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Punk Rock HR

Mar 11, 2024

When Laurie first stumbled into the HR world, what struck her was not just the depth of paperwork but the human stories behind each form and policy.

On this episode of Punk Rock HR, fast forward several decades, and Laurie is sitting down with Angela Cheng-Cimini, an HR expert with an enviable three-decade portfolio, to share those very tales that have shaped our careers and the field of human resources. Together, we unwrap the evolution of HR from a back-office function to a strategic powerhouse, reflecting on the times we had to stand our ground and the moments that taught us the true value of our professional worth.

Workplace dynamics are never static, and this episode peels back the layers on wielding influence without the crutch of rank or authority – a nuanced art in HR. Angela and Laurie swap stories from the trenches, discussing confrontations with workplace bullying and the leaps of faith in self-advocacy that propelled our careers forward. We also delve into how we've seen HR evolve, moving from policy enforcers to holistic partners in business strategy and the critical role of mentoring up-and-coming HR champions.

Peering into the crystal ball, Angela and Laurie discuss the future of work, tackling the burning question of whether the traditional nine-to-five is on its last legs. We unravel the implications of a global talent pool, the urgency for flexible work solutions, and the importance of doubling down on DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) initiatives in a world constantly reshaping its social contours.

This episode isn't just a walk down memory lane but a rallying cry for innovation in HR practices and an example of the irreplaceable human element in the workplace.

In this episode, you will hear:

  • HR's transformation from administrative paperwork to strategic business partnership
  • How HR professionals can exert influence without relying on hierarchical power
  • Standing up against workplace bullying and advocating for self-worth
  • Addressing generational differences in the workplace
  • The urgency to enhance DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) initiatives amid shifting social dynamics
  • The future of work, including the viability of the traditional nine-to-five workweek and the rise of remote work opportunities from a global talent pool
  • The evolution of HR practices and the ongoing need for mentorship in developing strategic HR leaders
  • Social media’s role in shaping employer branding, talent acquisition, and the challenges of fostering authentic dialogue in the digital age
  • Committing to DEI efforts within organizations and “doubling down” despite potential societal and legislative backslides.

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