The Elephant in the Org

The Fearless PX

The "Elephant in the Org" podcast is a daring dive into the unspoken challenges and opportunities in organizational development, particularly in the realm of employee experience. Hosted by the team at The Fearless PX, we tackle the "elephants" in the room—those taboo or ignored topics—that are critical for creating psychologically safe and highly effective workplaces.

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Ghosted: The Vanishing Act of Recruiters
Yesterday
Ghosted: The Vanishing Act of Recruiters
Welcome to "The Elephant in the Org," Episode 16, "Ghosting: The Vanishing Act of Recruiters." Join hosts Danny Gluch, Cacha Dora, Marion Anderson, and talent acquisition leader Hector Lujan Jr., as we explore the trend of ghosting in recruitment. This episode examines how this practice, originally from the dating world, affects both recruiters and candidates, impacting professional relationships and company reputations.Our discussion with Hector Lujan Jr. delves into the drivers of ghosting, including communication breakdowns, generational differences, and the influence of technology. We provide an in-depth analysis of the issue and its implications in the recruitment world, offering insights from various perspectives.This insightful episode is crucial for anyone involved in the modern job market, offering practical strategies for both recruiters and candidates to foster a transparent and respectful hiring process. Tune in for an honest conversation about one of today's most pressing workplace issues, and subscribe for more episodes that explore the unspoken dynamics of the workplace.You can connect with Hector Lujan Jr. on Linkedin. Link to episode show notes. Connect with Us: Follow The Fearless PX on Linkedin at The Fearless PX Visit our website for more content and updates: https://www.thefearlesspx.com/ Reach out to Marion, Cacha, and Danny at elephant@thefearlessp.com You can find all episodes of The Elephant in the Org here.You can watch the full episodes on our YouTube Channel. We encourage you to subscribe and leave a review if you found this episode enlightening! Music Credits:Opening and closing theme by The Toros. Production Credits:Produced by The Fearless PX, Edited by Marion Anderson. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and do not necessarily reflect any affiliated organizations’ official policy or position. ...
Memo on Affection: Balancing Love and the Employee Handbook
Feb 14 2024
Memo on Affection: Balancing Love and the Employee Handbook
In this special Valentine's Day edition of "The Elephant in the Org," we unwrap the often taboo topic of office romance with a blend of humor, honesty, and HR savvy. Join Danny Gluch and his co-hosts Cacha Dora, and Marion Anderson as they delve into the heart (and potential heartaches) of finding love amidst the cubicles. Whether it's the thrill of a shared project turning into something more, or the pitfalls of navigating a corporate cupid's arrow, this episode is a candid exploration of where the personal collides with the professional.From the complexities of confessing a workplace crush to dissecting the dos and don'ts in the employee handbook, our hosts leave no stone unturned. They share personal anecdotes, challenge traditional views, and provide insightful advice on balancing affection with ethical boundaries in the workplace. Tune in to this engaging episode for a thoughtful yet light-hearted look at the intertwining worlds of love and work - a memo on affection you didn't know you needed! You can find the shownotes here. Connect with Us: Follow The Fearless PX on Linkedin at The Fearless PX Visit our website for more content and updates: https://www.thefearlesspx.com/ Reach out to Marion, Cacha, and Danny at elephant@thefearlessp.com You can find all episodes of The Elephant in the Org here.You can watch the full episodes on our YouTube Channel. We encourage you to subscribe and leave a review if you found this episode enlightening! Music Credits:Opening and closing theme by The Toros. Production Credits:Produced by The Fearless PX, Edited by Marion Anderson. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and do not necessarily reflect any affiliated organizations’ official policy or position. ...
Average Lies: The Misleading Nature of HR KPIs
Feb 7 2024
Average Lies: The Misleading Nature of HR KPIs
Ever thought your HR data might be pulling a fast one on you? 🤔 Join us in our latest episode where we debunk the myths of HR metrics with our special guest, Ben O'Mahony, Co-Founder and CEO of JobsASI. Dive into the tricky world of averages and discover why your KPIs might be telling you fibs. Prepare for a lively chat with your Fearless PX hosts Danny Gluch, Cacha Dora, and Marion Anderson, as they explore the intricate dance between qualitative and quantitative data in HR. It's not just about the numbers; it's about what the numbers are hiding! Tune in for insights, laughs, and a fresh perspective on using data effectively. Don't just trust us; listen to your data (but not the averages!). Click here for full episode shownotesConnect with Us: Follow The Fearless PX on Linkedin at The Fearless PX Visit our website for more content and updates: https://www.thefearlesspx.com/ Reach out to Marion, Cacha, and Danny at elephant@thefearlessp.com You can find all episodes of The Elephant in the Org here.You can watch the full episodes on our YouTube Channel. We encourage you to subscribe and leave a review if you found this episode enlightening! Music Credits:Opening and closing theme by The Toros. Production Credits:Produced by The Fearless PX, Edited by Marion Anderson. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and do not necessarily reflect any affiliated organizations’ official policy or position. ...
Calendar Clutter:The Corporate Cult of Wasted Time
Jan 31 2024
Calendar Clutter:The Corporate Cult of Wasted Time
Dive into Episode 13 of "The Elephant in the Org," titled "Calendar Clutter: The Corporate Cult of Wasted Time," where hosts Danny Gluch, Cacha Dora, and Marion Anderson tackle the pervasive issue of excessive meetings in the corporate world. This episode reveals how an overabundance of meetings not only disrupts employee productivity but also impacts overall workplace satisfaction. The hosts explore various global perspectives on meeting culture, offering insights on effective strategies in remote work settings. They emphasize the importance of conflict and accountability in meetings and discuss the underestimated value of non-work-related interactions in building personal connections, especially in remote work environments.Click here for full show notes.Remote Work by Chris Dyer and Kim Shepherd can be found here. Connect with Us: Follow The Fearless PX on Linkedin at The Fearless PX Visit our website for more content and updates: https://www.thefearlesspx.com/ Reach out to Marion, Cacha, and Danny at elephant@thefearlessp.com You can find all episodes of The Elephant in the Org here.You can watch the full episodes on our YouTube Channel. We encourage you to subscribe and leave a review if you found this episode enlightening! Music Credits:Opening and closing theme by The Toros. Production Credits:Produced by The Fearless PX, Edited by Marion Anderson. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and do not necessarily reflect any affiliated organizations’ official policy or position. ...
Remote Working: Because You're Worth It? Unlikely!  Bonus Episode!
Jan 26 2024
Remote Working: Because You're Worth It? Unlikely! Bonus Episode!
🎙️ Welcome to the Emergency Broadcast of "The Elephant in the Org"! Bonus Episode: Oh Shit, What's Happened Now - Remote Working: Because You're Worth It? Unlikely!Brace yourselves for a bonus rollercoaster ride with the Fearless PX trio - Marion, Cacha, and Danny. They're not just unpacking the remote work suitcase but throwing it out the window in this no-holds-barred episode!  From Axios's revelation of CEOs waving the white flag on full-time office returns to L'Oréal's CEO stirring the pot with his spicy take on remote workers' creativity or lack thereof. It's a whirlwind of opinions, facts, and a few exasperated sighs. 😤Get ready to dive headfirst into the deep end of remote work debates. The team slices through the corporate double-speak like ninjas in a boardroom, armed with articles, insights, and a healthy dose of sarcasm. We're talking the real deal on remote work demand, the seismic shifts in work culture, and why your home office might just be your new forever office. So, put on your pajamas (because, let's be honest, that's the real remote work uniform), grab a snack, and tune in to this unfiltered, passionate pow-wow that’s more heated than your last Zoom meeting! Tune in now at The Elephant in the Org.Full Shownotes Here.Connect with Us: Follow The Fearless PX on Linkedin at The Fearless PX Visit our website for more content and updates: https://www.thefearlesspx.com/ Reach out to Marion, Cacha, and Danny at elephant@thefearlessp.com You can find all episodes of The Elephant in the Org here.You can watch the full episodes on our YouTube Channel. We encourage you to subscribe and leave a review if you found this episode enlightening! Music Credits:Opening and closing theme by The Toros. Production Credits:Produced by The Fearless PX, Edited by Marion Anderson. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and do not necessarily reflect any affiliated organizations’ official policy or position. ...
Organizational Culture Change Management: Why It Usually Goes Tits Up!
Jan 24 2024
Organizational Culture Change Management: Why It Usually Goes Tits Up!
Dive into "Organizational Culture Change: Why it Usually Goes Tits Up!" on the Elephant in the Org podcast. Hosted by the Fearless PX trio - Danny, Marion, and Cacha - and featuring Organizational Psychologist and change management guru Paula Brockwell, this episode uncovers the often comical yet complex world of culture change. With Paula's 20+ years of expertise, we explore why most initiatives flop and how to flip the script for success. We shed light on the complex and often misunderstood process of culture change within organizations. Paula's expertise offers a fresh perspective on creating environments where employees and businesses thrive together.Plus, find out why Terry's Chocolate Orange might just be the secret morale booster every HR pro needs! It's an insightful, laughter-filled journey into the heart of organizational dynamics.You can connect with Paula Brockwell LinkedInConnect with Us: Follow The Fearless PX on Linkedin at The Fearless PX Visit our website for more content and updates: https://www.thefearlesspx.com/ Reach out to Marion, Cacha, and Danny at elephant@thefearlessp.com You can find all episodes of The Elephant in the Org here.You can watch the full episodes on our YouTube Channel. We encourage you to subscribe and leave a review if you found this episode enlightening! Music Credits:Opening and closing theme by The Toros. Production Credits:Produced by The Fearless PX, Edited by Marion Anderson. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and do not necessarily reflect any affiliated organizations’ official policy or position. ...
HR on the Brink: Navigating Burnout and Self-Care
Jan 17 2024
HR on the Brink: Navigating Burnout and Self-Care
The Fearless PX crew - Cacha, Marion, and Danny - are back with a fresh episode that's serious in content but light in spirit! This time around, we're tackling a topic close to many hearts: burnout and self-care in the HR world. Join us as we dive into the real talk about the burnout battles HR folks often face, all while keeping things upbeat. We're not just discussing the challenges; we're sharing laughs, insights, and some nifty self-care strategies that might just be your next best practices! Tune in to "HR on the Brink: Navigating Burnout and Self-Care" for a conversation that's as enlightening as it is engaging. Remember, taking care of yourself isn't just a luxury, it's a necessity! So, grab your favorite snack (Terry's Chocolate Orange, anyone?), sit back, and let's get this wellness journey started! Click here for full show notes. Connect with Us: Follow The Fearless PX on Linkedin at The Fearless PX Visit our website for more content and updates: https://www.thefearlesspx.com/ Reach out to Marion, Cacha, and Danny at elephant@thefearlessp.com You can find all episodes of The Elephant in the Org here.You can watch the full episodes on our YouTube Channel. We encourage you to subscribe and leave a review if you found this episode enlightening! Music Credits:Opening and closing theme by The Toros. Production Credits:Produced by The Fearless PX, Edited by Marion Anderson. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and do not necessarily reflect any affiliated organizations’ official policy or position. ...
Elevating HR: Securing a Seat in the C-Suite
Jan 10 2024
Elevating HR: Securing a Seat in the C-Suite
Dive into the intricate world of HR strategy in "Elevating HR: Securing a Seat in the C-Suite," the compelling second part of our discussion with Alastair Clarkson on the "Elephant in the Org" podcast. In this episode, we continue our deep exploration with the innovative mind behind Sprout, Scotland. Hosted by the insightful duo Danny Glutch and Marion Anderson, this segment unveils the sophisticated tactics HR professionals can employ to carve out a significant position within the corporate echelons. Discover how to balance the pragmatic aspects of business with the pivotal initiatives of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and navigate the complexities of a multicultural organizational culture. Alastair provides a masterclass on integrating cultural principles subtly into corporate strategies, pioneering the concept of 'stealth' transformation within organizations. Learn how aligning HR goals with business objectives can drive profitability and success and why speaking the C-suite's language is crucial for HR credibility. This episode is a must-listen for anyone in HR looking to make impactful changes, offering a nuanced approach to shifting mindsets gently and effectively. Join us for an episode that's not just about elevating HR but about transforming it into a pivotal force for business success and cultural integration.Click Here For Full Episode Show Notes Connect with Us: Follow The Fearless PX on Linkedin at The Fearless PX Visit our website for more content and updates: https://www.thefearlesspx.com/ Reach out to Marion, Cacha, and Danny at elephant@thefearlessp.com You can find all episodes of The Elephant in the Org here.You can watch the full episodes on our YouTube Channel. We encourage you to subscribe and leave a review if you found this episode enlightening! Music Credits:Opening and closing theme by The Toros. Production Credits:Produced by The Fearless PX, Edited by Marion Anderson. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and do not necessarily reflect any affiliated organizations’ official policy or position. ...
Global Perspectives: Navigating People Leadership in a Diverse World
Jan 10 2024
Global Perspectives: Navigating People Leadership in a Diverse World
In this enlightening new episode of "Elephant in the Org," we journey into the heart of workplace dynamics with Alastair Clarkson, the innovative founder of UK-based company Sprout. Part one of a riveting two-part series, this episode takes a deep dive into reshaping work cultures through empathy, intelligence, and valor. Join hosts Danny Glutch and Marion Anderson as they engage with Alastair in a captivating discussion about embracing cultural diversity in global enterprises, the critical role of academic rigor in human resources, and the art of adaptability in cross-cultural management. This episode is a treasure trove for anyone eager to understand the intricacies of modern workplace environments and the transformative power of inclusive, educated, and flexible HR practices. Prepare to be inspired by stories, insights, and strategies highlighting the universal human connections that bind us, regardless of cultural background. Tune in to witness a conversation that's not just about improving workplaces but about enriching the human experience within them.Click Here for Full Episode Show-Notes Connect with Us: Follow The Fearless PX on Linkedin at The Fearless PX Visit our website for more content and updates: https://www.thefearlesspx.com/ Reach out to Marion, Cacha, and Danny at elephant@thefearlessp.com You can find all episodes of The Elephant in the Org here.You can watch the full episodes on our YouTube Channel. We encourage you to subscribe and leave a review if you found this episode enlightening! Music Credits:Opening and closing theme by The Toros. Production Credits:Produced by The Fearless PX, Edited by Marion Anderson. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and do not necessarily reflect any affiliated organizations’ official policy or position. ...
Transparency at Work Part 2: Cultural Transparency
Dec 20 2023
Transparency at Work Part 2: Cultural Transparency
Part 2 - Transparency at Work: Cultural TransparencyUnlocking Transparency in Organizations with Adam Horne, Co-Founder of Open OrgEpisode Overview: In this special two-part episode, we sit down with Adam Horne, Co-Founder of Open Org, to explore the profound impact of transparency on organizational trust and performance. Join us as we unravel the secrets behind rebuilding trust and fostering transparency in the world of work.About Our Guest:  Adam Horne, a visionary Co-Founder at Open Org (Openorg.fyi), is on a mission to reshape the foundations of trust by introducing greater transparency into organizations. His insights come at a time when engagement rates are plummeting, attrition is rising, and trust between employers and employees is at an all-time low.Why Transparency Matters:  Discover why transparency is the key to overcoming these challenges. Poor communication across candidate and employee experiences erodes trust and impacts company performance. Open Org has crafted a groundbreaking framework and accreditation that empowers people leaders to guide their organizations through cultural change. This transformation touches 35 critical areas of business, from flexibility and compensation to culture, diversity, and decision-making.What They Do:  Open Org goes beyond theory. They're dedicated to fostering learning and development through tailored programs for People and Talent professionals. These programs provide a space for like-minded individuals to learn about open culture, accelerate change in their organizations, and connect with others who believe that Openness should be the new default in the world of work.Part 2 - Release Date: Wednesday, 20th December:Join us for Part 2 of this exclusive interview with Adam Horne as we discuss what it means to be transparent about the culture of a workplace. Would you have the courage to be transparent about who does and does not fit well into your org?https://www.openorg.fyi/Connect with Us: Follow The Fearless PX on Linkedin at The Fearless PX Visit our website for more content and updates: https://www.thefearlesspx.com/ Reach out to Marion, Cacha, and Danny at elephant@thefearlessp.com You can find all episodes of The Elephant in the Org here.You can watch the full episodes on our YouTube Channel. We encourage you to subscribe and leave a review if you found this episode enlightening! Music Credits:Opening and closing theme by The Toros. Production Credits:Produced by The Fearless PX, Edited by Marion Anderson. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and do not necessarily reflect any affiliated organizations’ official policy or position. ...
Transparency at Work Part 1: Clean Window or Brick Wall?
Dec 13 2023
Transparency at Work Part 1: Clean Window or Brick Wall?
Title: Transparency at Work: Clean Window or Brick Wall? Unlocking Transparency in Organizations with Adam Horne, Co-Founder of Open Org**Episode Overview: In this special two-part episode, we sit down with Adam Horne, Co-Founder of Open Org, to explore the profound impact of transparency on organizational trust and performance. Join us as we unravel the secrets behind rebuilding trust and fostering transparency in the world of work.About Our Guest: Adam Horne, a visionary Co-Founder at Open Org (Openorg.fyi), is on a mission to reshape the foundations of trust by introducing greater transparency into organizations. His insights come at a time when engagement rates are plummeting, attrition is rising, and trust between employers and employees is at an all-time low.Why Transparency Matters: Discover why transparency is the key to overcoming these challenges. Poor communication across candidate and employee experiences erodes trust and impacts company performance. Open Org has crafted a groundbreaking framework and accreditation that empowers people leaders to guide their organizations through cultural change. This transformation touches 35 critical business areas, from flexibility and compensation to culture, diversity, and decision-making.What They Do: Open Org goes beyond theory. They're dedicated to fostering learning and development through tailored programs for People and Talent professionals. These programs provide a space for like-minded individuals to learn about open culture, accelerate change in their organizations, and connect with others who believe that Openness should be the new default in the world of work.Part 1 - Release Date: Wednesday, 13th December:Join us for Part 1 of this exclusive interview with Adam Horne as we delve deeper into the pivotal role of transparency in transforming organizations for the better and why pay transparency is critical.https://www.openorg.fyi/Connect with Us: Follow The Fearless PX on Linkedin at The Fearless PX Visit our website for more content and updates: https://www.thefearlesspx.com/ Reach out to Marion, Cacha, and Danny at elephant@thefearlessp.com You can find all episodes of The Elephant in the Org here.You can watch the full episodes on our YouTube Channel. We encourage you to subscribe and leave a review if you found this episode enlightening! Music Credits:Opening and closing theme by The Toros. Production Credits:Produced by The Fearless PX, Edited by Marion Anderson. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and do not necessarily reflect any affiliated organizations’ official policy or position. ...
Signing Off for the Holidays: Feasible or Fantasy?
Nov 29 2023
Signing Off for the Holidays: Feasible or Fantasy?
Is it genuinely possible to step away in our always-on digital world? We explore how cultural differences impact our ability to switch off, discuss France's approach to legislating being email-free outside of work hours. But, there's more to it. We also delve into the idea that sometimes staying connected to work can be a coping mechanism, especially when faced with less-than-ideal family environments during the holidays. From legal frameworks to personal choices, this episode unpacks the complexities of finding work-life balance during festive times.Join us as we unravel the realities, challenges, and unexpected nuances of taking a real break from work during holidays. Tune in now for an insightful exploration of this modern workplace dilemma.#WorkLifeBalance #HolidaySeasonConnect with Us: Follow The Fearless PX on Linkedin at The Fearless PX Visit our website for more content and updates: https://www.thefearlesspx.com/ Reach out to Marion, Cacha, and Danny at elephant@thefearlessp.com You can find all episodes of The Elephant in the Org here.You can watch the full episodes on our YouTube Channel. We encourage you to subscribe and leave a review if you found this episode enlightening! Music Credits:Opening and closing theme by The Toros. Production Credits:Produced by The Fearless PX, Edited by Marion Anderson. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and do not necessarily reflect any affiliated organizations’ official policy or position. ...
Going to the Gynecologist for a Toothache... and Other HR Role Absurdities!
Nov 14 2023
Going to the Gynecologist for a Toothache... and Other HR Role Absurdities!
Welcome to the latest episode of the Elephant in the Org  where we dive into the often confusing world of HR roles and responsibilities. Have you ever felt like your job title just doesn't align with what you actually do? Well, you're not alone.In this episode, we explore the complexities and sometimes absurd expectations in HR positions. Why are companies struggling to find what they really need in HR? We discuss the pitfalls of the "jack of all trades, master of none" approach and how expertise in one area doesn't always translate to others. This conundrum often leads organizations down the tricky path of traditional versus non-traditional hiring, searching for that elusive perfect fit.But there's a light at the end of this confusing tunnel. We delve into the rise of fractional HR experts – a solution providing specialized support without the commitment of a full-time hire.Also, we talk about how the language we use to describe roles is changing. From 'HR Generalists' to 'People and Culture,' we’re witnessing a paradigm shift. How does this impact job descriptions, hiring, and the overall people experience? Connect with Us: Follow The Fearless PX on Linkedin at The Fearless PX Visit our website for more content and updates: https://www.thefearlesspx.com/ Reach out to Marion, Cacha, and Danny at elephant@thefearlessp.com You can find all episodes of The Elephant in the Org here.You can watch the full episodes on our YouTube Channel. We encourage you to subscribe and leave a review if you found this episode enlightening! Music Credits:Opening and closing theme by The Toros. Production Credits:Produced by The Fearless PX, Edited by Marion Anderson. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and do not necessarily reflect any affiliated organizations’ official policy or position. ...
The Moving Goalposts of Return To Office
Nov 8 2023
The Moving Goalposts of Return To Office
In this thought-provoking episode of EITO, we dive deep into the ever-evolving landscape of Return to Office (RTO) policies and their profound impact on psychological safety within organizations.As the world adjusts to a post-pandemic reality, RTO policies have become a moving target, with shifts in remote work expectations and in-person office requirements. Join us as we explore the challenges faced by employees and organizations alike when the goalposts of RTO policies are constantly changing.Marion, Cacha, and Danny share their insights on how these policy fluctuations influence employee well-being, job satisfaction, and overall workplace dynamics. We also discuss strategies for HR leaders and managers to foster a psychologically safe environment amidst these transitions, ensuring that employees feel valued, supported, and heard.Tune in to gain a deeper understanding of the delicate balance between workplace flexibility and the need for stability, and discover actionable tips to create a workplace culture that prioritizes psychological safety in an ever-shifting RTO landscape.Don't miss this insightful conversation that aims to empower organizations to navigate the challenges of the new normal while keeping the well-being of their employees at the forefront.Connect with Us: Follow The Fearless PX on Linkedin at The Fearless PX Visit our website for more content and updates: https://www.thefearlesspx.com/ Reach out to Marion, Cacha, and Danny at elephant@thefearlessp.com You can find all episodes of The Elephant in the Org here.You can watch the full episodes on our YouTube Channel. We encourage you to subscribe and leave a review if you found this episode enlightening! Music Credits:Opening and closing theme by The Toros. Production Credits:Produced by The Fearless PX, Edited by Marion Anderson. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and do not necessarily reflect any affiliated organizations’ official policy or position. ...