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. HR Break Room brings together industry experts to discuss brewing trends and robust solutions to today’s workplace challenges.
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Feb 16, 2024

As employees place an ever-increasing premium on work-life balance and mental health, time off plays an even more significant role in the modern workplace. That’s why it’s essential that the modern HR professional stay abreast of the terms, nuances and technology surrounding this benefits staple.

Trish Steed, co-founder of H3 HR Advisors joins the HR Break Room® podcast to break down the many factors of the common benefits program.

Steed brings industry insight and first-hand experience as she discusses the future of benefits, mental health, PTO policies, unpaid time off, employee vacation blackout periods and more. Drawing from her own experience, Steed also examines how automation and the right tech helps HR professionals streamline their work and uncover greater efficiency.

Trish Steed and our host will discuss:

  • the latest in HR technology and automation
  • the future of work
  • the nuances surrounding time-off approvals
  • time-off policy samples
  • preventing burnout
Jan 26, 2024

Delayed time-off decisions can create an avalanche of problems. Scheduling is slowed down, budgeting is hampered, employee trust may erode and the risk of non-compliance fines grow ever larger. Nobody wants time-off requests to languish in limbo — and for good reason!

In this episode of the HR Break Room® podcast, HR Technology Conference co-chair Steve Boese shares his take on where pain points may arise in the time-off process when things aren’t automated, the realities of staffing shortages and more.

Listen in as Steve Boese discusses:

·       the ins and outs of automated time-off request decision-making
·       maintaining the human touch as you embrace automation
·       developments in HR technology and the future of work
·       ensuring fairness and reducing bias in time-off decision making
·       the benefits of automated time-off tracking

Jan 5, 2024

LinkedIn’s first chief HR officer, Steve Cadigan, continues his HR Break Room® visit with a discussion about employee well-being and the idea of workplace wellness. He examines wellness in a professional context and shares ways employers can support their teams.


Cadigan earned his workplace culture expertise overseeing LinkedIn’s recruitment, engagement and culture strategies during a period of tenfold growth. He’s an avid proponent of in-person workplaces, a topic he took on in his bestselling 2021 book, Workquake.


In this second episode of his two-part discussion, Cadigan addresses:

·        wellness in the workplace

·        mental health and employee well-being

·        the importance of a healthy workplace culture 

·        employee wellness programs and human connection in the workplace

Dec 8, 2023

Most people understand that diversity and inclusion in the workplace are important, but can we do more than simply recognizing this as a fact? Is it possible to leverage diversity and inclusion to build a positive organizational culture, improve work quality and increase productivity?

LinkedIn’s first chief HR officer, Steve Cadigan, joins the HR Break Room® podcast to answer questions about investing in the diversity of your workplace.

Cadigan earned his workplace-culture expertise as he oversaw LinkedIn’s recruitment, engagement and culture strategies during a period of tenfold growth. He’s an avid proponent of in-person workplaces, a topic he took on in his bestselling 2021 book, Workquake.

In the first episode of this two-part discussion, Cadigan discusses:

  • diversity in the workplace
  • leveraging your workforce
  • the future of work
  • the significance of investing in your people
  • cultivating a richer human experience
Nov 17, 2023

Stress has a sneaky way of turning into burnout before we can recognize the symptoms and take steps to protect our mental wellness. Can cutting-edge science help us regain some of our lost calm?


For that answer, we turned to a leading scientist.


Astrophysicist, author and all-around science ambassador Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ph.D., visits the HR Break Room® to take on the myth of multitasking. Multitasking can lower productivity, increase the amount of time needed to complete a task, create stress and lead to burnout. We often think of multitasking within the context of work; however, this applies to all areas of life.


Technology is often seen as the cause of excessive multitasking in our busy lives, but these modern tools may also provide the solution as we look for ways to cope in these times of information saturation.


Tyson discusses ways to identify the onset of burnout and proven strategies for reducing stress and recovering the ability to think clearly and effectively.


Want to learn more about how multitasking at work may be contributing to cognitive overload in your workplace? Read our blog post!

Nov 3, 2023

With so many administrative duties on HR’s plates, multitasking can quickly give way to mental exhaustion and cognitive overload. The solution? Automating basic HR and payroll tasks!


In the evolving world of work, automation is a double-edged sword. Sure, it opens doors to better, more efficient HR processes. But it can also introduce complex challenges.


Join Steve Boese, HR Technology Conference chair, on a journey through the world of HR automation. We’ll address the fundamental questions around the concept and how it redefines the employee experience.


In this episode of HR Break Room®, we’ll explore how to:

  • free HR, create efficiencies and inspire forward-thinking leadership through task automation
  • embrace HR automation, avoid common pitfalls and maintain the human touch
  • simplify data management, onboarding and HR analytics with automation 

We’ve come a long way since the Industrial Revolution. From the electronic semiconductor to employee-guided payroll, read the story of HR automation.

Oct 11, 2023

As AI and other technologies continue their rapid advance, effective cybersecurity that can evolve with the times becomes equally important.  

In comes John Riggi veteran FBI agent, senior representative to the CIA, a member of the White House Cyber Response Group and the American Hospital Association’s very first advisor for cybersecurity and risk. With years of experience in a variety of fields, Riggi visits  HR Break Room® to discuss all things cybersecurity.


Riggi and host Morgan Beard discuss the critical importance of data security in the sphere of payroll and HCM. Riggi also offers tips for business leaders who want to stay ahead of the curve to protect themselves, their employees and their customers.


Key takeaways from this episode of the  HR Break Room include:

·      understanding the importance of cybersecurity

·      securing data through internal controls

·      actionable tips for business leaders rethinking their cybersecurity measures

Jun 8, 2023

In order to create opportunities for transformational success, your employees first must have the freedom to be themselves. Emotional transparency and inclusivity are key to achieve this, and no person has demonstrated these values quite like Robin Roberts, the versatile co-anchor of the top-rated morning news program, ABC’s Good Morning America.


In this previously recorded episode of HR Break Room®, Roberts shares her perspective on the many obstacles employees may encounter and how to use that adversity to succeed in the workplace. Her unique story paves the way to opening a new conversation centered on efforts extending beyond the traditional definitions of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.


Join us as Roberts recounts her path from small-town Mississippi to inspiring millions daily nationwide by sharing her journey, and ways she has worked to provide others a sense of psychological safety and well-being in the workplace.


Key takeaways

·        A workplace can create a safe environment to support its employees through adversity.

·        Transparency benefits people in both their personal and professional development.

·        How to move past the idea that diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging efforts are more than just boxes to be checked, and move toward a more holistic, personal approach.

May 23, 2023

Guest: Futurist Mike Walsh

You may have heard about it at work or on the news. It’s artificial intelligence or “AI” for short — a complex subject that’s still evolving. While some people express concern, others are optimistic and excited. Regardless of the hype or the pundits’ daily hot take, the future of work is something nearly everyone is experiencing in real time.


Futurist Mike Walsh has been a leading authority on disruptive innovation and digital transformation. In this episode of the HR Break Room® podcast, he uses his expertise to break down all things AI and technology as he helps clarify what we can expect in the workplace during these interesting times.


Listen as Walsh and host Morgan Beard discuss:

·        the quickly evolving landscape of work

·        how AI will impact the workplace

·        leadership challenges arising from digital transformation

May 9, 2023

Starting a business can be scary, especially when you step outside a successful career for the unknowns of entrepreneurship. That’s exactly what Academy Award-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow did when she founded the lifestyle brand Goop.


What started as a simple newsletter in 2008 grew into an industry-leading wellness operation and a source for unique, innovative approaches to health. Goop exists to enrich its customers just as its CEO aspires to enrich her employees’ experience in the workplace.


In this episode of HR Break Room®, Paltrow discusses her company’s journey and how crucial genuine employee investment is for any growing business.


Key takeaways

·        Defining the crucial first steps of building your own business

·        Inspiring and empowering your employees

·        Understanding how employee investment benefits the company

Mar 7, 2023

Guest: Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour

As part of our observance of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, we wanted to hear from someone who has played a substantial role in that history.

Meet Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour, America’s first Black woman combat pilot. That’s a big first for aviation, but it isn’t the only first in her exciting, groundbreaking story.

FlyGirl joins host Morgan Beard in the HR Break Room®, to discuss her gutsy, trailblazing path from the Nashville Police Department to two tours in Iraq and beyond.

In this candid conversation, FlyGirl touches on:

  • overcoming the obstacles of gender equity in the workplace
  • breaking through old fears and paradigms
  • holding business leaders accountable for diversity and inclusion efforts
Feb 15, 2023

Guest: Steve Boese, H3 HR Advisors

 In a new nationwide study, Ernst & Young (EY) revealed the high cost of common payroll errors under the traditional system. On average, fixing a single payroll mistake costs a company $291.

The cost isn’t simply financial. Organizations also pay in time spent fixing these errors and managing the fallout they create. EY found, on average, a full-time payroll employee spends nearly 29 workweeks on corrections.

In this episode of HR Break Room®, H3 HR Advisors co-founder Steve Boese joins host Morgan Beard to dig in to the EY study and break it all down. Listen as they:

·        react to the study’s key findings

·        discuss how payroll errors harm the employee experience

·        examine the impact of payday accuracy on HR productivity

·        offer strategies for avoiding payroll errors

Dec 6, 2022

Guest: David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe

In this episode of the HR Break Room® podcast, host Morgan Beard sits down with Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss to discuss Oklahoma native, athlete and sports legend Jim Thorpe.

Maraniss shares insights on workplace leadership, inclusion and determination he learned as he wrote the biography Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe.

Maraniss and Beard also touch on the values Thorpe demonstrated throughout his life and how he continues to inspire today as the namesake of the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award.

In this episode, Maraniss discusses:

  • perseverance as a leadership trait
  • the wide-reaching impact of Thorpe’s athletic career
  • Thorpe’s legacy as a pioneer of diversity and inclusion
Nov 22, 2022

Guest: Candace Nelson, author and founder of Sprinkles Cupcakes

Candace Nelson, entrepreneur, author and founder of Sprinkles Cupcakes, makes her first visit to the HR Break Room® podcast. From a self-made pastry chef to a permanent judging spot on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, Candace Nelson has rewritten the recipe on turning a passion into a successful career.

After opening the world’s first cupcake bakery in 2005, Nelson continued to grow, becoming an angel investor and author of two books, the most recent being Sweet Success: A Simple Recipe to Turn your Passion into Profit, hitting shelves in November 2022.

Candace joins host Morgan Beard to discuss her first foray in the cupcake market, women in entrepreneurship and how shaping her own mindset was instrumental to her success.

In this episode of HR Break Room, Nelson discusses:

  • how mindset plays a role in entrepreneurship
  • tackling imposter syndrome
  • female representation in the startup and venture capital arena
Nov 15, 2022

Guests: Christie Schmidt, manager of HRIS, and Sarah Johnson, payroll supervisor

What if there were a way to fix a problem before it became a problem? Paycom’s Beti guides employees to do just that.

With Beti, employees find and fix potential problems ahead of unpleasant payday surprises. Christie Schmidt, Paycom’s manager of HRIS, and Sarah Johnson, payroll supervisor, join Morgan Beard to highlight industry-first technology and why it’s vital to millions of employees.

In this episode of HR Break Room®, Schmidt and Johnson discuss:

  • the consequences employees may face without Beti
  • how Beti simplifies life for employees and employers
  • misconceptions around employees doing their own payroll

For more on Beti, check out our recent blog where renowned real estate investor and consultant Barbara Corcoran discusses the advantage of employee-driven payroll

Nov 8, 2022

Guest: AJ Griffin, Paycom’s director of government and community affairs

An expanding company brings excitement, hope and, of course, growing pains. AJ Griffin, Paycom’s director of government and community affairs, joins host Morgan Beard to discuss the obstacles a business faces as it grows.

In this episode of HR Break Room®, Griffin explains:

  • the most important considerations for business growth
  • the difference between federal and state compliance regulations
  • how businesses can keep up with regulatory changes

For more on how growing companies can reduce the risk of audits and penalties, check out our on-demand webinar, Scaling for Success: HR Compliance for Now and the Future

Oct 25, 2022


Steve Boese and Trish McFarlane of H3HR

Mark Stelzner and Kimberly Carroll of IA

Stacey Harris of Sapient Insights Group

HR Tech is one of the biggest and most prestigious human resource conferences in the world, bringing the industry’s top thought leaders to the forefront.

HR Break Room®’s Morgan Beard sat down with several guests during this year’s conference to talk about the importance of HR tech and HR’s place in the world today.

In this “best of” compilation from Las Vegas, Morgan speaks with Steve Boese and Trish McFarlane of H3HR, Mark Stelzner and Kimberly Carroll of IA and Stacey Harris of Sapient Insights Group.

The conversations cover a wide array of topics including:

  • the importance of HR Technology Conference
  • how the world of HR is changing
  • how companies can best prepare for the future
Oct 18, 2022

Guest: Ben Brooks, founder and CEO of PILOT

As a part of Paycom’s HR Tech series, HR Break Room®’s Morgan Beard sat down with Ben Brooks, an executive coach and thought leader, for a wide-ranging conversation in Las Vegas.

From HR practitioner to the founder of his own company, PILOT, Brooks taps into his expertise of career coaching to discuss the state of HR, the workplace and the future of both.

“Work can be a transformative, exciting place where we meet best friends and have these transformative, amazing experiences. But it takes each one of us being a real active owner in our careers,” Brooks said.

In this episode of HR Break Room, Brooks discusses the:

  • importance of career development in regards to retention
  • difference between the “great resignation” and “quiet quitting”
  • blurring of work-life balance
Oct 4, 2022

Guest: Kim Hancock, vice president of human resources

When you’re a state-of-the-art aviation company, streamlined and reliable processes are essential in everything you do. And when safety is absolutely critical during every part of your process, eliminating distractions and inefficiencies can have an enormous impact felt by everyone in the organization.

As the vice president of human resources for a large firm that repairs and tests commercial aircraft engines, Kim Hancock has helped her workplace achieve next-level productivity and safety increases. Due in large part to a solid HR technology strategy including employee-driven payroll, Hancock and her organization empowered employees with innovative tech that helped them stay focused on their vital work of maintaining and testing aircraft engines.

Key Takeaways

In this episode of HR Break Room®, host Morgan Beard sits down with Kim Hancock, an aerospace manufacturer’s vice president of HR, to discuss:

  • the importance of HR tech from someone with hands-on implementation experience
  • how HR tech impacts employee engagement, company efficiency and even safety
  • why corporate culture and employee experience are directly linked to the quality and effectiveness of workplace technology
Sep 20, 2022

Guest: Seth Mattison, Future of Work Keynote Speaker

2020 reshaped norms across society, including unprecedented dynamics in the workplace. Two years later, the dust has settled and a new question has emerged: What is the future of work?

Business strategist Seth Mattison has spent his career researching how the world of work is changing. According to him, we’re building the workplace of the future right now.

“We are the architects of what the future of work is going to look like, and I think it’s really important for all of us to take ownership,” Mattison said.

In this episode of HR Break Room®, Mattison discusses:

  • how workforces can become future-ready
  • generational dynamics and their impact moving forward
  • the importance of employee engagement

To learn more about the future of work, watch our on-demand webinar, Employee Engagement: Strategies for Success With Seth Mattison.

Sep 6, 2022


Adam Ballard, VP of Marketing

Casey Twenter, Senior Creative Director

From TikTok to TV, Paycom has partnered with influencer Corporate Natalie to reach audiences nationwide with its message on the power of employee-driven payroll through Beti®. But how did these efforts come to fruition?

Paycom’s vice president of marketing Adam Ballard and Casey Twenter, senior creative director, join host Morgan Beard for a discussion on what it takes to make these campaigns happen.

“One of the things I really enjoy most about working on a brand like Paycom is we’re really limited only by our own imagination of where we could go,” Ballard said.

In this episode of HR Break Room®, Ballard and Twenter discuss:

  • nuances of the creative process
  • the importance of resonating with the right audience
  • concepts on marketing innovative technology
  • how employees do their own payroll with Paycom
Aug 22, 2022

Guest: Sharlyn Lauby, consultant and HR Bartender founder

The future of work is changing, but what does that mean for current and future employees?

In this episode of HR Break Room®, training consultant and HR Bartender founder Sharlyn Lauby discusses the role of learning and development programs and how they’re adapting to the ever-changing work landscape. Lauby offers her take on how these programs must be flexible to all employees, regardless of generation or skill level.

To learn more about the evolution of learning and development, watch our on-demand webinar, From Training to Thriving: Sharlyn Lauby’s Keys to a Skilled Workforce.

Aug 3, 2022


Tiffany McGowen, VP of Talent Acquisition

Jennifer Mathew, Manager of Talent Acquisition

Paycom’s Tiffany McGowen and Jennifer Mathew join host Morgan Beard to discuss talent acquisition in an ever-changing marketplace.

“The first thing is acknowledging that we know it’s a different market,” said Mathew, Paycom’s manager of talent acquisition. “What we did yesterday might not work today, and what we do today might not work tomorrow.”

McGowen, Paycom’s vice president of talent acquisition, shared similar sentiments regarding the future of hiring. “Just seek first to understand, and then build your strategy to react and react quickly, but don't overreact,” she said.

With so much unknown, it’s essential to be proactive with talent acquisition management, but finding a starting point can be challenging.

In this episode of HR Break Room®, McGowen and Mathew discuss:

  • the current state of recruiting and candidate markets
  • what candidates want from prospective positions
  • recruiting efficiently in a hot labor market

For more on how recruiters can attract and retain top talent, check out our blog post, Securing Top Talent With Unconventional Benefits.

Jul 19, 2022


Jenn Lim, CEO of Delivering Happiness

Happiness at home carries over into our professional lives, but what happens at work may affect us more than we realize.

CEO and bestselling author Jenn Lim says, “If you have a sense of purpose or you're actually working on the path of a purpose, that actually can increase your odds of being sustainably happy over time.”

In this episode of HR Break Room®, Lim discusses discovering one's personal purpose and how that ties into the workplace. She breaks down the techniques for getting started on discovering that purpose and how organizations can help their workforce in this effort.

To learn more about how employee purpose impacts workplace culture, visit our on-demand webinar, Real Talk on Employee Purpose and Values With Jenn Lim.

Jun 30, 2022

Guest Host:

Steve Boese, H3 HR co-founder and At Work in America podcast co-host


Tiffany McGowen, Paycom’s vice president of talent acquisition

Tiffany Gamblin, Paycom’s director of HR business services

In today’s world of work, employees are engaging with workplace technology that is evolving faster than ever before. As such, organizations are figuring out how to best align their workforce with that technology while making it an enjoyable and engaging experience.

In this episode of HR Break Room, guest host and H3 HR co-founder Steve Boese sits down with Paycom’s vice president of talent acquisition, Tiffany McGowen, and Tiffany Gamblin, Paycom’s director of HR business services, to consider:

  • the role of workplace tech and how HR and talent acquisition can bridge the gap between tech and the organization at large
  • strategies for providing employees with a better workplace tech experience
  • how to give employees the technology they need to effectively do their jobs
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