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Preparing for the Future of HR Tech

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...


Disrupting HR: The Benefits of Creating a Culture of Innovation

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 How can HR disrupt the status quo and challenge outdated processes to become leaders in their workplace?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...


New FLSA Rule: Preparing Your Business for Overtime Changes Ahead

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...


SHRM 2019 Recap

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...


SHRM 2019 Preview

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...


Staying Power: How to Bond With Your Top Performers

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: To learn...


Working Wonders: HR’s Case for Going Digital

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...


From Go-Between to Go-Getter: Going Beyond the Middle to the Forefront of HR

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...


No Hard Feelings: What HR Can Do to Foster Emotional Positivity at Work

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...


Hire Level: Tech’s Role in Today’s Recruiting and Onboarding

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...


Talent Pool: How Diverse Skill Sets Bring Depth to Your Organization

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: successful...


A Perfect Fit: How a Winning Culture Creates a Winning Team

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 LinkedIn, 80% 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...


Hiring in the Digital Age: How Performance-Based Hiring Helps Recruiting

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...


HR as Intended: The Value of Employee Self-Service Technology

Guest: Dave Zielinski, business writer for HR Magazine and 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...


Talent Management: How HR Technology Transforms the Employee Experience

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...


On the Money: Making the Case for Financial Wellness Programs at Your Business

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...


The Revolution Is Underway: Catch up to the HR Digital Transformation

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...


’Tis the Season: Unwrapping the Keys to Employee Morale

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...


Out With the Old: New Study Proves the Case for Utilizing HR Tech

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, 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...


Spirits Lifted: How EAPs Help Elevate Your Workforce

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 ...