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"A Walk on the Wild Side" Podcast

"A Walk on the Wild Side" Podcast

Managing employee relations in global and millennial times... 10 minutes at a time 

Alan Wild, author and narrator of HR Policy Association's "A Walk on the Wild Side" podcast, is a leading expert and practitioner in global employee relations. Over a long career, Alan has led global employee relations for Guinness, IBM, and Amazon; he was a member of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization and later its CHRO; and has conducted consulting assignments in more than 100 countries and for many of HRPA's nearly 400 CHRO members.

The "Wild Side" podcast was first released in 2020 and became an immediate success with more than 6,000 regular listeners in 60 countries. After a three-year pause and having hung up his cleats with Amazon, Alan is re-launching this new and updated version of the podcast to cover the large and complex landscape of modern employee relations.

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JAN 8, 2024

S02E04 - The Anatomy of a Corporate Campaign

What's a corporate campaign, how they are organized, and how do you identify a company's vulnerabilities? National corporate campaigns began in 1899. Today, global campaigns go viral with the help of social media. Tools of the trade are not strikes or workplace labour sanctions but actions that damage a company’s reputation in the eyes of customers, legislators, politicians, shareholders, and the public. Notable real-world examples are “Killer Coke”, “Rotten Apple”, “The Real Toy Story”, “Just Stop It”, and “Make Amazon Pay”.



JAN 8, 2024

S02E03 - The International Framework for Employee Relations: What’s Behind it All?

Why do the employment laws in every country differ slightly but cover the same issues? It is because the framework for international labour law comes from the International Labour Organization (ILO). 190 ILO Conventions guide national lawmakers. Initially intended for governments, ILO Conventions have found their way into employee relations work in international companies. Host Alan Wild explains how the international framework for employee relations developed and which organizations are behind it all. 



DEC 4, 2023

S02E02 – Global Employee Relations: Things to Know Before You Jump In

Examine the key concepts that enable the international Employee Relations Specialist to tackle issues with empathy and success. Much of the day-to-day work involves jumping from country to country and dealing with multiple issues in different contexts. Explore ideas that make issues easier to understand and resolve. Is the country system power-based or rights-based? How mature are the employee relations? And, how culture matters and understanding risk play an important part in the role.



DEC 4, 2023

S02E01 – How the Role of the Global Employee Relations Executive Was Born

Take a look at how a role that barely existed 30 years ago has become an essential part of business success in the modern world. Learn the business, political, legal, and social reasons that make the successful management of international employee relations such a key role today.