Category: EntertainHR

Posts focus on what not to do in the workplace, based on examples from television, film, and other popular media.

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Modern Family: Baby on Board

As a long-time fan of Modern Family, it has been interesting to watch the characters develop over the last 10 seasons. Haley Dunphy (portrayed by Sarah Hyland) has grown from an image-obsessed high school sophomore to a hard-working professional. On November 7th, the show revealed that Haley is unexpectedly expecting. As Hyland joked in a […]

No Title VII Protection So Far for People “Perceived to Be” Black

Despite being the son of white Irish parents, British theater director Anthony Ekundayo Lennon appears to be a mixed-race man because of his “high cheekbones” and “curly hair.” He drew media attention recently when he claimed that as an actor, he found it easier to pursue nonwhite parts. He also changed his middle name from […]

Contender of Pretender? Identifying Both in Sports and at Work

Contender or Pretender? It’s a recurring segment in sports media, and a fun talking point amongst fans, where the debate is whether a team is “for real,” particularly early in the season. Read on to see how contender or pretender can be applied to employees.

Only Four 12-Ounce Beers Per Employee Per Day? Party Foul!

WeWork has enjoyed a meteoric rise.  If you’re not familiar with the company, WeWork leases office space which it turns around and leases to other businesses.  It’s particularly popular with the startup crowd. To appeal to the young, hardworking startup crowd, WeWork has offered an interesting array of perks to its tenants.  One of the […]

Halloween Firings of Yore: Frightening Guidance from ‘The Office’

Halloween is tomorrow, and we are flashing back to a Halloween-themed episode from one of my favorite shows: The Office. While the episode is aptly named “Halloween” (because it takes place on October 31 and the day of the office Halloween party), it could have easily been entitled “Grim Reaper” because this episode follows Michael […]

Almost Royal: How Not To Conduct An Interview

The BBC’s faux reality show, Almost Royal, follows the lives of British aristocrat siblings, Poppy and Georgie Carlton as they tour the United States with their father’s ashes in tow. After their father’s untimely demise from a shooting accident, this brother-sister duo travel across the Atlantic to tour the country that their father loved in […]

Superhero Amputee Wrestles with Work Limits, Disability Harassment

One of the best reasons to watch Netflix is to get EntertainHR article ideas from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There are so many to choose from, but the various miniseries based on the Defenders (Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, and the Iron Fist) are the best. Of those miniseries, my favorite is Luke Cage (Mike […]

What Tiger Woods Can Teach HR About Using Performance Improvement Plans to Salvage Struggling Employees

Last weekend’s Ryder Cup notwithstanding, Tiger Woods has made an impressive comeback by winning the PGA Tour Championship in September. The win was Tiger’s 80th victory on the PGA tour but his first since 2013 after a long hiatus from golf. Tiger’s return to the game illustrates several important lessons for employers who are dealing […]

What “American Vandal” Does (Not) Teach Us About Workplace Investigations

I don’t normally binge-watch TV shows. While time is certainly an issue, I’m not going to go as far as to self-importantly claim that I do not have any availability to watch television. Let’s just say it’s a big commitment that I personally have a tough time setting aside. I’m more than happy with the […]