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The Top 5 HR Break Room Episodes for Emerging HR Professionals

If you’re an up-and-coming HR leader, you’re in luck — and a certified go-getter — because we’ve curated five of our favorite HR Break Room® episodes to guide you along your professional journey.

From conversations about the latest industry innovations to trends in workplace culture, our HR Break Room podcast keeps you in the loop even when you’re away from your desk. But with nearly 100 episodes available, one of these selections might serve as your ideal starting point.

Episode 60: “From Go-Between to Go-Getter: Going Beyond the Middle to the Forefront of HR”

In this episode, HR Bartender founder Sharlyn Lauby explains that the best way for an HR professional to step up may be to step back with the right technology. When you’re well-versed with effective tools, you can remove yourself from the middle of employees’ data, empowering your people with greater control and helping you focus on more important endeavors like professional development and innovation.

“Digital transformation is one of those places where we can, as HR professionals, bring value to the company, add value to the employee experience, as well as give ourselves the opportunity to change the human resources function,” Lauby said.

Episode 75: “HR on Purpose: How to Boost Employee Engagement”

It’s all about the people as Steve Browne, author of HR on Purpose: Delivering Deliberate People Passion, discusses the metamorphosis of HR’s role from paper-pusher to employee champion. Browne not only outlines strategies for greater employee engagement but how you can make an impact on their experience as a whole.

“We cannot overlook any person,” Browne said. “The receptionist should get as much attention as the CEO. We have to quit trying to play up and play full.”

Episode 85: “Shark Mindset: Why the Right HR Strategy Is Vital to Success”

Barbara Corcoran, famed entrepreneur, investor and personality, discusses how to be professionally courageous and adapt to change. By properly preparing yourself, you can channel the most nerve-wracking shifts into opportunities for innovation.

“When people are supported by the technology in the HR department, they become much more responsive and supportive about every employee that walks through the door,” Corcoran said.


Episode 88: “Better Conversations: The Importance of Diversity and Inclusion”

Jennifer Kraszewski, Paycom’s vice president of HR, and Dickens Aubourg ,director of product management, explain the workplace’s need for inclusion. Taking this a step a further, they discuss how as an HR professional, your greatest asset is your ability to listen to your employees and inspire meaningful conversation.

“If you have that foundation of trust, people are more likely to bring their authentic selves to work,” Kraszewski said. “We play a very key role in that not only from how we build our culture and engagement programs with our employees but how we develop our leaders.”

Episode 97: “The HR Hierarchy of Needs: Insights and Strategies for Reaching the Top”

Just because your focus is on your people, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take a moment to evaluate your role in your organization — and where it can lead. Harvard Business School professor Amy Edmondson, Ph.D., explains the concept of the HR hierarchy of needs and helps you find your path to professional nirvana.

“If you aren’t able to have some of your basic needs met and then [move] upward from there, you’re not well-positioned to help others self-actualize,” Edmondson said. For extra credit, take our short quiz to determine where you currently stand on the HR pyramid!

Like what you’ve heard? Check out more episodes of HR Break Room to help you on your professional journey. And keep listening for our upcoming 100th episode, where we’ll be speaking with a very special guest!

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