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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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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.

Jun 7, 2018

It’s that time of year when HR personnel nationwide prepare for one of the industry’s biggest events: the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition. Paycom is headed to Chicago for SHRM18, with HR Break Room making the trek as well, to record episodes live from Booth 250 on the expo floor!

In this special SHRM18 preview episode of HR Break Room, hosts Caleb Masters and Chelsea Justice are joined by two Paycom HR managers to discuss what they most look forward to at this year’s conference.  

Listen to this episode to learn about:

  • the most anticipated sessions of the SHRM 2018 Annual Conference
  • networking opportunities available to attendees
  • a giveaway attendees can enter, for a chance to embark on their own adventure

 

To learn more, visit Paycom.com/SHRM.

May 21, 2018

Guest:

John C. Maxwell, life coach, world-renowned leadership expert and New York Times bestselling author of The 5 Levels of Leadership

True leaders know there’s always room to grow. But it’s difficult to develop others effectively if you don’t know where to start, and that’s one of HR’s biggest challenges.

 In this HR Break Room episode, guest John C. Maxwell shares guidance on developing yourself – and those you lead – through his 5 Levels of Leadership as we discuss:

  • why communicating your values is critical for great leadership
  • ways to identify and develop potential leaders in your organization
  • how to empower your workforce through the levels of leadership

Learn even more in our on-demand webinar, John C. Maxwell Presents The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential.

May 8, 2018

Guests:

Matthew Paque, Paycom executive vice president of legal and compliance

Tiffany Gamblin, Paycom HR manager

Jason Hines, Paycom compliance attorney

In October 2017, in light of the #MeToo movement, HR Break Room discussed workplace sexual harassment policies. Since that conversation, we have continued to receive questions on the subject, not only from podcast listeners, but Paycom blog readers and webinar attendees. To answer those questions and examine the topic further, HR Break Room assembled a panel of leaders from Paycom’s legal and HR departments.

In this episode of HR Break Room, hosts Caleb Masters and Braeden Fair are joined by three Paycom executives to field listener inquiries related to:

  • creating safe and fair policies that protect employees and the organization
  • best practices for incorporating and utilizing anonymous reports in those policies
  • training contractors and volunteers on sexual harassment policies
  • handling sexual harassment cases that occur outside normal work hours or between an employee and a nonemployee

 To learn more on this issue, access Paycom’s free webinar, A Safer Workplace: Discussing Sexual Harassment, on demand.

Apr 24, 2018

Guest:

Dr. Larry Barton, Distinguished University Professor of Crisis Management and Public Safety at the University of Central Florida

In the wake of recent tragic events in Parkland and San Bruno, organizations around the country are taking a closer look at their own crisis and threat management plans and policies. HR is essential in planning for workplace emergencies, starting in the conceptual planning stages all of the way through how employees are trained to handle the event.

Dr. Larry Barton, the highest rated instructor at the FBI Academy and U.S. Marshall Service, joins HR Break Room host Caleb Masters and guest Jason Bodin to talk about how organizations can ensure they are prepared in case of a workplace threat. In this episode Dr. Barton will:

  • define what types of scenarios qualify as a workplace crisis
  • discuss how to identify the warning signs of individuals who may be a threat to your organization
  • establish best practices for creating a crisis plan that includes executive leadership, security and local law enforcement
  • determine the role of training and simulation in preparing for workplace threats
  • examine strategies employers can use to mitigate exposure to dangerous personnel
Apr 10, 2018

Guest:

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

Between recruiting today’s top performers and coaching up-and-coming talent, the much-buzzed-about college basketball tournament shares similarities with many of HR’s most critical priorities. Guest Kris Dunn stops by the HR Break Room to examine the most valuable lessons HR can learn from the annual hoops competition.

In this episode of HR Break Room, Dunn joins hosts Caleb Masters and Braeden Fair to discuss the importance of:

  • defining an organization's core values and promoting them to the world
  • identifying top performers and giving them the tools and opportunities to succeed
  • being transparent when promoting your employer brand for prospective talent

Learn even more about what HR can learn from college basketball by signing up for our on demand webinar featuring Kris Dunn, Swish! 8 Engagement Strategies to Drive Game-Winning Performance.

Apr 3, 2018

Guests:

Jessica Melo, Paycom executive director of sales training

Andres Traslavina, Whole Foods director of global recruiting

Rachel Feferman, Businessolver advisor relations

Kim Gorsuch, Weeva CEO

John Adcock, RetailMeNot senior vice president of people

Learning how to change workplace culture and what makes an organization unique remain high priorities for companies nationwide. During the 2018 SXSW Conference, Paycom’s Jessica Melo attended the Workology HRetreat, where she hosted a panel on the current state of employee culture. Couldn’t attend? No worries – now you can!

This special episode of HR Break Room presents the panel, in which will discuss:

  • how today's organizations measure culture and adapt to the rapidly changing needs of their workforce
  • HR strategies to gain management’s buy-in for culture initiatives
  • the difference between employee happiness and employee engagement

Learn more about how to build a winning culture that results in greater workforce engagement in our Discover How the Right Self-Service Technology Can Help Deliver an Ideal Employee Experience white paper.

Mar 8, 2018

Guest:

Nicole Torres, associate editor at Harvard Business Review and co-host of the Women at Work podcast

According to the UN, there are more than 1.75 billion women in the workforce worldwide. So how can leaders in your organization equip women to climb the ladder and further your company’s mission?

In this special International Women’s Day episode of HR Break Room, Caleb talks with Nicole Torres from Harvard Business Review and the Women at Work podcast about:

  • The benefits of having women in leadership within your organization
  • How HR can go above and beyond to promote an inclusive culture
  • Identifying and developing the women who are already leading in your organization

Learn more about developing leaders within your organization with our white paper, Discover Fueling Employee Knowledge and Propelling Business Growth Through Learning Management Systems.

Feb 27, 2018

Guest:

Coby Turner, associate at Seyfarth Shaw LLP and senior editor of the California Peculiarities Employment Law Blog

Strange California employment laws always seem to be in the news. Despite their peculiarity, the laws emerging from the Golden State often set trends that eventually go nationwide. For example, in 2003, it passed local minimum wages and in 2006 it passed the first sick leave law in nation— just to name a couple. How can organizations be mindful about what’s new in California and discern whether it will impact their organization?

In this episode of HR Break Room, Coby Turner joins Caleb and Braeden to discuss:

  • why California laws have historically set nationwide trends in employment law
  • the consequences of being unprepared for the changes emerging from the Golden State
  • the California laws currently gaining traction on the national stage

 

Learn more about government regulations and how technology can help your organization through them in our executive summary, Squaring Off: Just How Big is the Regulatory Burden for U.S. Businesses?  

 

Feb 20, 2018

Guest:

Minkah Fitzpatrick, former defensive back for the Alabama Crimson Tide and winner of the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award

Since 1986, the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame has picked the best defensive back in college football as the winner of the Paycom Jim Thorpe award. This year’s winner, Minkah Fitzpatrick from the University of Alabama, lead the Crimson Tide to two different national championships, winning the 2018 game against the Georgia Bulldogs.

In this special HR Break Room interview, we will discuss:

  • leadership lessons from Minkah
  • what makes an organization attractive to today's top talent
  • how grit and determination are key traits to a successful team or organization

Learn more about how to find and recruit top talent like Minkah by reading our Discover Better Candidates By Automating the Recruitment Process executive summary.

Feb 13, 2018

Around Valentine’s Day, conversations about love and romance are everywhere – including the office. And with good reason: According to Career Builder, 38% of American workers said they have dated a co-worker at least once over their career.

But just how should organizations approach creating and enforcing a dating policy in 2018?

In this episode of HR Break Room we will discuss:

  • the importance of having a clear, simple dating policy that empowers employees
  • best practices for writing different workplace dating policies regarding coworkers, managers and clients
  • clearly communicating the difference between sexual harassment and romantic interest within the organization

Learn more about communicating policy to your workforce in our whitepaper, Discover Fueling Employee Knowledge and Propelling Business Growth through Learning Management Systems.

Jan 23, 2018

Guest:

John Doorley, Elon University communications professor and best-selling author of Rethinking Reputation: How PR Trumps Marketing and Advertising in the New Media World

Two trends expected to grow in popularity throughout 2018 are employer's brands and reputation swaying consumer behavior, and leaders encouraging more in-person interaction and less working remotely. 

Regarding the former, according to CareerBuilder, 58% of employees are less likely to buy from a company they applied to, but never received a response. Meanwhile, related to the latter, IBM has ceased its remote-working program, pushing thousands of employees back into the office. These trends already have changed the way employees work. Is your organization prepared to adjust and adapt?

In this week’s episode of HR Break Room, co-hosts Caleb Masters and Chelsea Justice talk with communications expert John Doorley about these emergent workplace trends, as well as:

  • the importance of having a strong internal and external brand, cultural values and a reason for being clearly communicated to employees
  • the negative impact that poor employee and candidate experiences can have on an organization’s reputation, product and bottom line
  • how HR and senior leadership must work together to communicate with and engage employees effectively, regardless of location, regardless of location

 

Learn more about communicating with your workforce in our Drive Performance With Employee Surveys infographic.

Jan 9, 2018

Guest:

Leigh Stringer, workplace design specialist and bestselling author of The Healthy Workplace: How to Improve the Well-Being of Your Employees — and Boost Your Company’s Bottom Line

In a recent UnitedHealthcare study, 70% of employees expressed interest in taking proactive steps to improve their health. As we settle into 2018, we look at the new trends and best practices your organization can incorporate into health and ergonomics initiatives throughout the year. In this episode of HR Break Room, hosts Caleb Masters and Braeden Fair talk with Stringer about:

  • the rising investment in employee mental/emotional wellness programs
  • how these programs resonate with the growing millennial workforce
  • the role physical space and best ergonomics practices play in nurturing a healthy and productive work environment
  • how sustaining a solid wellness program starts with changing an organization’s culture

Learn more about communicating your wellness and ergonomics initiatives to employees in our Drive Performance with Employee Surveys white paper.

Dec 12, 2017

Guest:

Rachel Duran, manager of talent acquisition marketing, CA Technologies

The employer brand has emerged as one of the most important tools for today’s recruiters. In fact, 75% of job seekers consider it before they even apply, according to a recent CareerArc study. But what exactly is it? And how can you influence and shape it to attract the type of talent your business needs?

In this episode of HR Break Room, Rachel Duran, manager of talent acquisition marketing at CA Technologies, joins us to look at what one of the year’s most anticipated movies can tell us about the employer brand. In this conversation, we discuss:

  • what the employer brand entails and why it matters
  • the importance of keeping your employer brand transparent and true to your organization’s culture
  • how to ensure your employer brand stays away from the dark side in order to attract the right people

Learn more about your employer brand by taking our quiz.

Dec 7, 2017

Guest:

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

With the holiday season among us,so is your year-end office party. These festive get-togethers can be a great way for the entire company to celebrate the accomplishments of the last 12 months. While these parties are planned to be fun, they also can be a potential source of HR violations. Are you prepared?

In today’s special episode of HR Break Room, Caleb talks with the director of SHRM’s Illinois State Council, Dave Ryan, about the dos and don’ts organizations can implement to ensure all attendees have a wonderful and safe time. In this talk, they discuss:

  • how HR can create a work environment that is festive and casual, yet also professional
  • the best way to enforce a dress code and other policies
  • the responsibility of HR to monitor and address the inclusion of alcohol
Nov 28, 2017

Guests:

Melody Muniz, Science Museum Oklahoma guest relations director

Clint Stone, Science Museum Oklahoma vice president of programs

According to the recruiting firm Korn Ferry, 80% of retailers plan to hire the same amount of seasonal staff as they did last year – or more! Thanks to the lowest unemployment rate the nation has seen in 16 years and the rising gig economy, 2017 has proven challenging for employers to fill such positions with the right talent. With the processes of identifying and hiring new top performing employees growing more difficult and expensive, what can your organization do to retain the top performers from your seasonal workforce for future years?

In this episode of HR Break Room, Caleb and Chelsea talk with Muniz and Stone about:

  • the financial and practical benefits of retaining seasonal employees for the future
  • the importance of establishing a culture that inspires them to return
  • strategies to stay in touch with these top performers during the off-season

Learn more about strategies for hiring today's top talent in our Discover Better Candidates by Automating the Recruitment Process white paper.

Nov 14, 2017

Guest:

Mark Sanborn, motivational speaker, leadership expert and international best-selling author

Building a top-performing organization is challenging enough, but how do you continue to improve after you’ve mastered your trade or industry? In his new book, The Potential Principle, leadership expert Mark Sanborn reveals strategies for doing even better once you already have given your best.

In this episode of HR Break Room, Caleb and Chelsea talk with Sanborn about:

  • the importance of having a philosophy that guides and drives your organization
  • the benefits an encore performer can bring to your company
  • why "being better" is a more powerful motivator than "being the best"

Additionally, you can learn more about Mark Sanborn’s The Potential Principle by registering for our free Nov. 16 webinar today!

Oct 31, 2017

From somewhere within overstuffed filing cabinets of an unnamed office come two terrifying tales. The first story investigates a haunted onboarding experience caused by excessive paperwork, while the second explores an infestation of manual processes so creepy, your skin will crawl. Luckily, these HR nightmares can have a happy ending when the right HR technology comes into play.

In this special Halloween episode of HR Break Room, Caleb and Chelsea share “HR Nightmares” that cover how:

  • a poor onboarding process can negatively impact your new hires
  • manual processes could slow your organization
  • HR technology can help protect your company

Learn how to handle more "HR Nightmares" by downloading Paycom's Trick or Treat Bag, full of white papers, infographics and other FREE content. 

Oct 24, 2017

Guests:

Jessica Miller-Merrell, Founder of Workology.com

Tony Puckett, attorney at McAfee & Taft

Sexual harassment has dominated headlines lately. Following recent allegations of sexual harassment and assault that led to the firing of film producer Harvey Weinstein, organizations all over the country are taking note. What can HR and organization leaders nationwide do to prevent sexual harassment and create a safer workplace for their employees?

In this episode, Jessica Miller-Merrell and Tony Puckett join the HR Break Room to discuss:

  • the consequences of failing to create, implement and enforce a sexual harassment policy covering all employees
  • how legal and HR can work together to review and revise sexual harassment policies that can be enforced consistently from the top down
  • why it is important to create a culture that encourages a safe atmosphere for employees

 

Learn more about communicating with your workforce with our Drive Performance with Employee Surveys infographic.

Oct 12, 2017

Guest:

Misha Goli, Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee

Coffee remains an integral part of most organizations. In fact, a recent Workonomix survey discovered that 80% of adults consume caffeine every day. According to the Food and Drug Administration, the average intake is 200 milligrams or about two 5-ounce cups of coffee a day. Employees continue to be more passionate about their caffeinated beverage choices than ever before.

To celebrate the recent National Coffee Day, HR Break Room sits down with a Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee to discuss:

  • the importance of offering employees quality coffee
  • how coffee engages employees and can refresh their day
  • the most popular options among today’s workforce
Oct 10, 2017

Guest:

Mihir Desai, Mizuho Financial Group professor of finance at Harvard Business School and author of The Wisdom of Finance: Discovering Humanity in the World of Risk and Return

According to a recent study by Pricewaterhouse Coopers, more than 81% of college-educated millennials have at least one term debt, but only 24% can demonstrate basic financial knowledge. With such a need, how can organizations use financial education programs to recruit top talent and engage employees?

In today’s episode, Mihir Desai, author of The Wisdom of Finance, joins HR Break Room to discuss:

  • why financial literacy is so important to today’s largely millennial workforce, even if they don’t realize it
  • the benefits of having financial literacy programs available to employees
  • how these programs can benefit employee recruitment and engagement initiatives

 

Learn more about educating your workforce by reading our Learning Management Systems: Fueling Employee Knowledge and Propelling Business Growth white paper.

Sep 26, 2017

Guest Host:

Jacob Morgan, futurist and author of The Employee Experience Advantage

In our last episode, special guest Jacob Morgan described “The Employee Experience Equation” and one of its key pieces: an organization’s “reason for being,” which Jacob said directly affects an organization’s ability to attract and retain talent. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the quitting rate rose to over 3 million employees earlier this year, so retaining your talent has become even more challenging. How can having a strong purpose and “reason for being” help you retain your workforce?

In today’s HR Break Room discussion, Jacob Morgan, futurist and author of The Employee Experience Advantage, returns to: 

  • define the term "reason for being" and discuss the role it plays in building a successful employee experience
  • talk about how having a philanthropic reason for being can attract, retain and empower employees
  • examine the latest developments in the employee's needs for a specific reason for being

 

Continue learning more about the employee experience from Jacob Morgan by signing up for our upcoming webinar, “Discover How to Boost Employee Engagement.”

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