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Join MRA’s 30-minute THRIVE podcast, your ultimate source for the latest HR trends and best practices. Hear from industry experts and thought leaders as they share insights and expertise on HR services, learning and development, talent management, and total rewards.

Get actionable and practical advice to help HR professionals stay up-to-date with the latest HR trends including: innovative L&D strategies, recruitment and retention, and the latest trends in compensation and benefits.

Whether you’re an experienced HR professional or just starting out in your career, the podcast offers something for everyone in the HR field. Subscribe to MRA’s 30 minute THRIVE podcast today and join a community committed to helping HR professionals THRIVE!

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Recruiting Trends to Look for in 2024 | Interviewee: Katie Kestly | 11/29/23

It's time to explore the latest trends shaping the hiring landscape in 2024, and we're sitting down with MRA Recruiting Business Partner Lead, Katie Kestly, to do just that! With more than ten years working in recruiting, Katie has seen a number of recruiting trends come and go. Join us as we discuss the innovative strategies and technologies that are redefining the way organizations attract, assess, and retain top talent in the rapidly evolving job market of 2024.

Future Trends: What’s Next for HR Technology | Interviewee: Tricia Shields, Vice President, HR – Naviant, Inc. | 11/22/23

Explore the intersection of HR and cutting-edge technology in this week’s episode of 30 minute THRIVE. Join us as our expert guest, Tricia Shields, VP of HR at MRA member company Naviant, Inc., delves into how AI and technology are transforming HR practices, addressing challenges, and shaping the future of work. Tricia shares valuable insights, examples, and tips for HR professionals navigating this exciting landscape.

MRA’s November Talent Report with Jim Morgan | Interviewee: Jim Morgan | 11/15/23

Tune in to our latest podcast episode on MRA's November Talent Report for the latest insights and trends in the world of talent. From innovative recruitment strategies to emerging skills in high demand, join us as we explore what's new in the month of November and gain valuable insights to stay ahead in the competitive job market!

Generation Alpha: Educating Tomorrow’s Leaders | Interviewee: Amanda Mosteller | 11/8/23

Never before have there been five generations in the workforce. Each generation has its own quirks, styles, likes, dislikes, and ways to work, communicate, and even learn! In this podcast episode, we are going to focus on the newest generation joining us in the workplace—Generation Alpha!

How HR Helps Managers Manage | Interviewee: DQ Spencer | 11/1/23

In this episode, we delve into the crucial role of HR in empowering managers to excel in their leadership roles. We explore the various facets of HR support, from department alignment to performance management and employee development, providing listeners with actionable insights and practical steps to enhance their management skills and foster a thriving, engaged workforce.

MRA’s October Talent Report with Jim Morgan | Interviewee: Jim Morgan | 10/18/23

Tune in to our latest podcast episode on MRA's October Talent Report! Discover the insights you need to stay ahead in the dynamic world of business, with a special focus this month on "Building the Generational Bridge." Don't miss out on the latest trends and best practices that will elevate your talent management game!

Inbox Intelligence: Choosing Email for Effective Business | Interviewee: Andy Marris | 10/11/23

Unlock the art of strategic business communication in our latest episode, 'Inbox Intelligence.' Dive into the world of email correspondence and discover when and why it's your most powerful tool. Explore effective practices, enhance your professional connections, and master the finesse of choosing email for impactful business interactions.

Engage Your Team With Employee-designed Learning: Part 2 | Interviewee: Amanda Mosteller | 10/4/23

In part 2 of this episode, we delve even deeper into the transformative world of employee-driven learning journeys. Join us as we address the crucial challenges organizations may encounter when implementing this approach and reveal expert insights on overcoming them.

Insights from MRA’s 2023 Compensation Trends Event | Interviewees: Mackenzie Button and Melissa Wymer | 9/27/23

Our podcast listeners are getting a special look at the 2023 Compensation Trends Survey data, as well as the opportunity to hear from MRA's experts and their takeaways from the webinar and questions that were asked.

MRA’s September Talent Report with Jim Morgan | Interviewee: Jim Morgan | 9/20/23

Tune in now to the latest episode of the September Talent Report Podcast! Stay in the know about all things business, with a spotlight on talent trends and best practices. This month, we're diving deep into the world of compensation and total rewards - essential insights you won't want to miss!

Engage Your Team With an Employee-designed Learning Experience | Interviewee: Amanda Mosteller | 9/13/23

Discover how organizations are empowering their workforce to take the reins of their own development, creating tailored and impactful learning journeys. Hear real-life examples, inspiring stories, and actionable strategies that will transform the way you approach professional growth and training within your organization.

Celebrating 1 Year of 30 minute THRIVE | 9/6/23

Join us in celebrating a major milestone – our podcast's 1-year anniversary! If you're tuning in to this episode, we invite you to head over to our YouTube channel or visit our website to watch the blooper reel.

Inclusive Cultures, Diverse Voices: Nurturing Belonging at Work | Interviewees: Denise Jamison and Cheryl Lucas-DeBerry | 8/30/23

Explore the importance of belonging in the DEI movement in this 30 minute THRIVE podcast episode. Discover how it empowers individuals, amplifies voices, and enhances well-being in our diverse world. Perfect for anyone seeking insights into creating a more inclusive and equitable society.

Executive Insights: August Talent Report | Interviewee: Jim Morgan | 8/23/23

In this episode, we’ll explore the August edition of MRA's monthly Talent Report: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Uncover C-Suite priorities, top creative HR strategies, and more!

Social Media as a Recruiting Tool | Interviewee: Kathy Seidel | 8/16/23

Explore the role of social media in modern recruitment on this episode of 30-minute THRIVE. Discover how leading companies harness LinkedIn, X, Facebook, Instagram and more to attract top talent. Learn about effective job postings, employer branding, and hear from an experienced recruiter about current trends and best practices. Whether you're a hiring manager, recruiter, in HR, or job seeker, tune in to elevate your recruitment strategy and find the best talent for success.

From Chaos to Clarity: Navigating Effective Meetings | Interviewee: Andy Marris | 8/10/23

Transform meetings from time-wasters to productivity powerhouses with expert insights from Andy Marris, thought leader and Learning & Development Trainer at MRA - The Management Association. Discover actionable tips for meaningful outcomes and progress. Perfect for team leaders, project managers, and professionals seeking to optimize their valuable time.

Building Bridges: The Power of Internal Networking | Interviewee: Amanda Mosteller | 8/2/23

This episode dives deep into the world of internal networking groups. Industry expert, Amanda Mosteller, uncovers the power and impact of these groups within organizations. Explore success stories, best practices, and strategies for building effective networks.

MRA’s July Talent Report | Interviewee: Jim Morgan | 7/26/23

In this episode, we’ll explore the July edition of MRA's monthly Talent Report: Trends From MRA's 1,000 Roundtable Members. We’ll hear from Jim Morgan, Vice President of Workforce Strategies, on best practices regarding employee engagement, uncover C-Suite priorities and top creative HR strategies, learn roundtable trending topics, and more!

Thrive in Tough Times: Recession Ready Tactics | Interviewees: Susan Abler & Amy Whittenberger | 7/19/23

We'll cover everything from smart capacity strategies and finding or nurturing talent to retaining employees, keeping them motivated, and ensuring their overall well-being. And hey, we'll even dive into the tough questions about potential workforce reductions if things get real.

Principles of Leadership Excellence: PLUS So Much More! | Guests: MRA's Premier PLX Instructors | 7/12/23

Hosted by MRA's premier PLX instructors, this podcast takes you on a journey through the exciting features and enhancements of the newly updated PLX PLUS program. From essential knowledge and skills for effective people leadership to innovative learning experiences before, during, and after the classroom, we leave no stone unturned.

Transitioning From Operational to Strategic HR | Guests: Katie Coulson (Kwest Group) & Rebecca Jacobs | 7/5/23

Join us in this thought-provoking episode as we delve into the world of HR and explore the transformative journey from an operational HR role to a strategic HR function. Discover the pivotal shift from transactional tasks to forward-thinking initiatives that drive organizational success.

The Engagement Equation: Finding the Right Balance (Part 2) | Interviewee: Kristie Haase | 6/28/23

In this highly anticipated second segment, we delve deeper into employee engagement and explore practical tools managers and employees can utilize to solve the engagement equation. Join us as we sit down with Kristie Haase, an esteemed expert in Employee Engagement, as she returns to share invaluable insights and strategies for fostering engagement in the workplace.

Executive Insights: June Talent Report | Interviewee: Jim Morgan | 6/21/23

In this episode, we’ll explore the June edition of MRA's monthly Talent Report: Employee Engagement and Assessments. We’ll hear from Jim Morgan, Vice President of Workforce Strategies, on best practices regarding emerging leaders, uncover C-Suite priorities and top creative HR strategies, learn how to improve employee retention, and more!

Improving Employee Relations From the Inside Out | Interviewee: Amy Whittenberger | 6/14/23

Hear from an HR expert Advisor on how to foster better relationships between employees and management, and ultimately create a more positive and productive workplace. We’ll look at how to handle common challenges, communication breakdowns, and performance issues. We'll explore effective techniques for building trust, boosting morale, and creating a culture of respect and collaboration.

Emerging Leaders are Making an Impact | Interviewee: Courtney Lamers | 6/7/23

This week, we shine a spotlight on the up-and-coming innovators who are reshaping industries, communities, and society as a whole. Listeners will gain insight into the challenges and opportunities faced by emerging leaders, and learn what organizations can do to leverage their skills, passions, and values to create a positive impact. We will share results from a recent MRA Hot Topic Survey on emerging leaders and you will be able to use that data to identify the emerging leaders in your organization.

Work Hard, Play Hard! Balancing Fun and Productivity in the Summer | Interviewee: Samantha Siebenaller | 5/31/23

Summer is the time of year when many people want to kick back, relax, and enjoy the warm weather. However, with work and other responsibilities still demanding attention, finding the balance between having fun and being productive can be challenging. In this episode, we explore strategies for achieving that balance and discuss the benefits of taking time off to recharge. Our guest Samantha Siebenaller shares her personal experiences and offers practical tips for managing work and play during the summer months.

Talent Report: Emerging Leaders, Planning for Your Organizational Future | Interviewee: Jim Morgan | 5/24/23

In this episode, we’ll explore the May edition of MRA's monthly Talent Report: Emerging Leaders, Planning for Your Organizational Future! We’ll hear from Jim Morgan, Vice President of Workforce Strategies, on best practices regarding emerging leaders, uncover C-Suite priorities and top creative HR strategies, learn how to improve employee retention, and more!

2023 HR Conference Highlights | Guests: Paula Davis (Stress & Resilience Institute), Jamie Jackson (Humorous Resources), Josh Miller (Project50), Tricia Shields (Naviant,Inc.), and Shawn Gulyas (humanworks8). | 5/17/23

There has never been a more crucial time to focus your efforts on elevating the work experience of your employees. MRA's 2023 HR Conference Highlights episode will provide you with tangible ways to help you raise the bar throughout the entire employee life cycle, from recruitment to retention, while building and solidifying employee loyalty along the way. And it’s not just about the employees, but it’s also time to elevate you—the HR professional!

Surviving the 9 to 5: Managing Work-Related Stress and Burnout | Interviewee: Michelle Hyde | 5/10/23

Many employees face work-related stress and burnout in today's fast-paced and demanding work environment. In this podcast, we delve into the challenges of the modern workday and explore practical strategies for managing stress, avoiding burnout, and achieving work-life balance. We discuss common stressors in the workplace, such as heavy workloads, long hours, deadlines, and high expectations, and offer insights on how to cope with them effectively. We also share expert tips on time management, setting boundaries, practicing self-care, and building resilience to thrive in the 9 to 5 grind.

Breaking the Stigma: Normalizing Mental Health Conversations | Interviewee: Cheryl Lucas-DeBerry | 5/3/23

In this episode, we explore how to break down the stigma surrounding mental health conversations in the workplace. Mental health is a critical aspect of overall well-being, but the topic can still be challenging to discuss. This episode provides actionable strategies for managers and employees to encourage open and honest conversations about mental health.

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