The OpenBlend Podcast

The OpenBlend Podcast is on a mission to bring people centred performance management to life. Hearing real human stories, you will discover how groundbreaking businesses have been prioritising the wellbeing, engagement and performance of their people amid Covid-19 and beyond. Covering topics such as social purpose, work-life balance, mental health, equity, equality and diversity – our guests each re-define what company culture means to them and explore HR trends, challenges and learnings since lockdown, such as remote people management, the impact of isolation, furlough as well as reimagining the office and work-life balance in the ‘new normal’.

Listen to the full episodes of The OpenBlend Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts.

Episode 1 of The OpenBlend Podcast
Episode 1 of The OpenBlend Podcast

How to find a new rhythm for people managers with David Blackburn, CPO, Financial Service Compensation Scheme

In episode 1 of The OpenBlend Podcast, OpenBlend CEO & Founder, Anna Rassmussen talks to David Blackburn about managing remote teams; the importance of social purpose and how the FSCS team have found a new rhythm for performance management in response to the pandemic.

Episode 2 of The OpenBlend Podcast
Episode 2 of The OpenBlend Podcast

What it takes to create a powerful company culture at a distance with Dave Parry, CPO, Gymshark

Dave Parry is Chief People Officer at Gymshark where he is responsible for all things people – from employer brand and recruitment, employee engagement and people performance to health and wellbeing. In episode 2 of The OpenBlend Podcast, Dave explains how Gymshark has driven forward employee relationships, people performance and company culture and found a better normal against the challenges of Covid-19.

Episode 3 of The OpenBlend Podcast
Episode 3 of The OpenBlend Podcast

Fighting for equity in the workplace with Sereena Abbassi, Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Consultant

Sereena Abbassi is an Independent Equity Inclusion and Diversity Consultant and Speaker and has a wealth of experience implementing organisational transformation within the workplace. In episode 3 of The OpenBlend Podcast, Anna and Sereena discuss how Sereena got into diversity, the difference between equity and equality and why it's so important to see the world through other's perspective.

Episode 4 of The OpenBlend Podcast

Delving into diversity, inclusion, and maintaining a close-knit company culture with Sarah Mason, CPO, Foxtons

In episode 4 of The OpenBlend Podcast, Chief People Officer, Sarah Mason FCIPD discusses the importance of diversity and inclusion at Foxtons and how they've been using digital and performance management platforms to keep their D&I communities and hybrid teams connected and maintain their close-knit company culture over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic.