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The HR Break Room is a podcast from your friends working in Human Resources dedicated to bringing you the stories, tips and strategies you need to support the future of your people in the age of new HR technology. Hosted by Caleb Masters and Chelsea Justice, the HR Break Room brings together HR tech industry experts to discuss the latest trends, challenges and solutions emerging in the everyday workplace.

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The HR Break Room is a podcast from your friends working in Human Resources dedicated to bringing you the stories, tips and strategies you need to support the future of your people in the age of new HR technology. Hosted by Caleb Masters and Chelsea Justice, the HR Break Room brings together HR tech industry experts to discuss the latest trends, challenges and solutions emerging in the everyday workplace.

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Great Job

By Mary Jo Norman - Dec 13 2018
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Enjoyed the talk today with Sam Norman/Ernst & Young research.

Caleb Masters

By JWA-3 - Aug 23 2018
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Caleb is killing it! He’s like a young Paul Harvey!

iTunes Ratings

64 Ratings
Average Ratings
60
2
0
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Great Job

By Mary Jo Norman - Dec 13 2018
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Enjoyed the talk today with Sam Norman/Ernst & Young research.

Caleb Masters

By JWA-3 - Aug 23 2018
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Caleb is killing it! He’s like a young Paul Harvey!
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HR Break Room

Latest release on Feb 20, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Sparking a Revolution: Create a Remarkable Workplace Culture Through Learning

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Guest:

David Salyers, former vice president of marketing at Chick-fil-A and co-author of Remarkable: Maximizing Results Through Value Creation

In today’s competitive market, falling behind on employee training trends can leave your organization scrambling to keep top talent. To make matters worse, a poor employee experience can create a less productive culture and harm the employer brand.

Unsurprisingly, the most productive workplace for employers and employees has a culture of high employee development, according to Gallup research.  

How can HR leverage learning platforms and employee training programs to create an attractive employer brand and culture of productivity?

In this episode of HR Break Room, Salyers joins hosts Jennifer Kraszewski and Caleb Masters to discuss:

  • leveraging training opportunities to create a meaningful employer brand
  • how to provide two-dimensional growth through training and development
  • positioning HR as a strategic, people-first group within the organization
  • creating a winning ecosystem by fostering a remarkable workplace culture

To learn more about cultivating a culture for your organization, read our white paper, Discover Who Owns Your Employer Brand.

Nov 19 2019

33mins

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Rank #2: The Future of HR: What Challenges Face the Industry?

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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.

Nov 05 2019

24mins

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Rank #3: Wishing You Well: Wellness and Ergonomics in the Workplace

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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.

Jan 09 2018

29mins

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Rank #4: Swimming With a Shark: Barbara Corcoran Talks Strategies for Workplace Transformation

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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 24 2019

33mins

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Rank #5: Dr. Larry Barton - Safety First: Proactive Crisis Management

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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. Larry Barton, the highest rated instructor at the FBI Academy and U.S. Marshall Service, joins HR Break Room host Caleb Masters and guest Jason Bodin to talk about how organizations can ensure they are prepared in case of a workplace threat. In this episode Dr. Barton will:

  • define what types of scenarios qualify as a workplace crisis
  • discuss how to identify the warning signs of individuals who may be a threat to your organization
  • establish best practices for creating a crisis plan that includes executive leadership, security and local law enforcement
  • determine the role of training and simulation in preparing for workplace threats
  • examine strategies employers can use to mitigate exposure to dangerous personnel

Apr 24 2018

39mins

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Rank #6: New FLSA Rule: Preparing Your Business for Overtime Changes Ahead

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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 16 2019

19mins

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Rank #7: Leading the Millennial Generation with Technology in 2017

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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. 

Feb 27 2017

28mins

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Rank #8: Out With the Old: New Study Proves the Case for Utilizing HR Tech

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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.

Dec 11 2018

43mins

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Rank #9: No Hard Feelings: What HR Can Do to Foster Emotional Positivity at Work

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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 30 2019

29mins

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Rank #10: Adam Smiley Poswolsky - A Hire Purpose: Build a Thriving Culture for Millennials

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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.

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Learn more at paycom.com/hrbreakroom

Jul 18 2017

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Rank #11: Experts Answer: Your Sexual Harassment Policy Questions

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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 Break Room assembled a panel of leaders from Paycom’s legal and HR departments.

In this episode of HR Break Room, hosts Caleb Masters and Braeden Fair are joined by three Paycom executives to field listener inquiries related to:

  • creating safe and fair policies that protect employees and the organization
  • best practices for incorporating and utilizing anonymous reports in those policies
  • training contractors and volunteers on sexual harassment policies
  • handling sexual harassment cases that occur outside normal work hours or between an employee and a nonemployee

To learn more on this issue, access Paycom’s free webinar, A Safer Workplace: Discussing Sexual Harassment, on demand.

May 08 2018

26mins

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Rank #12: What's My Motivation? Understanding Intrinsic and Extrinsic Values at Work

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Guest Host: Stacey Pezold, Chief Learning Officer, Paycom

HR Break Room concludes its “What Employees Want” series by talking about the differences between intrinsic and extrinsic motivators with Paycom’s chief learning officer, Stacey Pezold.

Intrinsic motivators are important, yet often overlooked. Employees whose work is acknowledged are 47% more productive and, according to Gallup, companies with productive and engaged employees have 147% higher earnings per share than their competition. Even though it pays to give your employees what they really want, many organizations still neglect the intrinsic piece essential to creating a motivated workforce.

In this episode of HR Break Room with Stacey Pezold, you will:

  • Learn about three key motivators intrinsic to every employee.
  • Discuss the importance of listening to the intrinsic needs of employees.
  • Discover how to use learning to engage employees to build intrinsic interest in their work.

Learn more by downloading our "Do Your Employees Feel Empowered?" 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

Apr 25 2017

20mins

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Rank #13: Grit and Determination: Leadership Lessons from Minkah Fitzpatrick

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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 interview, we will discuss:

  • leadership lessons from Minkah
  • what makes an organization attractive to today's top talent
  • how grit and determination are key traits to a successful team or organization

Learn more about how to find and recruit top talent like Minkah by reading our Discover Better Candidates By Automating the Recruitment Process executive summary.

Feb 20 2018

14mins

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Rank #14: Sharlyn Lauby - How to Unlock a Culture of Communication

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Sharlyn Lauby, Founder of HR Bartender

HR Break Room continues its “What Employees Want” series by discussing how feedback and clear communication can help reduce turnover, with special guest Sharlyn Lauby from HR Bartender.

One of the best ways to combat turnover is by creating a culture that facilitates consistent, two-way communication, and empowers teams to successfully acknowledge and implement feedback.

In this episode of HR Break Room with HR Bartender’s Sharlyn Lauby, you will:

  • learn why you must have a defined communication strategy
  • uncover the three different characteristics of good feedback
  • master the surveying skills needed to gather actionable insight for your organization

Learn more about the benefits of employee feedback 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

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Learn more at paycom.com/hrbreakroom

Apr 10 2017

26mins

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Rank #15: Awaken Your Recruiting Force With a Strong Employer Brand

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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 Technologies, joins us to look at what one of the year’s most anticipated movies can tell us about the employer brand. In this conversation, we discuss:

  • what the employer brand entails and why it matters
  • the importance of keeping your employer brand transparent and true to your organization’s culture
  • how to ensure your employer brand stays away from the dark side in order to attract the right people

Learn more about your employer brand by taking our quiz.

Dec 12 2017

28mins

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Rank #16: Passion and Focus: Inspiring Employee Dedication

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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.

Aug 20 2018

12mins

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Rank #17: Engaged to Be Engaged: Your Workforce Wants Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

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Guest Host:

Heidi Lively, Paycom’s director of new client setup

Disengagement costs the U.S. economy up to $550 billion per year. That’s more than the gross domestic product of Georgia — the state and the country! What is it costing your company? It pays to learn more about about your people, but you may have to look beyond survey results to find out what really drives employee engagement.

In today’s episode of HR Break Room, Caleb and Chelsea continue the “What Employees Want” series by talking with Paycom’s director of new client setup, Heidi Lively, about the essential needs of every employee through Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Listen to learn about how security, recognition and self-actualization impact your workforce.

Learn more by reading our new "What Employees Want" white paper.

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

Mar 28 2017

18mins

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Rank #18: Instilling Loyalty: How HR Influences the Employee Life Cycle

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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

Sep 04 2018

17mins

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Rank #19: Level Up: John C. Maxwell on the 5 Levels of Leadership

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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

May 21 2018

37mins

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Rank #20: Philosophies of Modern Leadership: How to Manage Change Management

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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 27 2019

22mins

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