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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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Jun 10, 2021

Guest:

Amy Edmondson, Ph.D., Harvard Business School professor of leadership and management

From lack of time to lack of C-suite buy-in, there’s no shortage of reasons HR professionals might find themselves feeling more than a little frustrated — or even stuck — in their roles. In fact, in a role as challenging as HR, it would almost be more surprising if this weren’t the case!

However, these feelings need not be permanent. By visualizing the HR profession as a classic hierarchy of needs, you can also visualize your path to its peak, leading to a kind of professional self-actualization or even transcendence. The model for this hierarchy, represented in the form of a pyramid, comes to us from one of the leading lights of 20th-century psychology: Abraham Maslow.

But what do the various levels on the HR hierarchy of needs actually look like? And how easy is it to move from one to the next?

In this episode of of HR Break Room®, host Caleb Masters welcomes Harvard Business School professor Amy Edmondson to discuss:

  • the challenges and roadblocks to self-actualization faced by many HR professionals
  • cultivating the right mindset for surmounting basic needs and safety and security to reach higher, more fulfilling levels on the hierarchy
  • how the right HR technology can make the journey easier

Take an even deeper dive into the HR hierarchy of needs by reading our white paper, The HR Hierarchy of Needs: Achieving Self-Actualization in Your Profession.

May 21, 2021

Guest:

Guy Kawasaki, chief evangelist of Canva

Guy Kawasaki, host of the podcast Guy Kawasaki’s Remarkable People, visits the HR Break Room® to share his unique insights regarding attitudes toward innovation, both as it relates to HR tech and within modern organizations as a whole.

In his position as chief evangelist of Canva, Kawasaki has seen and spearheaded positive changes across a diverse group of entities and understands the unique dynamics that play into organizational transformation.

In this episode, Kawasaki and host Caleb Masters discuss:

  • the shifting role of the HR department in contemporary business
  • making meaning as an essential function of innovation
  • the impact the user experience has on the perception of a company
  • how executives can partner with HR leadership to find the right HR tech for their organization

Learn more about how to foster a culture of innovation in your workplace by reading our white paper, Making the Change: How to Lead a Digital Transformation to Success.

Apr 9, 2021

Guest: 

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

As a challenging year forced more organizations to embrace the reality of the digital transformation in the workplace, how employees incorporate technology into processes becomes more important by the day.

Steve Boese, chair of the HR Technology Conference, returns to the HR Break Room® to discuss the relationship between workplace tech and employees’ frustrations. Boese addresses a new nationwide study by OnePoll that has uncovered some startling statistics about how office workers — both in the office and working remotely — view their options for tech in the workplace and ways for engaged employers to understand these results and move forward.

In this episode, Boese and host Caleb Masters unpack the implications of this information as they discuss:

  • the dissonance between the technology employees encounter in their personal life versus their workplace tech and how this impacts the employee experience
  • the costs associated with inefficient or outdated tech as it relates to productivity and the employee experience
  • the varied benefits arising from effective and efficient workplace technology at all levels of the organization
  • HR’s role in technology selection and how to get C-suite buy-in during that process

Learn more about how to reduce employee frustrations with the right workplace technology by going to paycom.com/frustrations.

Mar 25, 2021

Guest:

Sharlyn Lauby, founder of HR Bartender

The events of 2020 exerted profound shifts in the way we think about work, including the technology we use to get our jobs done. But even as we enter the spring of 2021, a surprising number of organizations lag behind in their prioritization of automated workplace tech.

Meanwhile, remote or hybrid working arrangements pose challenges of their own. For example, in a recent OnePoll survey of American office workers, obtaining timely approvals from managers was cited as the second-biggest challenge for employees working from home.

How can you help ensure your organization is doing everything it can to position itself for success in a time of digital transformation?

In this episode of HR Break Room®, HR Bartender founder Sharlyn Lauby joins host Caleb Masters to discuss:

  • how to harness the digital transformation to give employees what they want and accelerate business goals
  • what remote and hybrid working environments are expected to look like in 2021
  • why the right technology for employees should include tools for managers

Learn more about how to reduce employee frustrations with their workplace technology by checking out our toolkit, The Frustrations Today's Office Workers Have With Workplace Technology.

Mar 12, 2021

Guest:

Justin Cameron, Paycom manager of background check product

The ability to make informed hiring decisions is a crucial part of an effective talent acquisition process because it affects nearly every part of an organization. However, many businesses often overlook the importance of background checks or don’t have the right HR tech to provide necessary information about candidates to help mitigate risks associated with hiring.

Protecting the safety and the culture of an organization begins with the selection process and helps ensure you hire the best individuals to move your company forward.

What should you look for in a background checks software to find and hire top talent?

Join us for episode 93 of HR Break Room® as we discuss:

  • how a quality background checks process improves the candidate and employee experience
  • best practices organizations can use to exercise due diligence in their background checks process
  • why it’s necessary for HR and recruiting teams to easily conduct employment screenings
  • the role reliable technology plays in efficiently moving new hires through the background checks process

Learn how to exercise due diligence with Paycom’s Enhanced Background Checks by reading our case study, How One Software Transformed Background Checks for a Government Contractor.

Feb 12, 2021

Guest:

Adam Grant, organizational psychologist and New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take, Originals and Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know

In episode 91 of HR Break Room®, Adam Grant, organizational psychologist and New York Times bestselling author, joined us to talk about creating a resilient workplace in 2021 in the midst of burnout and fatigue. Throughout the conversation, we received questions from the audience that only Grant could answer.

In today’s digital reality, how can HR lead engagement initiatives to help motivate and retain employees?

In this special follow-up episode of HR Break Room, Grant returns to discuss:

  • common questions about resiliency from the audience
  • how to spot warning signs of employee burnout
  • overcoming the communications gaps in your organization
  • improving processes for employees in an uncertain business environment

Foster a resilient workplace culture by leveraging the digital transformation. Learn how by reading our white paper, Making the Change: How to Lead a Digital Transformation to Success.

Jan 14, 2021

Guest:

Adam Grant, organizational psychologist and New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take, Originals, and Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know

For businesses, 2020 was marked by exponential change. Many HR professionals who were on the front lines leading changes are now dealing with burnout and fatigue.

How can HR teams address burnout and help create a culture of resiliency for a successful 2021?

Few people understand what it takes to overcome unexpected challenges through resiliency and innovation better than Adam Grant, organizational psychologist and New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Option B.

In this episode of HR Break Room®, Grant joins us podcast to discuss:

  • how HR can remain resilient in 2021
  • practical steps to rebuild an organization when Option A is no longer on the table
  • creating psychological safety when your organization experiences unexpected shifts
  • leveraging digital transformation to improve employee buy-in

Foster a resilient workplace culture by leveraging the digital transformation. Learn how by reading our white paper, Making the Change: How to Lead a Digital Transformation to Success.

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