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10 Most Popular Episodes of the HR Break Room Podcast

In a December 2023 updated report, Ernst & Young (EY) found the average cost per manual data entry made by an HR professional increased to $4.78. Read about EY’s latest findings for more information.


After 55 episodes, several bonus episodes and countless cups of coffee in the HR Break Room, we are excited to unveil the podcast’s new look! To celebrate, we’re revisiting our podcast’s top 10 episodes so far, in no particular order.

Episode 51, “The Revolution Is Underway: Catch up to the HR Digital Transformation

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In this episode, guest Nick Ismail, Information Age content editor, revealed how the digital transformation has changed the world at large and how it will impact HR in 2019 and beyond. Listen to this conversation to ensure your workplace stays digitally up to date!

Episode 13, “A New Leaf in Drug Screening Policies: Time for a Change?

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A listener favorite, this conversation with Sheehan Phinney attorney Jim Reidy remains popular. In the November 2016 election, eight states voted to legalize marijuana for medical and/or recreational purposes. Now that such change has expanded to more than half the nation, further hiccups have emerged between the new laws and companies’ existing drug policies.

Workplaces are still trying to find the right strategy that protects their organization and allows them to remain attractive to prospective employees. Tune in to hear the full conversation.

Episode 36, “Level Up: John C. Maxwell on the 5 Levels of Leadership

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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. World-renowned leadership expert John C. Maxwell joined HR Break Room for a talk about his book, The 5 Levels of Leadership, and why communicating your organization’s values is a critical step.

Episode 19, “Happy Employees = Happy Customers: The Equation for a Winning Workforce

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According to the Deloitte 2017 Global Human Capital Trends report, nearly 80% of executives rated the employee experience as very important, but only 22% said their companies excelled at building one.

Jacob Morgan, futurist and author of The Employee Experience Advantage, joined HR Break Room to define the employee experience and discuss how culture, technology and the physical workspace directly affect an organization’s ability to engage its workforce.

Episode 34, “Safety First: Proactive Crisis Management

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HR is essential in preparing for workplace emergencies, from the conceptual planning stages to training employees on how to handle the event. Dr. Larry Barton, the highest-rated instructor at the FBI Academy and U.S. Marshals Service, joined HR Break Room to talk about how organizations can ensure they are prepared in case of a workplace threat.

Episode 21, “Dollars and Sense: Financial Literacy for the Millennial Workforce

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Mihir Desai, Harvard Business School professor and author of The Wisdom of Finance: Discovering Humanity in the World of Risk and Return, joined HR Break Room to reveal why financial literacy is so important to today’s largely millennial workforce, and how such programs benefit your bottom line.

Episode 35, “Experts Answer: Your Sexual Harassment Policy Questions

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Podcast listeners, Paycom blog readers and webinar attendees submitted questions to Paycom’s own legal and HR experts. The panel discussed how to create safe, fair policies that protect employees and the organization, and shares tips on handling sexual harassment cases that occur outside of normal work hours. Listen to learn tactics and strategies to make your workplace a safe space.

Episode 29, “When Cupid Strikes: Managing Workplace Love

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Around Valentine’s Day, conversations about love and romance are everywhere — including the office. And with good reason: According to CareerBuilder, 38% of American workers said they have dated a co-worker at least once in their career.

In this episode, former Harvard Business Review executive editor Sarah Green Carmichael joined HR Break Room to talk about the importance of having a clear, simple dating policy that empowers employees, along with best practices for workplace dating policies regarding co-workers, managers and clients.

Episode 18, “It’s an Office, Not a Theater: Managing Workplace Drama

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According to Cy Wakeman’s book No Ego, employees spend nearly three hours each workweek on drama, costing organizations millions in lost time. Navigating toxic office dynamics can be a challenge, even for the best managers. In this wildly popular episode, Wakeman shared the five key sources of office drama and how company leadership and HR can work together to strategically minimize it. Chase drama away by listening to this fun, insightful episode.

Episode 49, “Out With the Old: New Study Proves the Case for Utilizing HR Tech

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According to a 2016 study conducted by, companies reported that allowing employees to complete their own HR tasks through self-service 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 per point of data entry. In this episode, Paycom’s executive vice president of sales, Sam Norman, joined us to take a closer look at the groundbreaking study with Ernst & Young analysts Joe Callender and Ari Teichman.

At 55 episodes, we’re just getting started with conversations about hot topics in HR and HR technology. If you enjoyed our top 10 episodes, you can have every conversation sent straight to your preferred listening device by subscribing on Apple Podcasts® or Google Play®. If you’ve already subscribed, please consider leaving us a review to help more listeners like you discover HR Break Room!