POPS!
The People Ops Podcast

Work just changed. 79.8% of small business leaders say the pandemic has permanently changed the way their people and their companies work. The POPS! Podcast shares fresh thinking, examples and answers to build your people and your business in the new world of work.

Episodes

and the POPS Stars behind them

Q&A: What’s the advantage of People Ops vs. HR?

Kevin Marasco, CMO at Zenefits
Jan 14, 2021
People Operations not only a fast-growing career option, it is a change in philosophy, practice and results that is good for business. And it's great for small business, which is nimbler and better able to adopt and advance it than bigger business. Just like Finance, Sales and Marketing functions have all been operationalized for the...

Q&A: Benefits that no longer fit your workforce

Riia O'Donnell, People Operations Writer and Editor
Sep 23, 2021
Work—and the workforce—is changing faster than ever before. Are your company’s benefits programs keeping up? On this episode of POPS!, Workest.com contributor Riia O’Donnell breaks down the types of benefits people want—and don’t want—from their employers. You’ll hear how to determine what stays and what goes, and tips on asking employees for their feedback about...

Q&A: How can employers reduce risk when terminating an employee?

Lora Patterson, HR Advisor at Zenefits
Sep 21, 2021
When it comes to employee terminations, there is always a risk of things going sideways. In this episode of POPS!, Zenefits HR advisor Lora Patterson explains how to reduce risk with clear company policies, regular performance discussions, and manager enablement. After you listen: Order your copy of our book People Operations: Zenefits.com/pops-book Follow the podcast ...

Zero to Sixty–Automate your HR in sixty days

Tom Houghton, Vice President at Bearded Builders
Sep 15, 2021
When Tom Houghton joined Bearded Builders, their HR practices were just a single, underused filing cabinet. In this episode of PIVOT, he shares how they transformed their entire HR process in sixty days and the lessons he learned along the way.

Q&A: Questions you can ask about vaccination status

Lora Patterson, HR Advisor at Zenefits
Sep 9, 2021
With the COVID-19 Delta variant still running rampant, many employers want to know whether or not employees are vaccinated. But what can and can’t you ask about an employee’s vaccination status? In this episode of POPS!, Zenefits HR advisor Lora Patterson shares the answer and the risks you need to know before asking. After you...

PREVIEW: By the numbers: People Ops Advantage

Kevin Marasco, CMO at Zenefits
Sep 7, 2021
The people ops approach is a win-win-win: a win for your business, your people, and your people team. On this episode of PREVIEW, Zenefits Chief Marketing Officer Kevin Marasco explains why, and shares the benefits you can expect when moving from traditional HR to people operations. After you listen: Order your copy of our book...

About The People Ops Podcast

Every week, we share the decisions, struggles, and successes for keeping up with an evolving workforce and a changing workplace. No matter if you’ve been in HR or are just getting started, this combination of transformational stories with actionable ideas, as well as context on hot issues, keeps you up-to-date while answering the questions you didn’t even know you had.

Oh, and you know what they say about all work and no play? We tossed in a little levity to keep it real. Lessons, answers, and humor: everywhere you listen to podcasts.

POPS Podcast Hosts

Best-in-class remote teams will use best-in-class technology.

Zenefits mobile HR platform makes it easier to communicate with staff, onboarding new hires, pay employees, and manage any HR task from any home office.