    Season Sponsor

    This season on Hybrid Work is being sponsored by Class and Perceptyx. A special thanks to them!

    Class is a live virtual learning platform that supports face-to-face learning at scale, enabling employees to learn with and from each other in context-rich, active learning experiences. With collaboration, engagement, and reporting tools, Class reinvents virtual learning to drive outcomes that are meaningful to employees and create business impact.

     

    Today, designing and delivering an exceptional employee experience is a business imperative. 

    Perceptyx can help you get a clear picture of your employee experience with a continuous listening and people analytics platform aligned to your specific business goals. Discover why more than 600 enterprise customers and 30 percent of the Fortune 100 trust Perceptyx to capture timely employee feedback, supported by insights and prescriptive actions for every level of the organization. 

    Learn more atperceptyx.com. 

     

     

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    Find out more about our Workplace Stories podcast helpmate and facilitator Chris Pirie and his work here.

    The Skills Odyssey II

    The world is STILL atwitter with the skills conversation—one that started before the pandemic, but was undoubtedly accelerated by it. Orgs are more interested than ever in understanding what skills their employees have, which skills they need, and how those skills can deliver results.   

    In our last podcast season, Skills Odyssey, we spoke with several leaders who had already jumped into the skills fray with both feet. The level of optimism surrounding skills and the strategies these orgs are adopting, left us both surprised and thrilled.  

    So in Skills Odyssey II, we plan to continue this journey of exploration. We’ll be talking to leaders in employee development, performance, people analytics, and DEIB who have adapted a skills mindset and have begun to implement changes based on it. We’ll learn why they’ve embarked, how they’re starting, and what they hope to accomplish, and the successes they’ve been having. More importantly, we’ll dive into the challenges they’ve faced along the way and seek practical, tried-and-tested ways to overcome those challenges. Have you been working on a Skills strategy for your own org? Come, learn with us. 

     

     

    Listen to "The Skills Odyssey II: Opening Arguments" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "How Do You Build Things That Are Reversible? Sun Life's Robert Carlyle" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "Paying for Skills and Much More with "Trustworthy AI," IBM's Anshul Sheopuri" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "Building Planes with Cake Decorators: Boeing's Guillermo Miranda" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "Designing A Future That Loves Us All: AstraZeneka's Manisha Singh" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "Precision Development At Scale: Deloitte's Eric Dingler" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "Delivering a Skills Marketplace: Deutsche Post DHL's Meredith Wellard" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "SPECIAL BONUS EPISODE: GE Healthcare's David Sperl" on Spreaker.

     
    Season Sponsor

    This season on Skills is being sponsored by Degreed and Visier. A special thanks to them!

     

    Degreed is the upskilling platform that connects learning to opportunities. We integrate everything people use to learn and build their careers—skill insights, LMSs, courses, videos, articles, and projects—and match everyone to growth opportunities that fit their unique skills, roles, and goals.

     

    Visier is the recognized leader in people analytics and workforce planning. With Visier, organizations can answer questions that shape business strategy, provide the impetus for taking action, and drive better business outcomes through workforce optimization. Visier has 11,000 customers in 75 countries, including enterprises like Adobe, BASF, Electronic Arts, McKesson, Uber, and more.

    The Skills Odyssey

    The world is atwitter with the skills conversation, one that was started before, but accelerated by, the pandemic. Organizations are more interested than ever in understanding what skills their employees have, which skills they need, and how those skills can help deliver results.

    Organizations we speak with about skills generally fall into 2 buckets: either they’re paralyzed and unsure how to even begin, or they have jumped in with both feet and are figuring it out as they go. This season focuses on the latter group 

    We called this season the Skills Odyssey because the skills journey isn’t dissimilar to that of Odysseus; there is a lot of wandering, some perils, and some tests, but the trip is worth it, and ultimately leads somewhere worthwhile.

    In this season, we’ll be talking to leaders in employee development, performance, people analytics, and DEIB who are just starting the skills journey. We explore why they’ve embarked, how they’re starting, and what they hope to accomplish.

    Find out the approaches they’re taking the challenges they’re encountering, and the success, or potential success, they are having.

     

     

    Listen to "The Skills Odyssey: Opening Arguments" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "Bringing Skills to life in the workplace: People Data Enthusiast Heather Whiteman" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "Using Skills to Create a Learning Culture: Ericsson's Vidya Krishnan" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "Exploring the build vs buy conundrum: Fidelity's Mike Groesser" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "Building the Skills Plane While Flying: Citi's Christopher Funk" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "The Soup Cube Skills Methodology: ABN AMRO’s Patrick Coolen" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "A Peek Inside a Skills Transformation: Tim Dickinson, Novartis" on Spreaker.

    Season Sponsors

    This season on Skills is being sponsored by Degreed and Visier. A special thanks to them!

     

    Degreed is the upskilling platform that connects learning to opportunities. We integrate everything people use to learn and build their careers—skill insights, LMSs, courses, videos, articles, and projects—and match everyone to growth opportunities that fit their unique skills, roles, and goals.

     

    Visier is the recognized leader in people analytics and workforce planning. With Visier, organizations can answer questions that shape business strategy, provide the impetus for taking action, and drive better business outcomes through workforce optimization. Visier has 11,000 customers in 75 countries, including enterprises like Adobe, BASF, Electronic Arts, McKesson, Uber, and more.

    Integrating Inclusion

    While diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) have long been important topics, the social justice movements of the summer of 2020 catapulted this topic to the top of board and CEO agendas. Organizations are realizing that hiring a Chief Diversity Officer is only the beginning of addressing DEIB; they also need to make meaningful, systemic change.

    Research tells us that the most effective way to drive change is through an integrated approach to DEIB – where a DEIB lens is applied to all aspects of talent practices. Leaders ahead of the game are looking at how to integrate DEIB and talent management, learning, leadership development, people analytics and more.  

    In this season, we talk to thinkers, academics, and practitioners who are at the intersection of DEIB and other talent practices. Specifically, we speak with experts working on integrating DEIB in:

    • Talent management
    • Learning and skills
    • Leadership development and careers
    • People analytics
    Some of the questions we'll focus on include:
    • How are talent leaders in different functions collaborating with DEIB leaders to drive change?
    • What new practices are leaders using to make their workplaces more inclusive?
    • How are organizations measuring and monitoring their progress and what results are they seeing?
    • How might this focus on DEIB better prepare organizations for the future?

     

    Listen to "Integrating Inclusion: Opening Arguments" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "Use both the data AND the story: PTC's Hallie Bregman" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "Creating space for courageous conversations: S&P Global's Rachel Fichter" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "Creating light, not heat: JPMorgan Chase's Jesse Jackson" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "Collaboration and DEIB — What Should Change? Babson College's Rob Cross" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "What Belonging really needs to take hold: Airbnb’s Kate Shaw" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "Data AND Stories: Workday’s Phil Willburn" on Spreaker.

    Season Sponsor

    This series on Skills is being sponsored by Workday. A special thanks to them!

    Today the world is changing faster than ever. Meet changing business needs with Workday; it's one agile system that enables you to grow and engage a more inclusive workforce. Workday is a finance, HR, and planning system for a changing world.

    The Skills Obsession

    It seems like everywhere we look, people are talking about skills. Upskilling. Reskilling. Skill gaps. Skills data. In short, there seems to be a skills obsession.

    In this podcast season, we talked to thinkers, writers, leaders, and practitioners about the current state of thinking on why and how we are managing skills at the people and organizational level. We specifically cover topics such as:

    • What are organizations’ overall purpose in focusing on skills, both now and in the future? What are they actually doing, and what is their aspiration?
    • How are organizations identifying, quantifying, and communicating about skills?
    • How are employees being involved in the identification, validation, and upkeep of skills? To what extent do employees “own” skills?
    • What are the different roles of technology in understanding, quantifying, and maintaining skills?

     

    Listen to "The Skills Obsession: Opening Arguments" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "Designing the Skills Future: the d.school's Lisa Kay Solomon" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "The Price of Skills Debt: Guild Education's Matthew Daniel" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "The Realities of Building a Tech-Enabled Skills Framework: Sygenta's Madhura Chakrabarti" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "Learning The Many Languages of Skills: Mars's Nuno Gonçalves" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "Why L&D Needs to Lose The ‘Men In Black’ Mindset: British Red Cross's Satnam Sagoo" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "A 'Third Age' of Human Capital Management: Workday's Greg Pryor" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "Why skills inventory is a nut worth cracking: Rob Lauber, former McDonald’s CLO" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "What a Mindset of Enablement Actually Looks Like: Microsoft’s Karen Kocher" on Spreaker.

    Season Sponsor

    This series on Skills is being sponsored by Workday. A special thanks to them!

    Today, the world is changing faster than ever, and you can meet those changing needs with Workday; it’s one agile system that enables you to grow and re-skill your workforce. Workday is a financial, HR and planning system for a changing world.

    Purpose

    Back in August 2019, the Business Roundtable—an association of chief executive officers of America’s leading companies—said that the Purpose of American business was no longer to maximise shareholder value but to instead promote an economy that ‘serves all Americans.’

    “CEOs work to generate profits and return value to shareholders, but the best-run companies do more,” stated one Roundtable member, Tricia Griffith, President and CEO of Progressive Corporation. “They put the customer first and invest in their employees and communities. In the end, it’s the most promising way to build long-term value.”

    A lot has happened since then, as we all know, but multiple events over the first few months of lockdown seems to bear out the idea that Purpose really has become front of mind for many corporations right now.

    So we decided to find out more—and in this special new Season on the podcast, that’s what we’ll be doing: answering (if we can) the key question, Is Purpose Working?

     

    Listen to "Is Purpose Working? A special Learning Futures Group-RedThread Research exploration" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "‘We really need to invest right now in human skills:’ our Purpose exploration continues, with Aaron Hurst" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "Rachel Fichter, S&P Global, and Purpose: ’You can’t just come up with a Purpose that doesn’t match who you are’" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "‘Written on very, very important paper:’ Medtronic–and what having a Purpose for 60 years gives you" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "Leadership strategist and Purpose thinker Dan Pontefract, and a mid-season review" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "‘A big organisation, but one with heart.’ Johnson & Johnson—the original Purpose-based company?" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "‘I try to help people grow and evolve in a way that’s good for both them and us’—Sanofi, Empowering Life and its employees" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "Can even venture capitalists have Purpose? The answer will surprise you" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "“Purpose always comes out strongest when there's a moment of strife:” IDEO U’s Suzanne Gibbs Howard" on Spreaker.

    Listen to "Why EY thinks ‘purpose + vision + long-term value’ is the real purpose power equation" on Spreaker.

    Season Sponsor

    This series on Purpose is being sponsored by NovoEd. A special thanks to them!

    Global enterprises rely on its collaborative online learning platform to build high-value capabilities that result in real impact, with its customers working to deliver powerful, engaging learning that activates deep skill development, from leadership to design thinking and digital transformation, as well as driving measurable business outcomes.