Category: EntertainHR

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

Dead in the Water: Below Deck Med Star Called Out for Fudging Resume

Unless you are lucky enough to live in SoCal or the Sunshine State, you likely have been hit with below-zero wind chills, freezing rain, and/or snowstorms. During the bitter cold months of winter, watching old episodes of Below Deck Mediterranean (or, as the cool kids say, Below Deck Med) reminds me that sunnier, warmer days […]

Surviving R. Kelly Raises Potential Issues of Employees Aiding and Abetting Abuse

Over the holiday break, my wife and I watched the documentary series Surviving R. Kelly. In six hour-long episodes, alleged victims of R&B singer Robert Kelly (known by his stage name “R. Kelly”) provided first-hand, detailed accounts of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse by Kelly. In addition to adult women, Kelly preyed upon teenage girls, […]

Lessons on Grieving, Courtesy of NFC Championship Game

It’s time I made a confession: I’m a New Orleans Saints fan—a lifelong member of the Who Dat Nation—living in Atlanta. My status is particularly stressful during our biannual games against the Dirty Birds (Atlanta Falcons), but I expected my status would cause me even more grief when we lost the NFC championship game to […]

Billions Spotlights Boomerang Employee Trend

Even with the seemingly endless amount of TV shows to watch, finding a series to view with one’s significant other can sometimes prove a difficult task for a couple. After watching eight seasons of The Office together, it was challenging for me and my wife to find a show that fell somewhere in between Real […]

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 […]