Humanize Your Workplace

Humanize Your Workplace

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We spend so many hours at work and maybe even more time with our coworkers and bosses than with our family and friends. We’re bound to have disagreements, experience miscommunication, have toxic coworkers, be thrown into change, or feel left out or underappreciated. Alissa Carpenter, along with other experts share “out of the box” strategies to move past those sticky situations. You’ll learn how to be a better colleague, employee, peer and overall human that not only provides value but brings value out in others.


Negotiate Anything
Oct 20 • 22 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Kwame Christian, M.A., Esq. Author and speaker Kwame Christian is the Director of the American Negotiation Institute and a respected voice in the field of negotiation and conflict…
The Importance of Workplace Policies
Oct 13 • 27 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Rebecca Southern Mills. Rebecca Southern Mills is passionate about helping leaders navigate the complex world of people management and cultivate high-trust workplace environments. She’s…
Utilizing Humanity in the Workplace
Oct 6 • 31 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Charisse Fontes. Charisse is the Founder of Culture Circle, where she creates healthy and inclusive workplace cultures. Her focus is Humanity in the Workplace, which is anchored by her…
Cognitive Diversity in the Workplace
Sep 29 • 19 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Andrea Carey. Andrea Carey is a Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional (CCIP), holds a Masters of Education in Leadership Studies and is a champion of inclusion. Andrea is Brene Brown…
Providing a space for work/life balance for your remote employees
Sep 22 • 18 min
Role modeling Work/life management —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/alissa-carpenter/message
Providing Instrumental and Emotional Support For Your Team
Sep 15 • 22 min
Current state of the workplace Instrumental support Emotional support —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/alissa-carpenter/message
How to Lead Your Team Through Changes at Work
Sep 8 • 33 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Sara Evans. Sara Evans serves as the Vice President of Human Resources & Organizational Development for Delaware county Community College (DCCC). Sara has over 20 years of diverse human…
Encouraging Employee Engagement
Sep 1 • 22 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Laurie Olague. With over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector as a volunteer, intern, director, and advisory board member, Laurie has built a reputation as the epitome of a…
How Stories Empower Others
Aug 4 • 27 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Katherine Plumhoff. Katherine Plumhoff is a writer and content strategist who believes in the power of a well-told story. She writes for outlets like Slate and Teen Vogue on topics like…
The Power of Telling Our Stories
Jul 28 • 39 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Dawn E. Christian. Dawn E. Christian is a Belonging Speaker +Thought Leader who is unapologetically committed to her leadership as an IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and…
Customer Service Leadership
Jul 21 • 25 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Meg King. As a leadership coach, consultant, trainer, and speaker, Meg works with a variety of clients across the country, from businesses and entrepreneurs to teams and individuals…
Professional Siestas
Jul 14 • 31 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Jasmin Forts. During the day, Jasmin Forts works as a HR leader and Working Mom Wellness advocate. She has sat in the HR space for over 15 years and uses her expertise and influence to…
Proactive Human Resources
Jul 7 • 28 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Theresa Hummel-Krallinger Theresa Hummel-Krallinger is a well-respected senior training professional and performance consultant, but it is her work as a humorist and motivational speaker…
A Guide to LGBT+ Inclusion
Jun 30 • 47 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Kryss Shane. Named by The New York Times and many national and international platforms as the go-to Leading LGBT Expert, Kryss Shane, MS, MSW, LSW, LMSW (she/her) has 25+ years of…
Fostering an Inclusive Work Environment
Jun 23 • 28 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Dr. Janice Gassam Janice Gassam, Ph.D. is the founder of BWG Business Solutions, LLC, a consultancy designed to help organizations create more inclusive environments. Janice facilitates…
Humanizing Your Leadership
Jun 16 • 27 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Louise H. Reid. Louise is a coach, leadership consultant, radio host, and loving partner and mum to 4 boys. Coaching professional women to achieve both career success and fulfillment in…
Creating Unforgettable Events
Jun 9 • 25 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Phil Mershon. Phil Mershon is the director of events for Social Media Examiner where he oversees the signature event, Social Media Marketing World. He also leads the team that produces…
The Importance of Being an Imperfect Ally
Jun 2 • 33 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Erica Courdae. Erica Courdae has dedicated her life to expanding how others interact with the world through powerful conversations. As an entrepreneur + certified coach her work is…
How to be an Ally in the Workplace
May 26 • 24 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Julie Kratz. Julie Kratz is a highly-acclaimed speaker and trainer who led teams and produced results in corporate America. After experiencing her own career “pivot point,” she developed…
Running a Successful Intern Program During Uncertain Times
May 19 • 24 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Jake Wax. Jake Wax is a Senior Insight Associate at Olson Zaltman, a market research company focused on exploring the unconscious through metaphor. His background is in marketing and…
Behind the Scenes of How to Listen and How to Be Heard
May 12 • 19 min
On this weeks episode we are chatting about and pulling back the curtain on How to Listen and How to Be Heard: Inclusive Conversations at Work. I share: how I chose to go with traditional publishing what resource I used to get picked up by an agent why…
Engaging Your Customers During the COVID-19 Pandemic
May 5 • 13 min
On this episode, I give updates on life in the COVID-19 pandemic, book launch updates, share ways to virtually engage customers and how to check in with your employees. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/alissa-carpenter/message
How to Work Together as a Virtual Team
Apr 28 • 18 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Emily Morgan. Emily Morgan is the Founder and CEO of Delegate Solutions, a premium Virtual Assistance Firm. She and her team at Delegate Solutions help entrepreneurial leaders stay…
How to Have Productive Meeting
Apr 21 • 23 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Rachel Milano-Davis. Employed with innovative non-profit organizations, Values Into Action PA & NJ since 2009, Rachel Milano-Davis currently acts as the Director of Culture & Talent,…
The Importance of Diversity in the Workplace
Apr 14 • 25 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Toby Egbuna. Toby Egbuna (Egboona) is a Co-Founder Dyversifi, a career reviews platform for diverse employees. He’s also a Management Consultant, diversity strategist, and blogger. You…
What Employees Need from Leaders During Uncertain Times
Apr 7 • 12 min
On this episode of Humanize Your Workplace, Alissa Carpenter is talking about COVID19 and its impact on the workplace. She is breaking down what employees are looking for in their leaders during these uncertain times. —- Send in a voice message:…
How to Make Diversity and Inclusion a Priority During Uncertain Times
Mar 31 • 12 min
On this weeks episode of Humanize Your Workplace, Alissa Carpenter is keeping it real and talking about COVID-19 and working from home while teaching her kids. She also provides five strategies to make diversity and inclusion a priority during uncertain…
Strategies for Virtual Workplaces
Mar 24 • 27 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Megan Prikhodko. Megan Prikhodko is the author of the poetry collection, Leap, and the editor of Making Fake Star Trek and I am a Professional Metalhead. Additionally, she is a product…
The Journey to Cloud Nine
Mar 17 • 18 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Jordan Gross. Jordan is a Northwestern and Kellogg School of Management graduate, a startup founder, a 2x TEDx speaker, and a #1 best-selling author. His upcoming book, The Journey to…
Creative Leadership in the Workplace
Mar 10 • 27 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Jeannette Fournier. Before joining Caring for Friends, as Executive Director, she provided strategic management advice to nonprofits to help increase their capacity while at Dunleavy &…
The Importance of Financial Literacy
Mar 3 • 32 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by John Lim. John Lim is an entrepreneur, TEDx speaker, and author. He has co-written two books ‘Making Fake Star Trek’ and ‘Making More Fake Star Trek,’ detailing his days as an actor and…
Understanding Gendered Communication
Feb 25 • 30 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Susan Freeman. Susan’s goal is to help women in business communicate effectively with the world — and to help men communicate effectively with women in business! Susan’s passion for…
How to Engage with Empathy in the Workplace
Feb 18 • 29 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Deirdre K. Breakenridge. Deirdre K. Breakenridge is CEO at Pure Performance Communications. As a 30-year veteran in PR, marketing, and branding, she has worked with senior leaders and…
How Your Passions Can Influence Your Career
Feb 11 • 27 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Angelo G. Spenillo. Angelo G. Spenillo is a husband, stepdad, metalhead, in-house attorney, and author of “I Am a Professional Metalhead.” Angelo grew up in New Jersey where he began a…
How To Be Successful While Working Remotely
Feb 4 • 22 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Teresa Douglas. She has worked remotely since 2010 in a variety of management-level roles. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College and an MBA from the University of North…
How to Empower Others and Give Them a Chance to Shine
Jan 28 • 26 min
On this episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Tiffany Tavarez serves as Vice President of Community Relations at Wells Fargo where she implements the company’s corporate responsibility priorities through strategic philanthropy, stakeholder…
How to Provide a Safe Space (Online and Offline) for Employees to Bring Their Whole Selves to Work
Jan 21 • 26 min
In this episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we chat with Kristy Wallace. She is the CEO of Ellevate Network and is responsible for executing Ellevate Network’s mission to close the gender achievement gap in business by providing professional women with a…
The Secret to Landing Top Clients in Any Industry
Jan 14 • 20 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Christie Lawler. She founded CJL CONSULTiNG in 2009 while completing her MBA as a way to stay engaged in her career while completing her studies. As Founder & Owner of CJL CONSULTiNG,…
What You Need to Know to Be a More Inclusive Bilingual Workforce
Jan 7 • 27 min
On this episode of Humanize Your Workplace we are joined by Dan Frutiger. Dan comes from the Mid-Western US while growing up in various places. Some of these places include Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Mexico. He has been in Southern California for many…
THE SECRET TO IMPROVING YOUR IMPROMPTU COMMUNICATION SKILLS ON THE JOB
Dec 17, 2019 • 24 min
On this episode of Humanize Your Workplace we are joined by Jen Brown. Jen is the Founder of The Engaging Educator (EE), a women-owned and operated company dedicated to helping people find their unapologetic, authentic and best voice, communication style…
How to Lead and Succeed in a Remote Workforce
Dec 10, 2019 • 26 min
On this episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Kate Athmer. She leads the growth team at a B2B data intelligence company. Kate’s responsible for educating prospects on the many ways Intent data can improve the ROI of marketing and sales…
How Infographics Can Humanize Your Organization
Dec 3, 2019 • 23 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Brian Wallace. Brian is the Founder and President of NowSourcing, an industry leading infographic design agency based in Louisville, KY and Cincinnati, OH which works with companies that…
HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY CASCADE GOALS THROUGH YOUR ORGANIZATION
Nov 19, 2019 • 22 min
On this episode of Humanize Your Workplace we are joined by Julie Gessin, PA-C. Julie is a licensed Physician Assistant and in the executive suite at Schweiger Dermatology Group where she serves as the Chief Operating Officer. She oversees 600 employees…
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BEST KEPT SECRET FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
Nov 12, 2019 • 24 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Sonya Smith. Sonya is the Associate State Director of Programs & Policy at Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers at Kutztown University. We chat about: free and reduced…
How and Why Leaders Should Have Conversations Around Well Being
Nov 5, 2019 • 19 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Caitlin Magidson. Caitlin is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), National Certified Counselor (NCC), and Certified Career Coach providing both counseling and career…
How to Be an Accessible Leader
Oct 29, 2019 • 11 min
On this episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we chat about ways to get face time with a senior leader and how to become an accessible leader. Employees want to know who they work for, what they believe in and how they’re going to move the company forward.…
Communication is the Key to Enhancing Company Culture
Oct 22, 2019 • 20 min
On this episode of Humanize Your Workplace we are joined by Brian Blackburn. Brian is the COO of Score Shuttle. We chatted about: inventive ways to communicate with your employees strategies to welcome new team members to the organization how to push your…
Creating a Culture Where Your Employees Are Your Biggest Fans
Oct 15, 2019 • 18 min
In this episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Janine Zangrilli. She is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Republic Bank. We chatted about: small tweaks to make to enhance the culture of an organization ice breaker to kick off a…
Why Everyone Should Network Both In and Outside Their Organizations
Oct 8, 2019 • 22 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Raquel Arredondo. She is the Associate Director of Outreach, Engagement & Professional Development at Lebow College of Business. We chat about: the importance of networking (especially in…
How to Create Professional Development Programs Your Employees Actually Want to Attend
Oct 1, 2019 • 16 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Lynn Buschman, Learning and Development Manager at Almo. We chat about: Bridging silos to create effective company-wide trainings How to create “aha” moments for employees across…
What You Need to Know About Employee Resource and Affinity Groups
Sep 24, 2019 • 25 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Tesha L. Nesbit Arrington. She is the Director, Diversity & Inclusion and Community Outreach at Erie Insurance Group and the Principal at Phoenix Rising Coaching, LLC. We chatted about:…
How to Incorporate Your Organization’s Vision and Values into the Hiring and Performance Management Process
Sep 16, 2019 • 19 min
On this episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Joan Burns. She is the executive vice president of Human Resources, Marketing and Communications, and chief diversity officer at IDB Bank (IDB). We chatted about: the importance of sponsorship…
Embracing Your Mess as a Leader
Sep 9, 2019 • 20 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we’re joined Scott Miller. Scott is a 23-year associate of FranklinCovey and serves as the executive vice president of thought leadership. His new book, Management Mess to Leadership Success: 30…
Humanizing Through Social Impact
Sep 3, 2019 • 9 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we chat about the power of social impact and how giving back to the community can help build relationships with peers and managers. We also talk about some easy strategies to implement and some that can…
Why It’s Important to Be Intentional About Diversity and Inclusion
Aug 28, 2019 • 25 min
On this episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Joanne Lockwood. Jo is the founder and CEO of SEE Change Happen, an Equality Diversity & Inclusion Practice specializing in providing Transgender Awareness and support to organisations and…
How to Build Authentic Relationships That Increase Charitable Giving
Aug 26, 2019 • 21 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Brady Smith Director of Development for NW Works. We chat all about: transactional to transformational relationships seeing people for more than their title treat people like you want to…
How to Lead With Your Heart and Your Head
Aug 20, 2019 • 20 min
On this episode of Humanize Your Workplace, I had the pleasure of speaking with Rani Mani. Rani Mani is the Head of Global Employee Advocacy at Adobe. She’s passionate about cultivating and nurturing communities and coaching others to do the same. We…
How to Bring Hospitality to the Tech Industry
Aug 13, 2019 • 18 min
On this episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Dylan Serota. He is the co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Terminal, a startup that helps build remote technical teams and offices for high growth companies. We chat about: The benefits of…
How to Spot and Empower Up and Coming Leaders
Aug 5, 2019 • 16 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Shanna Hocking. Shanna is the Founder of Be Yourself Boldy. We chat about: Why it’s important to create an “Atta girl” folder How to spot up and coming leaders How to align professional…
Why Managers Should Care About Student Loans (even if they don’t have them)
Jul 30, 2019 • 19 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we’re joined David Carlson. David is the Founder of Young Adult Money and the Author of Student Loan Solutions. We chat about: why it’s important for organizations to take a more active role in student…
Leadership Qualities Needed for the Future of Work
Jul 25, 2019 • 17 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Darren Raycroft. He is a Partner at The Bedford Consulting Group/TRANSEARCH with a focus on executive leaderships. We talk about: the qualities and skills needed to stay relevant as a…
The Missing Piece in Technology Training
Jul 23, 2019 • 13 min
In this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we take a deep dive into the trainings offered when we bring in new technology. When our company’s provide trainings, they often share how to use it but not when and why. We chat about what can be…
How to Empower Others By Identifying Their Strengths
Jul 18, 2019 • 19 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by former Eagles player and current CEO of Jersey Man, Ken Dunek. We chat all about: how one conversation changed the direction of Dunek’s professional life what it’s like to work with your…
How to Embrace and Learn From Feedback as a Senior Leader
Jul 15, 2019 • 18 min
On this episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Terry Rowinski. Terry is the CEO and President of Health Payment systems. We chat about: Embracing and learning from feedback Employee and vendor recognition programs Creating core values How to…
Tricks to Enhance Creativity on Your Team
Jul 9, 2019 • 12 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we chat all about team creativity. One of the biggest concerns of some of my clients is their teams ability to think on the spot and come up with new ideas. I share examples of how we were able to push…
How to Efficiently Onboard Your Employees on Day One
Jul 2, 2019 • 15 min
The first day on the job is so important and can determine whether or not someone will stay within an organization. On today’s episode we chat with Drew Albert, Manager of Culture and Development at Merakey about their new Day One programming. Their…
How to Connect with Your Virtual Colleagues
Jun 24, 2019 • 23 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we’re lucky to be joined again by Ryan Foland. This time we chat about making eye contact with the camera, sharing virtual stories, and how to be an active listener. Video is something that is becoming…
Increasing Impact by Being More Human
Jun 18, 2019 • 21 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we’re joined by Ryan Foland, Author of Ditch the Act. We chat about how to increase impact by being more human. Ryan covers: how to build a personal brand why companies should support building personal…
Why Mind Reading Doesn’t Cut it at Work
Jun 11, 2019 • 7 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace we chat about the importance of speaking up at work. As much as we might believe people understand what we’re thinking, it’s not always the case. We need to make an active effort to verbalize out opinions,…
The Universal Way to Start a Conversation
Jun 3, 2019 • 14 min
Getting to know our managers, colleagues and employees can be beneficial not only to our careers but the organization as a whole. But how can we do it? In this episode, we’re going to chat about the universal way to start a conversation. HINT: you may…
What Hiking Can Teach Us About Building Authentic Relationships
May 28, 2019 • 8 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we chat about how hiking and staying in Arizona gave me a fresh perspective on building authentic workplace relationships. Learning “simple” tricks from hospitality professionals and strangers when hit…
Is Ghosting All That Bad?
May 21, 2019 • 12 min
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we talk about ghosting. We break down what it is, why people are doing it, and why it can damage your career. We also talk about the difference between ghosting and forgetting. And how to follow up with…
Humanizing the Interview Process
May 8, 2019 • 15 min
One of the essential parts of the workplace we forget to humanize is when we bring new people in. In this episode, we talk about why it’s important to create a memorable experience during the interview and application process and how this can lead to more…
How Expressing our Emotions at Work Can Lead to Stronger Results
May 8, 2019 • 10 min
We all express our emotions differently. Some people yell at their coworkers, other skip work, and some just hide in the background. This week we’ll talk about how my 9yo’s expression of anxiety over taking a standardized test relates to how we…
Welcome to Humanize Your Workplace
May 6, 2019 • 0 min
Welcome to Humanize Your Workplace. A new podcast with Alissa Carpenter. Each week we’ll uncover ways to become more self aware, build better work relationships and take your career to the next level. Today we’ll talk about moving past “Treat others the…