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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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Nov 5, 2019

Guest:

Sharlyn Lauby, HR Bartender founder and ITM Group president

In a business landscape forged through emerging workplace technology, the role of HR continues to evolve. So how can HR professionals bridge the gap between their people and technology to actively participate in employee experience initiatives?  

In this episode of HR Break Room, recorded at the Society for Human Resource Management 2019 Annual Conference & Exposition, Lauby joins hosts Jennifer Kraszewski and Caleb Masters to discuss:

  • HR’s role after the right technology is implemented
  • how to shift HR from being the go-between to a go-getter
  • how HR tech can reshape the employee experience for a five-generation workforce, from onboarding to retirement
  • using data to tell the story of how HR and HR tech impacts the bottom line
  • challenges facing HR in 2020 and beyond

Download our white paper to learn how the right self-service technology boosts the employee experience.

Oct 22, 2019

Guest:

Robin Schooling, Peridus Group managing partner for HR People + Strategy

Technological advancements are rapidly changing workplace communication, the employee experience and organizational culture. With people expecting more from technology’s capabilities in general, employees’ expectations of on-the-job tech also increases.

As we prepare to enter a new decade, workers’ adoption of new HR technology continues to become more crucial and necessary. But in an ever-evolving workplace, how can technology promote productivity, efficiency and success?

In this episode of HR Break Room, Robin Schooling joins us at the 2019 HR Technology Conference to discuss:

  • the biggest challenges to creating a successful user-adoption strategy
  • how the employee usage of technology benefits HR and the bottom line
  • using training to communicate the benefits of technology
  • how HR technology impacts the employee experience, workplace culture and business goals
  • positioning HR as a strategic partner by successfully adopting and managing HR technology

Learn more about the cost of manual processes and a poor user adoption strategy by reading our white paper, Every Second Counts … and Costs: Why Everyone Should Use HR Tech.

Oct 11, 2019

Guests:

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

Brad Galin, Allegro HR president and principal consultant

Networking at HR conferences is an integral part of your organization’s growth, helping you gain new clients and brand advocates. These conferences also provide valuable takeaways through breakout sessions and keynote talks.

How can HR professionals use conferences to build their reputation, provide actionable applications for their workplace, and get leadership excited to implement new initiatives?

In this episode of HR Break Room, recorded at the 2019 Society for Human Resource Management Annual Conference & Exposition, Brad Galin and Dave Ryan join host Caleb Masters to discuss:

  • strategies for immediately applying key conference takeaways to your organization
  • what your organization can gain from attending HR conferences
  • how making connections and building a broad, diverse network benefits your company
  • the ways technology can foster efficiency, motivation and communication in the workplace

To learn more about how technology can help improve communication in your workplace, read our white paper, Put Surveys to Work: Jump-Start Engagement and Goal-Setting with Employee Feedback.

Sep 24, 2019

Guest:

Barbara Corcoran, founder of The Corcoran Group and investor on ABC’s Shark Tank

A typical organization has undergone five major companywide changes in the past three years, according to Gartner, with nearly 75% expecting more transformation in the future. Even workforce demographics have recently changed, shifting to a millennial and Gen Z majority.

How can HR use available resources to overcome these challenges and lead their organizations to business success?

To answer, HR Break Room welcomes Barbara Corcoran, world-renowned investor, host of the Business Unusual podcast and bestselling author of Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business.

In this episode, Corcoran discusses:

  • tips and recommendations for leading effective organizational change and creating an engaging employee experience
  • the critical role communication plays in fostering a workplace culture prepared for transformation
  • how members of today’s multigenerational workforce want the same self-service technology at work that they use in their personal lives
  • how HR can use the opportunity presented by the digital transformation to emerge as strategic leaders

Click here to learn more about Paycom’s newest communication tool, Ask HereTM, or visit us at booth #3121 during the HR Technology Conference in Las Vegas, Oct. 1-4.

Sep 19, 2019

You know that everything your employees do has a cost. But do you know where you’re paying twice for them to complete the same task? Do you know about the unnecessary administrative burden that keeps HR from creating and implementing company strategies, engaging with employees and addressing critical workforce issues? Many paths exist to help you avoid areas of profit drain, with employee usage of HR technology serving as your compass.

In the first edition of our new segment, An HR Break Room Take 5, we check out Paycom’s revolutionary new tool, Direct Data Exchange, the industry’s first comprehensive look into the efficiencies gained and remaining through employee usage of HR technology.

Host Caleb Masters interviews Ernst & Young analyst Ari Teichman and HR professionals who use Direct Data Exchange to discuss:

  • how Direct Data Exchange helps put the human element back in HR
  • why employee usage of HR technology is good for business
  • the potential savings Direct Data Exchange can offer your organization
  • how Direct Data Exchange positively impacts the user experience to increase internal efficiencies

Learn more about Paycom’s revolutionary new Direct Data Exchange tool by requesting a demo.

Sep 17, 2019

Guest:

Steve Boese, HR Technology Conference co-chair and HR Happy Hour co-host

An International Data Corporation study found that 85% of enterprise decision-makers say they have two years to make significant progress toward a digital transformation or they will fall behind competitors. With Ernst & Young reporting a cost of $4.39 for every point of manual HR data entry, and workplace technology expectations of today’s employees shifting to a more consumer-friendly experience, the cost of performing HR tasks without self-service tech has never been more evident. 

How can HR create a better employee experience and lead a digital transformation that benefits the bottom line?     

In this episode of HR Break Room, Boese joins host Caleb Masters to discuss:

  • the biggest challenges facing organizations in the ongoing digital transformation of work
  • the role HR can play in leading the digital transformation of their workplace
  • why employees expect a consumer-friendly tech experience and direct access to their data
  • how employee usage of technology benefits HR and the organization’s profitability

 

To learn how companywide HR tech usage can boost workforce efficiencies, click here or visit Paycom at booth 3121 at the HR Technology Conference, Oct. 1-4 in Las Vegas.

Sep 10, 2019

Guest:

Jenn Lim, Delivering Happiness CEO and co-founder  

Low employee engagement costs U.S. organizations up to $550 billion annually, according to Gallup. And with Gallup also reporting highly engaged teams generate 21% greater profitability, fostering an organization of happy people is more important than ever. 

How can organizations meet the expectations of today’s top performers to create a workplace full of engaged, happy employees?

In this episode of HR Break Room, recorded at the Society for Human Resource Management 2019 Conference & Exposition, Lim joins hosts Caleb Masters and Dickens Aubourg to discuss:

  • the difference between employee happiness and employee engagement
  • why meeting the expectations of top talent is critical to their happiness
  • the role communication plays in creating a culture of happy employees
  • how workplace technology can help facilitate a satisfied, more productive workforce

 

To learn more about creating a culture of happy and engaged employees, read our white paper, What Employees Want: Overlooked Insights in Employee Engagement.

Aug 27, 2019

Guest:

Cy Wakeman, leadership consultant, New York Times best-selling author and host of the No Ego podcast

According to Pew Research, 92% of Gen Zers report going online every day, and 24% say they are online almost constantly. With Gen Z and millennial employees expecting more efficient ways to work using technology, especially via mobile devices, organizations need to be prepared for the cultural and digital transformations required to recruit top talent in today’s workplace.

In this episode of HR Break Room, recorded at the Society for Human Resource Management 2019 Conference & Exposition, Wakeman joins hosts Caleb Masters and Dickens Aubourg to discuss:

  • modern leadership approaches to business readiness and enabling change management
  • the demands of today’s millennial and Gen Z workers
  • how to embrace a new mindset to transform culture, drive innovation and gain results

 

To learn more about utilizing mobile technology to streamline processes and free yourself up to be more strategic, read our white paper, Is Your Business App-rehensive? How to Lead a Digital Transformation in Your Workplace.

Aug 12, 2019

Guests:

Tim Sackett, HRU Technical Resources president and author of The Talent Fix: A Leader’s Guide to Recruiting Great Talent

Kris Dunn, Kinetix CHRO, founder of the blogs Fistful of Talent and The HR Capitalist, and author of The 9 Faces of HR: A Disruptor’s Guide to Mastering Innovation and Driving Real Change

Although internet and mobile technology have changed the way we generally go about our days, one area in the U.S. has yet to catch up: the workplace. With today’s workforce expecting business technology on the job, who is responsible for bringing your workplace up to speed, and what skill sets are needed?

In this episode of HR Break Room, recorded at the Society for Human Resource Management 2019 Conference & Exposition, Sackett and Dunn join hosts Caleb Masters and Dickens Aubourg to discuss:

  • how the future of HR technology is reshaping the way work is performed
  • the tech that will have the biggest impact on HR’s role
  • why it is important to understand HR’s changing function

 

Learn how to streamline processes and free yourself to be strategic with digital technology by reading our white paper, Is Your Business App-rehensive? How to Lead a Digital Transformation in Your Workplace.

Jul 30, 2019

Guest:

Jennifer McClure, CEO of Unbridled Talent and DisruptHR

With Gallup’s State of the Global Workforce report showing 85% of employees are disengaged, the way we conduct work is no longer as effective or attractive to top talent. How can HR disrupt the status quo and challenge outdated processes to become leaders in their workplace?

In this episode of HR Break Room, recorded at the 2019 Society for Human Resource Management Annual Conference & Exposition, Jennifer McClure joins hosts Caleb Masters and Tiffany Gamblin to discuss:

  • how HR can disrupt work with technology to become go-getters
  • the importance of exchanging ideas and challenging the status quo to improve processes
  • how an innovative culture and new thinking contribute to the bottom line
  • why now is the time for HR to lead change and growth as a strategic business partner

 

Learn how to create HR disruption in your organization, freeing you to be more strategic, by reading our white paper, Every Second Counts…and Costs: Why Everyone Should Use HR Tech.

Jul 16, 2019

Guest:

Louis R. Lessig, Brown & Connery, LLP partner

On March 7, the U.S. Department of Labor proposed a rule that boosts the salary threshold at which workers are eligible to receive overtime, making a major change to employee exemption criteria under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

If finalized, the rule will extend overtime protections to more than a million currently exempt workers making less than $35,308 per year. It also would represent financial and operational challenges for employers, who will have to evaluate how their employees are scheduled and paid, in order to mitigate labor costs and exposure under the FLSA.

In this episode of HR Break Room, recorded at the Society for Human Resource Management 2019 Conference & Exposition, Louis R. Lessig joins hosts Caleb Masters and AJ Griffin to:

  • review the latest developments in the proposed FLSA rule
  • discuss how organizations can begin preparing today for potential changes to ensure compliance
  • answer FLSA rule-related questions from HR Break Room listeners and Paycom webinar attendees

 

To learn more about steps you can take now, download our white paper, Don’t Underestimate Overtime Changes: A Look Into Overtime Under the FLSA and How Businesses Can Prepare.

Jul 2, 2019

Guests:

Callie Zipple, SHRM field services director and host of SHRM’s Honest HR podcast

Dickens Aubourg, Paycom director of client learning

At this year’s Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Annual Conference & Exposition, held June 23-26 in Las Vegas, we sat with HR industry thought leaders, conference speakers and SHRM staffers for conversations in HR Break Room’s studio on the expo floor.

To kick off our special series of episodes recorded at SHRM19, Callie Zipple, host of the Honest HR podcast, joins the HR Break Room to discuss:

  • the biggest takeaways and experiences from SHRM19
  • how HR can become go-getters by applying those takeaways within their organization
  • what HR can look forward to at SHRM20

 

Learn how Paycom can help HR move from the go-between to the go-getter – and back to its intended role – by reading our white paper, How Manual Processes Cost Your Business More Than Just Money.

Jun 18, 2019

Paycom’s SHRM 2019 HR Break Room guest co-hosts:

Jennifer Kraszewski, Paycom Vice President of Human Resources

Dickens Aubourg, Paycom Director of Client Learning

Tiffany Gamblin, Paycom HR Manager

As with every summer, HR personnel nationwide prepare for one of the industry’s biggest events: the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition. Paycom is headed to Las Vegas for SHRM19, with HR Break Room tagging along to record episodes with some of the conference’s biggest speakers.

In this special preview episode of HR Break Room, host Caleb Masters is joined by Paycom’s SHRM 2019 guest co-hosts to learn:

  • the benefits and networking opportunities the annual conference offers to HR professionals
  • the most anticipated sessions of SHRM19
  • the giveaway attendees can enter by visiting Paycom at Booth #1124

To learn more, visit Paycom.com/SHRM.

Jun 11, 2019

Guest:

Meghan M. Biro, founder and CEO of TalentCulture

According to Gallup’s recent State of the Global Workplace report, only 15% of the global workforce is engaged on the job. With U.S. turnover rates as high as 60.5%, according to the Society for Human Resource Management, retaining top talent remains a high priority for organizations nationwide.

In this episode, Meghan M. Biro returns to the HR Break Room for a conversation with hosts Caleb Masters and Jason Bodin on:

  • the importance of building a strong relationship between HR and high performers
  • why stay interviews are an effective way to foster a healthy dialogue between them
  • how employee surveys through HR technology can equip HR to more effectively communicate with top talent

 

To learn more about using surveys to improve the relationship with your workforce, read our white paper, Put Surveys to Work: Jump-Start Engagement and Goal-Setting With Employee Feedback.

May 28, 2019

Guest:

Michael Gale, co-author of The Digital Helix: Transforming Your Organization’s DNA to Thrive in the Digital Age and host of Forbes Insights’ Futures in Focus podcast

According to author Michael Gale in The Digital Helix, “Digital transformations are everywhere: business to business, business to consumer, and even government to citizens. Digital transformation promises a bridge to a digital future, where organizations can thrive with more fluid business models and processes.”

How can HR lead the adoption and implementation of technology to transform their own workplace?

In this episode of HR Break Room, hosts Caleb Masters and Braeden Fair are joined by Gale to discuss:

  • how HR is the “tip of the spear” in championing the digital transformation of the workplace
  • why “moments of delight” through HR technology are essential to the employee experience
  • how HR can make the case for technology to the C-suite

 

Learn how to digitally transform your organization by reading our white paper, Is Your Business App-rehensive?: How to Lead a Digital Transformation in Your Workplace.

May 14, 2019

Guest:

Sharlyn Lauby, SHRM-SCP, founder of HR Bartender

Do you know where you’re paying twice for employees to complete the same task – or even to correct it when it was completed incorrectly? Everything employees do for your organization has a cost: $4.39 for every data entry, according to Ernst & Young research. By giving your workforce direct access to their employee data, HR no longer has to spend their day on duplicated tasks, allowing them to focus on what they are most passionate about: people-based initiatives.  


In this episode of HR Break Room, HR Bartender’s Sharlyn Lauby rejoins hosts Caleb Masters and Jason Bodin to discuss:

  • HR’s original role in the workplace … and how HR can return to the job as intended
  • the cost of HR being between employees and their data
  • how single-application HR technology can streamline HR processes

 

To learn more about how HR can break free, read our white paper Minimize Avoidable Labor Costs While Increasing Efficiency Companywide. 

Apr 30, 2019

Guest:

Liz Fosslien, co-author of No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work and head of content at Humu

According to a recent study from the Yale Center of Emotional Intelligence, one out of every five employees reported high engagement and high burnout. With Gallup reporting that burned-out employees are 63% more likely to take a sick day and 2.6 times as likely to actively seek a new position, having an emotionally stressed and exhausted workforce is costly.

In this episode of HR Break Room, Liz Fosslien, co-author of the recently released book No Hard Feelings, joins hosts Caleb Masters and Chelsea Justice to discuss:

  • how employees’ emotions influence an organization’s culture and impact the bottom line
  • the role burnout plays in disengagement and high turnover
  • why the physical work environment influences employees’ emotions
  • how HR can work with managers to create an emotionally healthy workplace

 

Read our infographic to learn how paid time off contributes to the well-being of your workforce.

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.

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