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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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Sep 15, 2021

Beti™, Paycom’s industry-first, employee-driven payroll experience, is making waves in the HR technology industry. Recently named a Top HR Product of 2021 by Human Resource Executive magazine, Beti is revolutionizing how organizations view payday by putting the power of payroll in employees’ hands.

In this HR Break Room Take 5, host Caleb Masters consults Steve Boese, HR Technology Conference Program Chair, and Barbara Corcoran, famed investor and personality, about what this innovation means for HR and business as a whole. We also hear from Alex, an HR professional who recently elevated their organization through the power of Beti.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • why employees should have the ability to do their own payroll
  • how Beti can leverage payroll accuracy and help reduce errors
  • the immediate benefit of Beti through a first-person account
  • how Beti can empower businesses of all sizes

Ready to step into the future of Payroll? Learn more by heading over to paycom.com/beti

Aug 6, 2021

Guest:

Nicholas Bloom, William Eberle Professor of Economics at Stanford University

According to Stanford economist Nicholas Bloom, “the fully remote plane is about to crash. I’m surprised it’s lasted this long — probably only due to the social capital we’ve built prior to the pandemic.” He now believes “hybrid is really the sweet spot long-term.”

Bloom has studied remote-work practices worldwide, and his research offers a clear-eyed understanding of the dynamics at play for both employees and leadership in remote and hybrid workforces. He has seen the struggles along with the big wins across a variety of industries, and his analysis of recent events provides a path for the future.

In this episode of HR Break Room®, Bloom joins host Caleb Masters to discuss:

  • the benefits and challenges of remote, hybrid and fully on-site working models
  • how demographics affect the success of a hybrid workforce
  • the importance of objective performance metrics for remote and hybrid workforces
  • the unintended HR liabilities arising from remote-work practices

Learn more insights about the current state of hybrid, remote and fully on-site workforce by attending our on demand webinar, Workplace of the Future: Remote Work and the Hybrid Workforce.

Jul 14, 2021

Guests:

Hill Harper, best-selling author, philanthropist and star of ABC’s The Good Doctor

AJ Griffin, Paycom director of governmental and community affairs

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission is building the Greenwood Rising history center, a state-of-the-art institution that creates an immersive educational experience to educate visitors about this historic event and honor the legacy of Black Wall Street. To support the cause, the Centennial Commission received contributions from Paycom as part of an ongoing giving campaign in which employees have the opportunity to donate to a variety of local and national causes.

Hill Harper’s philanthropic work with the Centennial Commission and position in the media give him unique insight into nonprofit fundraising and the economic realities of the minority communities he serves.

In this episode of HR Break Room®, Hill, Griffin and host Caleb Masters discuss:

  • using technology to foster a philanthropic culture
  • how corporate giving can boost employee morale and strengthen the employer brand
  • funding challenges faced by smaller philanthropic organizations
  • how technology can help reduce barriers of entry that keep people from retaining and creating wealth

Hear more insights from Hill Harper related to breaking down organizational barriers and defeating fear by watching our on-demand webinar, A Culture of Innovation: Strategies for Promoting Inclusion and Defeating Fear With Hill Harper.

Jun 10, 2021

Guest:

Amy Edmondson, Ph.D., Harvard Business School professor of leadership and management

From lack of time to lack of C-suite buy-in, there’s no shortage of reasons HR professionals might find themselves feeling more than a little frustrated — or even stuck — in their roles. In fact, in a role as challenging as HR, it would almost be more surprising if this weren’t the case!

However, these feelings need not be permanent. By visualizing the HR profession as a classic hierarchy of needs, you can also visualize your path to its peak, leading to a kind of professional self-actualization or even transcendence. The model for this hierarchy, represented in the form of a pyramid, comes to us from one of the leading lights of 20th-century psychology: Abraham Maslow.

But what do the various levels on the HR hierarchy of needs actually look like? And how easy is it to move from one to the next?

In this episode of of HR Break Room®, host Caleb Masters welcomes Harvard Business School professor Amy Edmondson to discuss:

  • the challenges and roadblocks to self-actualization faced by many HR professionals
  • cultivating the right mindset for surmounting basic needs and safety and security to reach higher, more fulfilling levels on the hierarchy
  • how the right HR technology can make the journey easier

Take an even deeper dive into the HR hierarchy of needs by reading our white paper, The HR Hierarchy of Needs: Achieving Self-Actualization in Your Profession.

May 21, 2021

Guest:

Guy Kawasaki, chief evangelist of Canva

Guy Kawasaki, host of the podcast Guy Kawasaki’s Remarkable People, visits the HR Break Room® to share his unique insights regarding attitudes toward innovation, both as it relates to HR tech and within modern organizations as a whole.

In his position as chief evangelist of Canva, Kawasaki has seen and spearheaded positive changes across a diverse group of entities and understands the unique dynamics that play into organizational transformation.

In this episode, Kawasaki and host Caleb Masters discuss:

  • the shifting role of the HR department in contemporary business
  • making meaning as an essential function of innovation
  • the impact the user experience has on the perception of a company
  • how executives can partner with HR leadership to find the right HR tech for their organization

Learn more about how to foster a culture of innovation in your workplace by reading our white paper, Making the Change: How to Lead a Digital Transformation to Success.

Apr 9, 2021

Guest: 

Steve Boese, HR Technology Conference program chair and HR Happy Hour podcast co-host

As a challenging year forced more organizations to embrace the reality of the digital transformation in the workplace, how employees incorporate technology into processes becomes more important by the day.

Steve Boese, chair of the HR Technology Conference, returns to the HR Break Room® to discuss the relationship between workplace tech and employees’ frustrations. Boese addresses a new nationwide study by OnePoll that has uncovered some startling statistics about how office workers — both in the office and working remotely — view their options for tech in the workplace and ways for engaged employers to understand these results and move forward.

In this episode, Boese and host Caleb Masters unpack the implications of this information as they discuss:

  • the dissonance between the technology employees encounter in their personal life versus their workplace tech and how this impacts the employee experience
  • the costs associated with inefficient or outdated tech as it relates to productivity and the employee experience
  • the varied benefits arising from effective and efficient workplace technology at all levels of the organization
  • HR’s role in technology selection and how to get C-suite buy-in during that process

Learn more about how to reduce employee frustrations with the right workplace technology by going to paycom.com/frustrations.

Mar 25, 2021

Guest:

Sharlyn Lauby, founder of HR Bartender

The events of 2020 exerted profound shifts in the way we think about work, including the technology we use to get our jobs done. But even as we enter the spring of 2021, a surprising number of organizations lag behind in their prioritization of automated workplace tech.

Meanwhile, remote or hybrid working arrangements pose challenges of their own. For example, in a recent OnePoll survey of American office workers, obtaining timely approvals from managers was cited as the second-biggest challenge for employees working from home.

How can you help ensure your organization is doing everything it can to position itself for success in a time of digital transformation?

In this episode of HR Break Room®, HR Bartender founder Sharlyn Lauby joins host Caleb Masters to discuss:

  • how to harness the digital transformation to give employees what they want and accelerate business goals
  • what remote and hybrid working environments are expected to look like in 2021
  • why the right technology for employees should include tools for managers

Learn more about how to reduce employee frustrations with their workplace technology by checking out our toolkit, The Frustrations Today's Office Workers Have With Workplace Technology.

Mar 12, 2021

Guest:

Justin Cameron, Paycom manager of background check product

The ability to make informed hiring decisions is a crucial part of an effective talent acquisition process because it affects nearly every part of an organization. However, many businesses often overlook the importance of background checks or don’t have the right HR tech to provide necessary information about candidates to help mitigate risks associated with hiring.

Protecting the safety and the culture of an organization begins with the selection process and helps ensure you hire the best individuals to move your company forward.

What should you look for in a background checks software to find and hire top talent?

Join us for episode 93 of HR Break Room® as we discuss:

  • how a quality background checks process improves the candidate and employee experience
  • best practices organizations can use to exercise due diligence in their background checks process
  • why it’s necessary for HR and recruiting teams to easily conduct employment screenings
  • the role reliable technology plays in efficiently moving new hires through the background checks process

Learn how to exercise due diligence with Paycom’s Enhanced Background Checks by reading our case study, How One Software Transformed Background Checks for a Government Contractor.

Feb 12, 2021

Guest:

Adam Grant, organizational psychologist and New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take, Originals and Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know

In episode 91 of HR Break Room®, Adam Grant, organizational psychologist and New York Times bestselling author, joined us to talk about creating a resilient workplace in 2021 in the midst of burnout and fatigue. Throughout the conversation, we received questions from the audience that only Grant could answer.

In today’s digital reality, how can HR lead engagement initiatives to help motivate and retain employees?

In this special follow-up episode of HR Break Room, Grant returns to discuss:

  • common questions about resiliency from the audience
  • how to spot warning signs of employee burnout
  • overcoming the communications gaps in your organization
  • improving processes for employees in an uncertain business environment

Foster a resilient workplace culture by leveraging the digital transformation. Learn how by reading our white paper, Making the Change: How to Lead a Digital Transformation to Success.

Jan 14, 2021

Guest:

Adam Grant, organizational psychologist and New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take, Originals, and Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know

For businesses, 2020 was marked by exponential change. Many HR professionals who were on the front lines leading changes are now dealing with burnout and fatigue.

How can HR teams address burnout and help create a culture of resiliency for a successful 2021?

Few people understand what it takes to overcome unexpected challenges through resiliency and innovation better than Adam Grant, organizational psychologist and New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Option B.

In this episode of HR Break Room®, Grant joins us podcast to discuss:

  • how HR can remain resilient in 2021
  • practical steps to rebuild an organization when Option A is no longer on the table
  • creating psychological safety when your organization experiences unexpected shifts
  • leveraging digital transformation to improve employee buy-in

Foster a resilient workplace culture by leveraging the digital transformation. Learn how by reading our white paper, Making the Change: How to Lead a Digital Transformation to Success.

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