The “How Does the Head of HR Work?” Edition

What do you get wrong about your boss, and what does your boss get wrong about you?

Kevin Fanning.
Kevin Fanning.

Photo illustration by Juliana Jiménez. Photo courtesy Kevin Fanning.

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Slate’s L.V. Anderson interviews Kevin Fanning, vice president of talent and culture at Cogo Labs, a startup incubator in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the author of the job search guide, Let’s All Find Awesome Jobs. Fanning talks about the difference between recruiting and HR, why he believes people have trouble dealing with problems in the workplace, and the process of firing people.

In a Slate Plus extra, Fanning explains the potential dangers of not having an HR department and the kinds of policies he would implement if money were no object. If you’re a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other great podcast exclusives. Start your two-week free trial at

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Podcast production by Jayson De Leon.