In our recent Podcast episode, we had a captivating conversation with Megan Farrell, a seasoned HR leader with over 20 years of experience in diverse industries, including financial services, technology, transportation, and more. Megan is currently Chief People Officer at GROW Inc, a technology company transforming the superannuation funds administration industry. She has previously held leadership roles at notable brands like The Coca-Cola Company, Woolworths Group, RailCorp and Aware Super.

Megan’s journey from starting her career in the travel industry to later becoming a Chief People Officer is a testament to her adaptability and passion for HR. In our interview, she shares insights into the ever-evolving world of HR and provides valuable advice for businesses navigating today’s challenges.

Here are some key takeaways from our conversation:

1️⃣ Hybrid Work Models: Megan emphasizes that the future of work is flexible. Businesses need to tailor their hybrid work models to be role-appropriate and consider the needs and preferences of their employees. Coming to the office should be purpose-driven, focusing on engagement and productivity.

2️⃣ Investing in Leadership: Megan highlights the critical role of leaders in delivering an exceptional employee experience. Investing in leadership development is key to navigating the complexities of the post-COVID world, particularly in managing remote and hybrid teams effectively.

3️⃣ Connectedness and Purpose: In today’s landscape, purpose and connectedness are paramount. Leaders must communicate the company’s strategy effectively, aligning everyone from top executives to entry-level employees toward common goals.

4️⃣ Organizational Design: Megan stresses the importance of aligning organizational design with the company’s strategy. This includes identifying required skills, capabilities, and talent management strategies to support business objectives.

5️⃣ Remuneration Data: In an environment with rising interest rates and cost-of-living concerns, keeping remuneration data current and competitive is crucial. Megan advises staying informed about market conditions to make informed decisions.

Megan’s insights offer valuable guidance for business owners and HR professionals navigating the ever-changing HR landscape. Whether you’re adapting to hybrid work models, investing in leadership development, or aligning your organization with your strategic goals, there are practical steps you can take to ensure a successful journey.

For the full podcast episode and additional resources, visit https://peoplerelations.com.au/podcast/

🎥 Watch the Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCBStm0xWIw

🎧 Listen to the Podcast: https://peoplerelations.com.au/podcast/

Apr 4, 2024

Episode 12 – Creating Impact for Business Growth, with Rachel Woodhatch

In this episode, we were honored to welcome Rachel Woodhatch as our guest, a distinguished HR leader with an amazing career spanning prestigious companies such as Microsoft, Nissan Motor Co Australia, Fitness First, Essity, and Leonardo.

In our conversation, Rachel shares her exciting career until the date, together with strategies and tactics that truly make a difference in driving organizational growth through effective HR practices.