HR Works: The Next Culture for the Next Normal

Before the pandemic, awareness of the need for a well-crafted and -maintained company culture was high, and HR was making real strides toward taking charge of those efforts. That awareness has only been heightened, and being effective has simultaneously been challenged by the pandemic. How do HR professionals adapt? What tools do they discard, and […]


HR Works COVID-19 Update: Delivering Difficult News with Grace

The pandemic has changed so much about how we work together and how we interact. It has also redefined many social norms and etiquette. Layoffs, pay reductions, employee illness, and death have all increased over the last months, and with each comes a difficult conversation. HR has always been the department that has to deliver […]

HR Works: Finding Hidden and Meaningful Training Trends

If you have a learning management system, you probably have access to a boatload of metrics. But what do they really tell you? Do they help you fine-tune your training regiments? One expert suggests that a swath of additional, less common metrics exist and they can help you unlock hidden and meaningful trends within your […]

HR Works COVID-19 Update: Supporting Employees with Headaches and Migraines

In the last episode of HR Works COVID-19 Update, I was joined by neurologist and headache expert Charisse Litchman, MD, to discuss how the pandemic has led to increased screen times and, consequently, increased headaches. Today, we’ll continue our discussion with Litchman, including how HR can help employees prevent headaches and support them in finding […]

HR Works COVID-19 Update: More Screen Time Means More Headaches

Recent research has shown that the ordinary 11 hours a day of screen time that most employees are exposed to have increased by 3 hours every day since the pandemic began. That amount of screen time leads to more headaches and more serious headaches—an often misunderstood and underappreciated concern for employers and employees alike. In […]


HR Works: Financial Instability Requires More than Words from Employers

The pandemic has put a lot of strain on everyday Americans in a host of ways, from job losses and riskier work for the same or reduced pay to financial hardship. Today’s guest believes that employers have a duty to be courageous about financial inclusion and to do whatever they can to help employees manage […]

HR Works COVID-19 Update: DOL Clarifications and Reaffirmations on FFCRA

In this episode, we take a look at some of the DOL’s revisions and reaffirmations of the original FFCRA regulations. That includes clarifications around leave for medical professionals, intermittent leave, and more. And we have with us a familiar voice: attorney Maggie Spell of Jones Walker. Maggie focuses her practice on cases brought under federal, […]

HR Works: Substance Abuse Reaching Critical Levels

In this episode, we discuss substance abuse. While always an issue, substance abuse becomes much more widespread and serious during crises. This crisis, in particular, offers an especially troubling environment for abuse. Today’s episode is brought to you by The Standard, a family of businesses united by a shared purpose of compassion for their customers. […]

COVID-19 Update: Latest Testing Strategies for Employers

In this episode, we go over the latest workplace COVID-19 testing strategies and capabilities. What types of tests exist and how available are they? What strategies are employers using, especially those that require workers on-site like mines and factories? What technologies are being developed and what will testing look like in the future? This episode’s […]

HR Works: What Will HR Look Like in 2021 and Beyond?

When I first took over this podcast, my very first guest was Ira Wolfe, and we talked about what HR might look like in 2025.  By all accounts, we were well on track to realize that future. But then the pandemic hit and that future has largely been changed. In this episode I am pleased […]