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People, Profits, and Pressure

Are you an HR executive grappling with the challenges of market shifts and economic changes? Then you don't want to miss this episode of The Receptionist podcast, where host Michael Ashford speaks with Andrew Bartlo, a seasoned HR professional with over 25 years of experience at organizations across a broad spectrum of sizes, maturity stages, and industries. They delve into the challenges that high-growth companies face during market shifts, and Andrew provides insightful examples of culture, employee, and management challenges.

One key takeaway from their conversation is the importance of owning and naming changes within an organization, rather than clinging to past strategies that may no longer work. They also discuss how communication and transparency with employees during tough times are essential to ensuring the company's growth and employees' continued success.

In this episode Andrew and Michael also explore the role of business leaders in protecting jobs and serving shareholders. While they have different perspectives on the primary goal of business leaders, they both agree that drawing a more direct link between employee programs & initiatives and tangible organizational outcomes (sales, profits, customer retention, etc.) would benefit everyone.

Andrew wraps up the podcast by offering advice about how managers in high-growth companies can transition from being "in the weeds" to taking on more strategic roles. He emphasizes the need for prioritizing and aligning the team while also warning against blindly applying tried-and-true practices without considering their relevance to the organization.

Overall, this episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in HR, business strategy, or organizational culture. Tune in to learn from Andrew's vast experience and insights, and gain a deeper understanding of how businesses can thrive in today's dynamic market.

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