Building Culture

Building Culture

The Building Culture Podcast discusses all things HR/people and culture in its simplest form. Join host and PERKS Content Manager, Evelyn Kwong, for conversations with special guests across the industry.

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March 15, 2021 19 min

Thank you for joining us for the Building Culture Podcast! Your host and Content Manager at PERKS, Evelyn Kwong, interviews Eileen Lee, who is the VP of People & Culture at PERKS. Together, they discuss Eileen's perception of company culture and how it has been implemented at PERKS from day one. Also covered is the importance of company culture in general, especially during this shift toward remote work. 

11/1/21 update: Vi...

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In this episode, Evelyn and Eileen consider what organizations can do in response to the unfortunate events that have taken place recently regarding Asian hate crimes. We also discuss how to support individuals and team members in hard times.

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In Episode 2, Evelyn sits down with Dom and Jordan, CEO and COO, to talk about how PERKS came to life. Our executives also discuss the gaps in company culture due to the transition to remote work, as well as how leaders can support company culture by implementing the PERKS marketplace.
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April 7, 2021 19 min

Evelyn and Eileen chat with Brody Earl, Client Success & Platform Manager, about his personal experience with company culture and how that coincides with the PERKS marketplace. We also discuss what culture means to employees who aren't in the HR department and don't necessarily understand HR lingo. 

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April 14, 2021 18 min

How can tech change the way HR is done? And what role does the feel of a website play in people's experience of a platform? In episode 4, Evelyn talks with Garrett and Kez from the PERKS tech team about adaptation and communication - for remote work and beyond.

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April 21, 2021 16 min

Elise, Ethan, and Tommy are the powerhouse interns at PERKS, and Evelyn and Eileen grill them on their experience working in a startup. What is important to look for in an internship in terms of environment - and how can startups create that kind of workplace? Tune in to get the intern perspective on company culture!

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In light of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, Eileen and Evelyn have a conversation about the stigma around discussing mental health in the workplace. They also share their personal experiences and perspectives from an employee or manager standpoint. Happy Mental Health Awareness Month!
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Will Xue from Deel joins Evelyn in a conversation regarding the flexibility of global recruitment in today's remote and hybrid work environment. Also covered is how Deel can help companies hiring internationally with maintaining a positive work culture.
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Megan Dilley, Senior Consultant and Communications Director at Distribute, joins Evelyn on this episode to talk about making remote and hybrid work sustainable in the long run. What guidelines should companies create and what is some advice for leaders who want to take their teams hybrid?   
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In this episode, Eileen and Evelyn discuss with Robin Clayton, a professional with over 25 years of healthcare talent acquisition experience, about the benefits of student internship programs for both organizations and interns. Robin and Eileen address tips for students interviewing for intern positions, as well as how these internships can lead to potential talent in the company's pipeline.
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June 23, 2021 25 min

Join Evelyn and Eileen as they discuss the shift in remote work in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. What are the biggest challenges to staying remote and what are the solutions? And how is the PERKS team moving forward?

Resources:

Ebook: A Simple Guide to Building Company Culture (Remote Work Edition) 

Book: Working from Home: Making the New Normal Work for You by Karen Mangia

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Dr. Paul White, PhD is the bestselling author of The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace and president of Appreciation at Work. He and Evelyn discuss what compelled him to write The Vibrant Workplace, as well as how to manage different working and communication styles, what a toxic workplace looks like, and keeping employees engaged in remote and hybrid offices. Please tune in for parts 1 and 2!
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Dr. Paul White, PhD is the bestselling author of The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace and president of Appreciation at Work. He and Evelyn discuss what compelled him to write The Vibrant Workplace, as well as how to manage different working and communication styles, what a toxic workplace looks like, and keeping employees engaged in remote and hybrid offices. Please tune in for parts 1 and 2!
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Why is there a difference between the way managers view company culture vs. how employees perceive it? In this episode, Eileen, VP of People & Culture at PERKS, and Evelyn talk about why this disconnect exists, the importance of communication, and possible solutions through implementing a people support system.
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To launch our new podcast season on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB), Building Culture invited Cornell Verdeja-Woodson, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Headspace, to the show to establish the fundamentals of unconscious bias - and what to do about it. Also discussed are systemic barriers that prevent success in DEI initiatives, the impact of microaggressions or identity-related aggressions, and DEI...

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What is the role of accountability in DEI initiatives? Tom Willis, CEO and co-founder of Phoenix Partners and host of the Culture Eats Everything podcast, and Evelyn talk about how transparency is critical to having good accountability in the workplace, leading by example, and why listening matters. Learn more about Phoenix Performance Partners at phoenixperform.com

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  • Accountability is key to enabling diversity and inclu...
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    Belonging is top of mind for organizations everywhere. We invite Mercedes Ballard and Kristin Bonds, co-founders of Heristic, to this episode of Building Culture to share how to define belonging, practice it at work, and distinguish how it’s different from inclusion.

    Resources:

  • Deloitte: “Belonging: From comfort to connection to contribution”
  • HBR: “What Does It Take to Build a Culture of Belonging?”
  • Culture Amp, "6 Ways to Fos...
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    Shawn Matossian, Senior Lead of Talent Acquisition at Dine Brands Global and Ph.D. candidate speaks with Building Culture about recruiting with belonging in mind and how to actually measure the success of DEI initiatives in hiring. We also cover what we can do to avoid discrimination during the screening process, and what good representation should look like in an organization.

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    What does it mean to have psychological safety in the workplace? Building Culture discusses with Anu Mandapati, VP and Head of DEI at Talking Talent North America. A culture of trust is essential for teams, especially in a remote or hybrid setting, and enhances the people experience when done well.

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    What does compensation have to do with DEI? For this episode, Eileen and Evelyn sit down with Heather, a compensation professional, to ask all the hard questions - how to address pay discrepancies, important data to look at, and what equity looks like in compensation.

    Resources:

  • HR Dive, "Link compensation to DEI goals to hold execs accountable, Mercer says"
  • Mercer, "Using compensation to drive action on diversity, equit...
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