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SHRM 2018 Preview

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...


Level Up: John C. Maxwell on the 5 Levels of Leadership

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: Learn even more...


Experts Answer: Your Sexual Harassment Policy Questions

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...


Dr. Larry Barton - Safety First: Proactive Crisis Management

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....


Slam Dunk: Defining Game-Winning Core Values

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...


Culture Dish: A Conversation on Measuring Employee Culture

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...


#LadyBoss: Identify and Develop Female Leadership

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: Learn more about...


California Dreaming: Why This State's Laws Matter Nationwide

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...


Grit and Determination: Leadership Lessons from Minkah Fitzpatrick

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...


When Cupid Strikes: Managing Workplace Love

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: Learn more about communicating policy to your workforce in our whitepaper, Discover Fueling Employee...


Action and Interaction 2018: Swaying Consumer Behavior and Fostering Collaboration

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...


Wishing You Well: Wellness and Ergonomics in the Workplace

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...


Awaken Your Recruiting Force With a Strong Employer Brand

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...


Holidays, Not Holidaze: The Dos and Don’ts of Work Parties

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...


‘Tis the Season: Retaining Top Performing Seasonal Employees

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...


Pursuing Your Leadership Potential: How the Best Can Be Better

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: Additionally, you...


HR Nightmares: Ghostly Office Tales

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...


Sexual Harassment: Making the Work Place a Safe Space

Guests: Jessica Miller-Merrell, Founder of Tony Puckett, attorney at MacAfee & 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...


Perk Up: Coffee in the Office Make a Latte Difference

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...


Mihir Desai - Dollars and Sense: Financial Literacy for the Millennial Workforce

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...