Category: EntertainHR

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

Hey, HR Pros: The Bird Box Method Won’t Work for You

At this point, millions have watched the movie “Bird Box” on Netflix. If you’re like me, your principal motivation for seeing the film was so you would not feel left out, or totally confused, when you scrolled through the dozens of Bird Box memes saturating social media. As a parent, I found the meme of […]

Bird Box: These Pandemic Planning Tips Are Beautiful, Please Look

If you have not seen the film, chances are you have at least seen the memes and hype surrounding Netflix’s new horror movie, Bird Box, starring Sandra Bullock as the protagonist, Malorie. The film begins with the arrival of mysterious creatures, the sight of which drives nearly anyone unlucky enough to view them to commit […]

Mess with the Bull, Get the Horns

We all know workplace violence is no laughing matter. All HR professionals should be well versed in the laws applicable to weapons in the workplace at all of your organization’s locations. Each state has its own twists when it comes to restricting weapons (especially firearms) on private property. For instance, my state of South Carolina […]

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” Is Problematic (and Isn’t a Real Christmas Song Anyway)

This holiday season, with the #MeToo movement showing no signs of relenting, a new front has opened up in our 21st-century culture wars. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is an Academy Award-winning song that was popularized in the 1949 film Neptune’s Daughter. Per Wikipedia, at least eight versions of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” were released during […]

TV Explores #MeToo Red Flags as EEOC Stings Real-Life Harassers

One year has passed since The New York Times and The New Yorker broke the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal, yet television shows are still weaving #MeToo themes into their storylines. On November 1, 2018, NBC’s comedy series Will and Grace took up the serious topic in the subplot for an episode titled “Grace’s Secret.”

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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 […]