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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 latest buzz surrounding HR and HR tech, one cup of coffee at a time. Hosted by Caleb Masters, HR Break Room brings together industry experts to discuss brewing trends and robust solutions to today’s workplace challenges.

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New Career Beginnings

Guest Hosts:Tiffany Gamblin, Paycom’s HR Benefits Coordinator Christie Yetter, Paycom’s HR Onboarding Specialist Every career starts with a first day of work, but is it always a productive one? In this edition of the HR Break Room, we begin our first podcast miniseries, Life at Work, by talking about the impact a successful onboarding strategy and company introduction can have on a new employee. Whether it is starting the process before their first day, educating them on their benefits options or planning future trainings through the first year, several strategies ensure you keep your new employees engaged and provide a good first impression even before day one. Paycom’s benefits coordinator and onboarding specialist Tiffany Gamblin and Christie Yetter join Caleb and Chelsea in the HR Break Room to talk about tips and strategies toward a successful onboarding strategy. Our Life at Work series will follow HR’s role throughout the life cycle of the employee, from hire to retire. Life at Work will explore the challenges, situations and solutions for training employees, developing managers and establishing a successful off-boarding retirement experience. Thank you for listening! Please RATE, REVIEW and SUBSCRIBE Follow the HR Break Room on Twitter @Paycom Like us on Facebook @Paycom Learn more at paycom.com/hrbreakroom


18 Jan 2017

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HR on Purpose: How to Boost Employee Engagement

Guest: Steve Browne, vice president of human resources at LaRosa’s Pizzeria and author of HR on Purpose: Delivering Deliberate People Passion Today’s competitive marketplace is growing and advancing faster than ever before, thanks to technology. And the demand for a people-first group like HR to step up as leaders in the organization is essential to successful employee retention and engagement initiatives. How can HR create an attractive culture for its workforce, improve the employee experience and meet the organization’s goals? In this episode of HR Break Room, recorded at the Society for Human Resource Management 2019 Annual Conference & Exposition, Steve Browne joins hosts Tiffany Gamblin and Caleb Masters to discuss: why it’s time for HR to transform its role into a strategic business partner how HR can use workplace learning initiatives to help employees become better professionals HR technology that can improve workers’ performance and transform business employee development’s ability to boost engagement and improve retention how HR can drive business results by putting the people first Download our white paper, Discover How E-Learning Technology Drives Business Growth, to learn how to engage your employees, transform your business and improve your bottom line.


3 Dec 2019

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HR Challenges in 2020: How Today’s Issues Impact Tomorrow’s Outcomes

Guest:   Meghan M. Biro, founder and CEO of TalentCulture   Proper planning is fundamental to success, especially for HR business partners (HRBPs) who must be proactive when it comes to addressing workforce challenges, including the first fully digital generation to enter the workforce: Generation Z.   According to Gartner, “organizations that build high-performing HRBPs improve employee performance by up to 22%, employee retention by up to 24%, revenue by up to 7% and profit by up to 9%.”   Are you prepared to be a strategy-focused partner that balances the needs of your current employees while addressing the desires of incoming talent?   In this episode of HR Break Room®, recorded at the 2019 Society for Human Resource Management Annual Conference & Exposition, Meghan M. Biro joins hosts Tiffany Gamblin, Jennifer Kraszewski and Caleb Masters to discuss: the biggest challenges facing HR today that will impact the outcomes of tomorrow what’s stopping your organization from being relevant to potential candidates how to drive the relationship between employee and HR in today’s workplace employee usage and its importance to your organization’s bottom line Learn more about how to be a strategy-focused partner to meet the needs of today’s quickly changing workforce by watching our on-demand webinar, Barbara Corcoran on Change Management and HR’s Emergence as Strategic Leaders.


17 Dec 2019

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Swimming With a Shark: Barbara Corcoran Talks Strategies for Workplace Transformation

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.


24 Sep 2019

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The Future of HR: What Challenges Face the Industry?

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.


5 Nov 2019

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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 HR.com, 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 a step further. Performing HR tasks manually or not letting employees enter their own information costs employers an average of $4.39 for every point of data entry. With the cost of HR tasks becoming more evident and costly in the digital era, what is keeping organizations from making the move to self-service technology? And how can incorporating HR technology streamline processes and save organizations time, money and productivity? In this episode of HR Break Room, host Caleb Masters is joined by a panel of experts to discuss: Ernst & Young's study detailing how manual HR tasks are slowing productivity and costing organizations around the country the costly compliance risks of manually entering data multiple times how HR can help complete the digital transformation within their organization by removing manual tasks with self-service HR software for employees Learn more about how to transform your organization with self-service technology by reading our How to Lead Digital Initiatives in the Workplace white paper.


11 Dec 2018

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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 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.


30 Apr 2019

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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: 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.


13 Feb 2018

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Cy Wakeman - It's an Office, Not a Theater: Managing Workplace Drama

Office drama can be an expensive distraction in your workforce. According to Cy Wakeman’s book No Ego, employees spend nearly three hours each workweek on drama, which costs organizations millions in lost time. Navigating especially toxic office dynamics can be a challenge, even for the best managers. How can HR assist leadership in creating policy that sets the foundation for a drama-free culture? In today’s HR Break Room discussion with special guest Cy Wakeman, author of The New York Times’ best-seller The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace, you will learn: how much workplace drama actually costs an organization the five key sources of office drama how company leadership and HR can work together to strategically minimize workplace drama Learn more about surveying your employees with our "Drive Employees Performance with Surveys" infographic.


29 Aug 2017

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Instilling Loyalty: How HR Influences the Employee Life Cycle

Guest: Trish McFarlane, co-host of the HR Happy Hour podcast The nature of work continues to change at a rapid pace. HR has the unique opportunity to build and influence relationships with members of their workforce, from the onboarding process and continuing through the entire employee life cycle. In this HR Break Room conversation, host Caleb Masters and Paycom HR manager Chanse Moucka are joined by HR Happy Hour co-host Trish McFarlane to discuss: the role HR can play in influencing the experience of employees throughout their life cycle how technology has reshaped the expectations of the workforce over the last 20 years the importance of creating a positive, flexible work environment for millennial and Generation Z employees Learn more about how technology can empower your workforce by reading our How Self-Service Tech Boosts Employee Experience white paper


4 Sep 2018

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Passion and Focus: Inspiring Employee Dedication

Guest: Steve Gilliland, motivational speaker and author of Enjoy the Ride According to a recent study, disengagement among employees nationwide carries a price tag worthy of sticker-shock status: between $450 billion and $550 billion every year. And with 90% of executives reporting that retaining new hires is a difficult issue for their organization, employee engagement has never been more important. In this HR Break Room conversation, motivational speaker Steve Gilliland joins the podcast to discuss: why it’s so critical to attract and recruit the right talent for your workforce the importance of communicating your organization’s purpose to your employees how to engage employees with technology that best suits your business Learn more about strategies to engage your workforce in our Discover What Employees Want white paper.


20 Aug 2018

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Happy Employees: Creating and Sustaining a Thriving Company Culture

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.


10 Sep 2019

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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: 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


21 May 2018

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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 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.


16 Jul 2019

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Beyond 9 to 5: Staying Flexible on Workplace Flexibility

Guest: Jim Reidy, attorney at Sheehan Phinney The term “workplace flexibility” is commonly used to cover a broad number of topics related to compliance with state and federal leave laws. With 32% of millennial or millennial-minded talent ranking more flexible working options as a priority in the 2015/2016 Global Benefits Attitude Survey, what can your organization do to remain compliant and attractive? In this HR Break Room conversation, employment law attorney Jim Reidy rejoins the podcast along with Paycom HR manager Chanse Moucka and host Caleb Masters to discuss: the areas of employment law covered under the term “workplace flexibility” HR should consider the potential risks and benefits of making your organization more flexible how your organization can approach working remotely, parental leave and the Family and Medical Leave Act to remain attractive to today’s top talent Learn more about the advantages of employees taking paid leave, in our Discover the Benefits of Paid Time Off infographic.


13 Aug 2018

Rank #15

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Adam Smiley Poswolsky - Under New Management: The Rise of Millennial Managers and Generation Z

Guest Host: Adam Smiley Poswolsky, Author of The Quarter-Life Break Through Global Workforce Trends reported that by the end of 2017, 3.6 million baby boomers will retire. As they do, more and more millennials will begin transitioning into management roles.  And behind the millennials is the even younger generation –  Generation Z – who are on track to make up 27% by 2030. With a shift in the workforce upon us, what can organizations learn about these new trends to better prepare? Adam Poswolsky, author of The Quarter-Life Breakthrough, rejoins HR Break Room for part two of our discussion on the role of millennials in the workforce. In this episode, you will learn: how millennials are growing into management roles and influencing the workforce the trends and attitudes emerging from Generation Z how organizations can use video to communicate and train the upcoming generation of managers and employees Click here to listen to part one where Adam Smiley Poswolsky talks about building a thriving culture for millennials.  Learn more about using video as a training tool by reading our “Workplace Learning: How Businesses Can Ace It” infographic. Thank you for listening! Please RATE, REVIEW and SUBSCRIBE. Follow the HR Break Room on Twitter @Paycom Like us on Facebook @Paycom Learn more at paycom.com/hrbreakroom


31 Jul 2017

Rank #16

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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 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.


9 Jan 2018

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Leading the Millennial Generation with Technology in 2017

Guest Host: Jeff York, Paycom chief sales officer We conclude HR Break Room’s “Life at Work” series by taking a look at the role of HR technology in managing and engaging the millennial workforce. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, millennials will make up 50 percent of the workforce by 2020, so organizations nationwide seek the tools and strategies to adapt to this historical shift in talent management. In this episode, Caleb and Chelsea talk with Paycom’s chief sales officer, Jeff York, about his experience leading millennials in his salesforce. They discuss the benefits and traits of the millennial workforce, how technology engages this newly dominant generation of employees and successful strategies for HR professionals. 


27 Feb 2017

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#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: 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.


8 Mar 2018

Rank #19

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Adam Smiley Poswolsky - A Hire Purpose: Build a Thriving Culture for Millennials

Guest Host: Adam Smiley Poswolsky, Author of The Quarter-Life Breakthrough According to Pew research, in 2015, the millennial labor force surpassed Generation X as the largest in the workforce. Understanding their needs will be critical in motivating and retaining the employees of today and the future. Adam Poswolsky, author of The Quarter-Life Breakthrough, joins HR Break Room for a special two-part conversation to discuss the needs and demands of millennials in today’s workplace. In part one of this HR Break Room conversation, you will learn: the importance of giving millennials a purpose-driven culture why it’s better to create a transparent workplace environment that’s open to new ideas how easy-to-use technology is essential to attracting and retaining the very best millennial workers Learn more about communicating with employees in our “Drive Performance with Employee Surveys” infographic. Thank you for listening! Please RATE, REVIEW and SUBSCRIBE. Follow the HR Break Room on Twitter @Paycom Like us on Facebook @Paycom Learn more at paycom.com/hrbreakroom


18 Jul 2017

Rank #20