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HR Break Room

HR Break Room is a podcast from your friends working in human resources, dedicated to bringing you interesting break room conversations with experts on the hot topics of HR and HR Technology, one cup of coffee at a time. Hosted by Caleb Masters and Chelsea Justice, HR Break Room is designed to inspire you to harness the power of HR technology to empower your people and organization.
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Apr 16, 2019

Guest:

Peter Cappelli, George W. Taylor professor of management and director of the Center for Human Resources at The Wharton School

According to Gallup, only 12% of employees say their company does a good job onboarding. With the war for talent still waging in today’s low-unemployment economy, organizations nationwide continue to search for new ways to attract, retain and keep new hires engaged once they’ve started their job.

In this episode of HR Break Room, Peter Cappelli joins hosts Caleb Masters and Braeden Fair to discuss:

  • how technology is changing the way recruiters identify and attract candidates
  • the role training plays in keeping new hires engaged throughout onboarding
  • the benefits of creating a clear line of communication between HR and recruiting
  • how a single-database HR system creates a seamless onboarding experience and world-class first impression for new and prospective hires

Download our white paper to learn how a learning management system can help boost your onboarding process, as well as the bottom line.

Apr 1, 2019

Guest:

Kris Dunn, Kinetix CHRO and founder of the blogs Fistful of Talent and The HR Capitalist

According to Boston Consulting Group research, companies with more diverse management teams generate nearly 20% greater revenue. Like players in one of sports’ greatest spectacles, top talent comes from a wide array of backgrounds, and each performer requires great coaching to succeed.

In this episode of HR Break Room, returning guest Kris Dunn joins host Caleb Masters to discuss:

  • teamwork parallels between winning college basketball teams and successful organizations
  • the importance of recruiting from diverse pools of talent
  • how training, learning and development help keep top performers sharp and competitive
  • the cost of a poor experience for candidates and employees

 

Discover more lessons HR can learn from collegiate athletics in our on-demand webinar, 5 Strategies HR Can Borrow From College Recruiting Programs, with guest Kris Dunn.

Mar 26, 2019

Guests:

Annie Hanson, University of Oklahoma assistant athletics director of recruiting strategy and administrative engagement

Jennifer Kraszewski, Paycom vice president of human resources

According to LinkedIn80% of talent acquisition leaders believe their employer brand has a noticeable impact on their ability to hire great talent. Perhaps no better example of this exists than in college sports. In leveraging an unrivaled brand to recruit top performers to their organization, college athletic recruiters build teams known around the world for winning.

In this episode of HR Break Room, OU football’s Annie Hanson joins Paycom’s Jennifer Kraszewski and host Caleb Masters to discuss the lessons HR can learn from college athletic recruiting, including:

  • how to build a winning workforce and culture
  • transparent alignment of the employer brand with expectations of prospective talent
  • the role social media plays in communicating that brand to top performers
  • why culture fit is just as important as performance potential

 

For more, attend our on-demand webinar, 5 Strategies HR Can Borrow From College Recruiting Programs.

Mar 5, 2019

Guests:

Lou Adler, business consultant and CEO of The Adler Group

Tiffany McGowen, Paycom vice president of recruiting

According to SHRM’s The New Talent Landscape report, 84% of employers see a shortage in skilled applicants, while 68% experience difficulty in filling jobs. In today’s war for talent, the challenge to find qualified candidates for a competitive edge continues to grow, as does the skills gap.

In this episode of HR Break Room, host Caleb Masters sits down with Adler and McGowen to discuss:

  • the challenges of finding skilled talent in a highly competitive landscape
  • how performance-based hiring can help organizations recruit the ideal candidates
  • how technology can transform HR and recruiting strategies to attract key positions

Learn more about today’s skills gap and war for talent by downloading our infographic, How the Talent Shortage Harms Your Entire Business.

Feb 19, 2019

Guest:

Dave Zielinski, business writer for HR Magazine and SHRM.org

HR is undergoing a digital transformation. With so many technology options changing the workplace, how can HR leverage the benefits of employee self-service (ESS) to be more strategic while further empowering their workforce?

According to this year’s Sierra-Cedar HR Systems Survey, 78% of respondents currently use ESS applications in their organizations. That number is expected to rise to 87% in the next year as HR leaders implement ESS to engage employees, increase productivity, decrease labor costs and give their workforce direct and mobile access to their personal data.

In this episode of HR Break Room, business journalist Dave Zielinski joins hosts Caleb Masters and Jason Bodin to discuss:

  • the benefits of HR’s shift away from managing employee data and tasks
  • why ESS technology continues to grow in popularity
  • how ESS helps improve the employee experience
  • how ESS tech positions HR as a strategic business partner to the C-suite

To learn more about championing such an initiative in your organization, read our white paper, Is Your Business App-rehensive?: How to Lead a Digital Transformation in Your Workplace.

Feb 5, 2019

Guest:

Jason Lauritsen, employee engagement expert and author of Unlocking High Performance: How to Use Performance Management to Engage and Empower Employees to Reach Their Full Potential

 In a recent Deloitte survey, 79% of global executives rated agile performance management as a high priority for their organizations. With the digital transformation of HR impacting companies nationwide as 2019 progresses, HR departments look toward technology to fulfill their recruiting and training initiatives.

In this HR Break Room conversation, workplace culture authority Jason Lauritsen joins hosts Caleb Masters and Chelsea Justice to discuss:

  • changes to talent management through digital transformation and HR tech
  • why the right learning technology helps upskill and retain today’s top talent
  • how regular employee feedback increases performance, engagement and the personnel experience overall

 

Learn more about how to train and upskill your employees by reading our white paper, Discover How a Learning Management System Benefits Your Workforce and Bottom Line.

Jan 22, 2019

Guest:

Ilyce Glink, founder and CEO of Best Money Moves

According to a 2018 Prudential report, the number of employers offering financial wellness programs increased from 20% in 2015 to 83% in 2017. With PricewaterhouseCoopers’ 2018 Employee Financial Wellness survey finding that 64% of today’s employees are impacted by student loans and 54% saying they are stressed about finances in general, the demand for financial wellness in the workplace continues to grow.

In this HR Break Room conversation, Ilyce Glink joins hosts Caleb Masters and Chelsea Justice to discuss: 

  • how financial wellness can be used to engage employees and increase productivity
  • why such programs have become a priority in 2019
  • the role these programs will play in the digital transformation of organizations
  • how HR can make the case for financial wellness programs to the C-suite

 

Learn more about how to embrace and enact HR technology within your organization by reading our white paper, Is Your Business App-Rehensive?: How to Lead a Digital Transformation in Your Workplace.

Jan 8, 2019

Guest:

Nick Ismail, content editor of Information Age

A disconnect has emerged between the expectations and needs of CEOs, digital leaders, and HR and finance departments’ ability to support digital transformation efforts related to the employee experience. What are the benefits of having HR technology in your business, and how can HR make the case to embrace the digital transformation within your organization to help engage the workforce?

In this episode of HR Break Room, Information Age content editor Nick Ismail joins hosts Caleb Masters and Jason Bodin to discuss:

  • how the digital transformation has changed the world at large and how it will impact HR in 2019 and beyond
  • how implementing HR technology can improve employee productivity
  • the cost of relying on dated, manual processes
  • how HR can make the case for a digital transformation within the workplace

 

To learn more about implementing HR tech with the employee in mind, read our white paper, Is Your Business App-rehensive?: How to Lead a Digital Transformation in Your Workplace.

Dec 18, 2018

Guest:

John Ruhlin, public speaker and author of Giftology: The Art and Science of Using Gifts to Cut Through the Noise, Increase Referrals, and Strengthen Retention

With the holiday season on the minds of managers and employees, now is the time for celebration and gift-giving. This is a perfect opportunity for HR managers to take a closer look at their gifting policies. How can you use this chance to create company advocates? You do it by finding presents that can help boost employee engagement and productivity.

In this special 50th episode of HR Break Room, John Ruhlin joins hosts Caleb Masters and Chelsea Justice to discuss:

  • how to identify the right gift for your people
  • why giving it can boost employee morale and productivity
  • the importance of giving at the right time and personalizing each gift to the recipient’s needs
  • the effectiveness of gift-giving throughout the year

HR Break Room is also celebrating its 50th episode by giving gifts of our own and announcing the winners of our “5 Days, 5 Giveaways” contest.

To learn more about how to identify the needs of your employees, read our What Employees Want: Overlooked Insights in Employee Engagement white paper.

Dec 11, 2018

Guests:

Joe Callender, Ernst and Young executive director of quantitative economics and statistics

Ari Teichman, Ernst and Young senior manager of quantitative economics and statistics

Sam Norman, Paycom executive vice president of sales

According to a 2016 study conducted by HR.com, companies surveyed reported that allowing employees to complete their own HR tasks through software saves their HR department an average of seven hours a week. A new study from Ernst & Young takes this idea a step further. Performing HR tasks manually or not letting employees enter their own information costs employers an average of $4.39 for every point of data entry.

With the cost of HR tasks becoming more evident and costly in the digital era, what is keeping organizations from making the move to self-service technology? And how can incorporating HR technology streamline processes and save organizations time, money and productivity?

In this episode of HR Break Room, host Caleb Masters is joined by a panel of experts to discuss:

  • Ernst & Young's study detailing how manual HR tasks are slowing productivity and costing organizations around the country
  • the costly compliance risks of manually entering data multiple times
  • how HR can help complete the digital transformation within their organization by removing manual tasks with self-service HR software for employees

Learn more about how to transform your organization with self-service technology by reading our How to Lead Digital Initiatives in the Workplace white paper.

Nov 26, 2018

Guest:

Larry Barton, Ph.D., University of Central Florida professor of crisis management and public safety

Depending on the size of their workforce, between 75% and 95% of businesses offer an employee assistance program (EAP), according to the International Employee Assistance Professional Association. However, not even 7% of employees take advantage of the counseling benefit, despite that an estimated 18% of American adults are dealing with a mental health issue at any time.

With depression and declining mental health costing the U.S. economy more than $51 billion in absenteeism and lost productivity, how can HR communicate the value of EAPs to boost the well-being of their employees?

In this episode of HR Break Room, crisis management professional Larry Barton rejoins hosts Caleb Masters and Chelsea Justice to discuss:

  • how EAPs can benefit your employees and your organization’s bottom line
  • why HR should consider using EAPs to learn more about the needs of their people
  • how the current opioid crisis and surge in workplace violence have changed the conversation surrounding EAPs
  • the questions HR should ask EAP vendors about their offerings

Learn how HR technology can improve the efficiency of your benefits administration processes in our A Better Way to Manage Benefits and Open Enrollment infographic.

Nov 12, 2018

Guest:

Dan Schawbel, Future Workplace research director and New York Times best-selling author of Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation

As of February 2018, mobile phone usage in the U.S. stands at a staggering 100% among ages 18-29. Whether by smartphone, tablet or desktop computer, people spend an average of 7.6 hours a day online. With today’s employees embracing such technology, it is important for HR to leverage these tools to engage and maintain a human connection with their workforce. How can corporate cultures utilize tech to forge stronger connections among co-workers and boost productivity?

In this episode of HR Break Roomworkplace expert Dan Schawbel joins host Caleb Masters to discuss:

  • the role HR leaders should own in an age of artificial intelligence and automation
  • how the skills gap forces organizations to rethink employee training and certification
  • using technology to create and foster more human interaction in the workplace
  • workforce trends shaping businesses now and into 2019

 

To learn more about the bottom-line benefits of developing and upskilling your workforce through online learning, read our white paper, Discover How E-Learning Technology Drives Business Growth.

Oct 30, 2018

Guest:

Stefanie K. Johnson, Ph.D., associate professor of management at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the restaurant industry files more harassment claims than any other industry. In fact, 90% of women and 70% of men have acknowledged experiencing some form of sexual harassment while working in restaurants.

What fuels this trend and what can HR personnel in the industry do to reduce the risk of such incidents within their establishment?

In this episode of HR Break Room, organizational leadership and diversity expert Stefanie K. Johnson, Ph.D., joins hosts Caleb Masters and Chelsea Justice to discuss:

  • why sexual harassment happens more frequently in the restaurant industry
  • the differences HR professionals in this industry face, compared to other industries
  • how HR personnel in the restaurant industry can create policies to mitigate exposure within their organizations
  • how HR can help facilitate a safe and healthy workplace culture for all employees

Learn more about how to work toward a harassment-free workplace by attending our free, on-demand webinar, Preventing Sexual Harassment in Your Restaurant.

Oct 11, 2018

Guest:

Phillip B. Wilson, president and general counsel of the Labor Relations Institute

On Sept. 14, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) published a notice of proposed rulemaking intended to clarify what constitutes a joint-employer relationship between two businesses. Franchises, construction companies and organizations that use temporary or contract labor are among the employers that will be impacted most directly.

In part one of our HR Break Room conversation with Phillip B. Wilson, we defined the proposed new joint-employer rule and how it is different from the standard set by the Browning-Ferris case. How can HR prepare for these changes so that your workforce remains compliant?

In part two of this two-part episode of HR Break Room, Phil Wilson of the Labor Relations Institute joins hosts Caleb Masters and Chelsea Justice to discuss:

  • the impact the proposed new joint-employer rule may have on employers
  • why it’s so important for HR to watch the outcome of the ruling
  • how organizations can prepare for potential changes in the relationship between employers and contract employees

Learn more about how to prepare for the changes from the NLRB’s forthcoming rule by checking out Paycom’s free webinar on What to Expect from the New Joint-Employer Rule.

 

Oct 5, 2018

Guest:

Phillip B. Wilson, president and general counsel of the Labor Relations Institute

On Sept. 14, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) published a notice of proposed rulemaking intended to clarify what constitutes a joint-employer relationship between two businesses. Franchises, construction companies and organizations that use temporary or contract labor are among the employers that will be impacted most directly. How can HR prepare so that your workforce remains compliant?

In part one of this two-part episode of HR Break Room, Phillip B. Wilson of the Labor Relations Institute joins hosts Caleb Masters and Chelsea Justice to discuss:

  • what the new joint employer rule is
  • how it may change your relationship with contract workers
  • why the change from the Obama-era Browning-Ferris standard marks a fundamental shift in the status quo for joint-employer relationships

 

Learn more about how to prepare for the changes from the NLRB’s forthcoming rule by checking out Paycom’s free webinar on What to Expect from the New Joint-Employer Rule.

 

Sep 19, 2018

Guest:

Steve Browne, author of HR on Purpose: Delivering Deliberate People Passion

As the role of HR continues to evolve within today’s workplace, being strategic and influencing employees and leadership have become more important than ever. How can HR not only win a seat at the table, but also take ownership of its role within an organization?

In this HR Break Room conversation, bestselling author Steve Browne joins Paycom HR manager Chanse Moucka and host Caleb Masters to discuss:

  • the differences between safeguarding HR, being strategic in HR and owning the role of HR
  • the importance of being intentional and understanding the culture of your organization
  • how HR can empower the workforce by being bold, passionate and transparent

 

Learn more about how technology can allow you the time to be strategic by reading our Discover How Self-Service Tech Boosts Employee Experience white paper.

Sep 4, 2018

Guest:

Trish McFarlane, co-host of the HR Happy Hour podcast

The nature of work continues to change at a rapid pace. HR has the unique opportunity to build and influence relationships with members of their workforce, from the onboarding process and continuing through the entire employee life cycle.

In this HR Break Room conversation, host Caleb Masters and Paycom HR manager Chanse Moucka are joined by HR Happy Hour co-host Trish McFarlane to discuss:

  • the role HR can play in influencing the experience of employees throughout their life cycle
  • how technology has reshaped the expectations of the workforce over the last 20 years
  • the importance of creating a positive, flexible work environment for millennial and Generation Z employees

Learn more about how technology can empower your workforce by reading our How Self-Service Tech Boosts Employee Experience white paper

Aug 20, 2018

Guest:

Steve Gilliland, motivational speaker and author of Enjoy the Ride

According to a recent study, disengagement among employees nationwide carries a price tag worthy of sticker-shock status: between $450 billion and $550 billion every year. And with 90% of executives reporting that retaining new hires is a difficult issue for their organization, employee engagement has never been more important.

In this HR Break Room conversation, motivational speaker Steve Gilliland joins the podcast to discuss:

  • why it’s so critical to attract and recruit the right talent for your workforce
  • the importance of communicating your organization’s purpose to your employees
  • how to engage employees with technology that best suits your business

Learn more about strategies to engage your workforce in our Discover What Employees Want white paper.

Aug 13, 2018

Guest:

Jim Reidy, attorney at Sheehan Phinney

The term “workplace flexibility” is commonly used to cover a broad number of topics related to compliance with state and federal leave laws. With 32% of millennial or millennial-minded talent ranking more flexible working options as a priority in the 2015/2016 Global Benefits Attitude Survey, what can your organization do to remain compliant and attractive?

In this HR Break Room conversation, employment law attorney Jim Reidy rejoins the podcast along with Paycom HR manager Chanse Moucka and host Caleb Masters to discuss:

  • the areas of employment law covered under the term “workplace flexibility” HR should consider
  • the potential risks and benefits of making your organization more flexible
  • how your organization can approach working remotely, parental leave and the Family and Medical Leave Act to remain attractive to today’s top talent

Learn more about the advantages of employees taking paid leave, in our Discover the Benefits of Paid Time Off infographic.

Aug 6, 2018

Guest:

Margaret Spence, Global business strategist and founder of the Employee to CEO Project

According to the Korn Ferry Institute, women make up 24% of C-suite positions, but only 12% had long-term aspirations to lead the organization as CEO. With leadership development initiatives increasing their emphasis on more diverse and inclusive workplace cultures, how can organizations ensure their program meets the needs of today’s female top performers?

In this HR Break Room conversation from the SHRM18 expo floor, Margaret Spence, global business strategist and founder of the Employee to CEO Project, joins us to discuss:

  • how an inclusive culture with women in leadership benefits your business
  • the differences in how women approach leadership positions in the organization
  • how HR can facilitate this change in identifying and developing women for leadership roles

Learn more about how to find top-performing women in your organization by downloading our 4 Steps to Finding and Fostering Super Talent infographic. 

Jul 24, 2018

Guest:

Christine Porath, associate professor of management at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and author of Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace

Workplace incivility leads not only to a toxic culture, but also to negative impacts on your workforce’s productivity and profits. According to a study conducted by this episode’s guest, Christine Porath, employees who have experienced uncivil action in the workplace showed a drop of 25% in performance, while 80% stated they had lost time due to the unpleasant interactions.

In this HR Break Room conversation recorded live at SHRM18, host Caleb Masters and Paycom HR manager Tiffany Gamblin are joined by Christine Porath to discuss:

  • what constitutes incivility and how it affects employee morale
  • the cost of having a culture that is not civil
  • how leaders can foster a workplace of civility to drive employee happiness and productivity

Learn more about the importance of creating a workplace of civility by reading our Discover the Employer’s Role in Preventing Sexual Harassment white paper.

 

Jul 17, 2018

Guest:

Joey Price, CEO of Jumpstart:HR

Have you taken the right steps to connect with – and retain – your millennial workforce?

In this episode of HR Break Room, Joey Price, CEO of Jumpstart:HR, joins host Caleb Masters from the SHRM18 exposition floor to discuss:

  • what this generation wants from work and how organizations can recognize those needs
  • the role of workforce identity in engaging millennials
  • how HR technology can help engage employees and make HR more strategic

Learn more about how to engage your millennial workforce by reading our What Employees Want: Overlooked Insights in Employee Engagement white paper.

Jul 10, 2018

Despite HR’s best efforts to improve employee engagement, only 34% of U.S. employees are engaged. With 81% of employees stating that technology is an important factor to their happiness in the workplace, is your organization missing the opportunity to engage employees in all the interactions that shape their attitudes about work?

In this HR Break Room conversation, TalentCulture CEO Meghan M. Biro joins Paycom HR manager Tiffany Gamblin and host Caleb Masters on the SHRM18 exposition floor to discuss:

  • what’s missing from today’s employee engagement efforts
  • the term “employee activation” and how it differs from employee engagement
  • how you can improve activation and engagement across the employee life cycle by using a robust self-service technology

To learn more about the benefits of self-service HR technology, sign up for our on demand webinar Ready, Set, Activate: Engaging Employees with HR Tech featuring Meghan M. Biro.

Jun 29, 2018

Guests:

Dave Ryan, director of the Illinois State Council for the Society for Human Resource Management

Brad Galin, president and principal consultant of Allegro HR

In small and midsized organizations nationwide, HR departments often are made up of just one person. These individuals are tasked with overseeing nearly every HR function throughout the company, including onboarding, benefits enrollment, compensation, and training employees. 

In this second episode of our special series recorded at SHRM18, HR Break Room host Caleb Masters and Paycom HR manager Chanse Moucka converse with guests Dave Ryan and Brad Galin about:

  • the unique challenges faced by single-employee HR departments at small and medium-sized organizations across the country
  • the value of networking with HR professionals in larger organizations
  • the tools and strategies that one-person HR departments can use to add to their team and grow their business

 To learn more about how to streamline your HR processes, download our Discover the Hidden Cost of Manual Processes on Engagement and Productivity infographic.

 

Jun 25, 2018

Guests:

Jeff Palkowski, director of government affairs for Greater Madison Area SHRM

Mike Shaw, director-elect of the Oklahoma State Council for Human Resource Management

Jazmine Wilkes, contributing writer to The SHRM Blog

Every year, HR professionals from around the world attend the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Annual Conference & Exposition to learn from industry experts and share their experiences. At SHRM18, held June 17-20 in Chicago, HR Break Room recorded conversations with HR industry thought leaders, conference speakers and SHRM staffers, live from Paycom’s booth on the expo floor.

To kick off HR Break Room’s special series of episodes recorded at SHRM18, Paycom HR manager Chanse Moucka and a three-person panel of attendees join host Caleb Masters to discuss:

  • the main takeaways from the first day of sessions at the SHRM 2018 Annual Conference & Exposition
  • the benefits of attending the conference, including networking with and learning from fellow HR practitioners
  • topics you can expect to hear addressed on HR Break Room’s forthcoming episodes recorded from the SHRM18 exposition floor

Learn more about how to streamline your HR processes by reading our Discover the Cost of Manual Processes white paper.

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