HR Works Podcast

The mission of HR Works is to provide clear, relevant, actionable information on topics that matter to HR professions in podcast form through engaging and insightful interviews with experts and thought leaders.


HR Works: How To Build Championship Mindsets in Your Organization

We often look to sport teams for examples of engagement and passion and motivation, and we use sports metaphors for several workplace situations. In keeping with the start of the NFL season this week, a few of the many football metaphors used in business include “kicking off” a new project or product planning process, “Monday […]

HR Works: 7 Practices of Extraordinary Workplace Teams

Workplace teams can be the cornerstone to the success of an organization when they are functioning at a high level.  But unfortunately, as nearly anyone who has been part of a workplace team can attest, that isn’t always the case.  And the symptoms of a team that isn’t working well are probably also too familiar—unclear […]

HR Works: Make Employee Training More Impactful Through Storytelling

HR professionals and in-house trainers know that in a world of non-stop communication and distractions, effective employee training can be challenging.  But our guests –Sharon Lucas, President of CDT3 Training and Jessica Du Preez (, a Graphic Recorder—have experience in making training more engaging, memorable and impactful by incorporating storytelling. In episode 39 of HR […]

HR Works: Get Winning Workplace Results by Winning Over Your Employees

In many workplaces across the country, managers feel pressured by company leaders to achieve specific goals or levels of productivity, and become focused on winning no matter what it takes, using motivation by fear to get their employees to work faster, harder and for longer hours. These tactics may work in the short term, but […]

HR Works: Strengthen Your Employer Brand by Offering Outplacement Services

Organizations are spending more and more time focusing on conveying their employer brand when recruiting candidates—generally, these efforts are intended to give potential candidates insights into company culture, as well as what they might expect in their day-to-day experience at the company. But one area that employers may overlook when crafting and projecting their brand […]

HR Works: Beyond Engagement—Create a Culture of Employee Activation

EPISODE 36 Retention, engagement, and branding—as the battle to find and keep top talent intensifies, this trio of topics continues to gain in importance for all HR managers. BLR recently completed a survey on these topics, which was sponsored by SilkRoad. To help us gain additional perspective we asked SilkRoad’s Mimi Jerkan to join us […]

HR Works: How Can HR Truly Impact The C-Suite? A Q&A with Dave Ulrich

EPISODE 35 HR execs are getting better and better at the basics of HR management and many have also improved at the strategic level. Dave Ulrich, the man some call the “father of modern HR,” joins us on HR Works: The Podcast for Human Resources to discuss the roles and skills HR executives must assume […]

HR Works: A New ‘Employee Value Equation’ for Performance Management

EPISODE 34 Measuring current performance is no longer sufficient because performance ratings don’t often correlate with business performance, explains Kelli Hinshaw VP of Strategic Development at Cy Wakeman. In response, she and her colleagues have developed a new approach to performance management and measurement they call an “employee value equation.” Our first returning guest on […]

HR Works: Why Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Are More Critical Than Ever in 2017

EPISODE 33 Traditionally, workplace diversity dealt with race and ethnicity, and then gender—but now the term seems to encompass just about everything from generational differences to political ideologies to gender identity. We wanted an expert’s perspective on what diversity “looks like” in 2017 and its role in organizational success. In this episode of HR Works: […]

HR Works: How One Employer Transformed Its Culture and Stepped Up LGBT Support

In this episode of HR Works: The Podcast for Human Resources, we’re joined by Karen Whalen, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, of data management firm First Data, an organization that recently experienced a successful cultural transformation. Karen addresses what prompted the cultural transformation, what goals were set, communication strategy and metrics used to help gauge success. She also talks about First Data’s particularly increased support for LGBT workers as part of the organization’s cultural changes.