HR Power Breaks Podcast Series

A selection of podcasts on key topics of interest to HR and payroll professionals, delivered to your desktop on-demand. This series is presented by our own customers and other industry thought leaders on topics that can contribute to company success. We offer two different ways to access our HR Power Breaks:

  • Downloadable audio (Podcast/MP3 file, recommended for downloading onto a portable media device for listening on the go, or for saving on your computer for future listening)
  • Full audio and slides (recommended for watching at your desktop)

UltiPro as Our HRIS Solution: A Case Study in Success

Rachel Stevens, The CommuniCare Family of Companies

CommuniCare, a company of 6,700, reviews the steps it took to implement its HCM solution. Stevens provides information on obtaining top management buy-in, strategic planning analysis, the evaluation process, requests for proposals, and creating an executive summary and analysis. Hear a firsthand account of everything involved in the selection of a new solution, including HCM demos, site visits, client references, activation, testing, and going live.

Breaking Down Barriers to Improve Employee Communications

Frank Wright, Thompson Tractor

Listen to this company’s story about the need to stay focused on what is right for the customer versus who is right in the company. Thompson Tractor develops a successful procedure to better relate to its employees and each other—achieving its goals to improve employee communication. Thompson Tractor was the first Caterpillar dealer to be rated number one in parts and service, while in the same year, demonstrating the impact improved employee communications had on its organization.

Avoiding Wage & Hour Class Actions

David Woolf, Partner in the Employment and Labor Practice of Drinker, Biddle and Reath

The Fair Labor Standards Act applies to virtually every employer. Learn how HR professionals can best minimize their risk of wage and hour collective and class actions for their organization. “Hot topic” areas–such as non-exempt and exempt misclassification arena, compensable time, donning and doffing issues, commuting time, meal and break time, on call time, and salary basis test issues—are reviewed in this podcast.

Why Change Management Is Vital to HR

John Daniel, First Horizon National Corporation

Change management is the structured approach to managing the complexities of organizational change. Successful transformations or mergers require a people plan that involves human resources throughout. The three phases of change management discussed in the podcast are mobilization, framework details, and implementation. Listen as John Daniel reviews, describes, and provides tips on these phases which are vital to HR professionals along with several myths of changing behavior.

Simple Steps to Evaluate Your Talent Management Maturity

Lisa Rowan, IDC

IDC’s perspective of talent management is a cycle including functions that serve to attract, develop, reward, and retain top talent. Talent management maturity has three parts: your particular points of talent pain, your organization’s talent culture, and your current level of talent maturity. The stages of maturity begin with a process that is completely paper based, no integration and only occasional discussions around performance. Talent Management maturity peaks with a Web-based HCM solution that is fully unified.

How to Avoid FLSA Collective Actions

Dan Dargene, formerly of Winstead Law Firms

Some of the best, most sophisticated, and highly ethical companies have unknowingly run afoul of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Dan Dargene categorizes these HR claims into the three categories: misclassification, off-the-clock, and meal periods/break time. Is your company or human resources department taking the necessary precautions? Learn which areas your organization should review to avoid potential liability.

Keep It Legendary: How Corporate Culture Impacts the Bottom Line

Patrick Sterling, Texas Roadhouse

Texas Roadhouse has four core values - passion, partnership, integrity, and fun. Their mission statement is legendary food, legendary fun. The time, energy, and money this organization has dedicated to fun have absolutely impacted their bottom line. Patrick Sterling shares his ideas on how Texas Roadhouse has topped Forbes’ best small companies list, industry retention rates, and customer loyalty percentages, plus increased profits and sales numbers.

The 5-Step Manager Succession / Gap-Hiring Plan

Joy Rothschild, Omni Hotels

At Omni Hotels, HR is a driving force in creating leadership initiatives and preparing potential leaders for the future. The first step in this initiative is to define what your organization stands for and to ensure all of the company’s processes support that vision. Next, create a written career development plan for those with leadership potential and advancement interest. Then provide provisions to promote the success of these individuals. Step four: connect employees to their career responsibility. Lastly, ensure HR is leading this process by becoming and remaining an advisor or confidant to the associates.

Quick Tips to Create a Winning Team Spirit at Work

Larry Stokes, Houston Astros

The Houston Astros achieve a winning team spirit at work by constantly engaging, involving, and motivating their employees. Throughout HR, all organizational levels, and career stages, the Astros are seeking and implementing improvements to the employee experience. Excitement is high for onboarding an Astros team member, but maintaining the motivation requires effort. Larry Stokes provides useful tips for any industry on creating and nurturing a winning team spirit.

Employee Management "Quick Tips" Podcast Series

A selection of podcasts presented by Mark Goulston, M.D., a business advisor, consultant, trainer, and author of the book, Get Out of Your Own Way at Work...and Help Others Do the Same: Conquering Self-Defeating Behavior on the Job. Select your preferred podcast below:

How to Change a Waste of Time Meeting to a Productive One

How to Gain Respect and Cooperation of Others

Simple Ways to Deal with Difficult People and Employees