That HR Podcast episode 17: Who actually knows what HR does?

Jobseekers and career changers aren’t always sure what the people profession is really about. But does it matter, and what can HR do about it?

The future of the people profession depends on attracting the brightest and best minds. But HR faces a particular problem: many graduates and others entering the labour market aren’t sure what it actually involves.

In this episode of That HR Podcast, People Management’s Maggie Baska and Lilly Howlett discuss how HR can compete for talent with portfolio careerist and former HR leader Guy Pink and Yvonne Smyth, director of Hays’ human resources recruitment business. They ask whether the people profession needs a better marketing campaign to recruit the next generation of talent, and whether it matters that HR isn’t widely understood. 

And brush up on your favourite Shakespearean monologue and step into the spotlight – we’re exploring how drama and actor training can help business leaders conquer their stagefright in the workplace. 

Plus, Tim Pointer helps a listener concerned about how to handle a burgeoning office romance.  

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Thank you to our guests from this episode:

  • Guy Pink, portfolio careerist and former HR director of Addaction
  • Yvonne Smyth, director of Hays human resources recruitment business
  • Richard Keith, voice and communication coach at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
  • Tim Pointer, founder of Starboard Thinking