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HR Works: The Podcast for Human Resources Chris Ceplenski

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HR Works provides clear, relevant, actionable information on topics that matter to human resources (HR) professionals

    HR Works 133: Working Mothers in Crisis

    HR Works 133: Working Mothers in Crisis

    In this episode, we will be taking a hard look at how mothers in particular faired over the last year, the impact that the pandemic had on them, and how employers better position themselves to support mothers and create a place for them in the next normal. The issue will be discussed from an HR perspective as well as an employment law perspective.

    Our first guest is Kara Shea (https://www.butlersnow.com/attorney/kara-shea/), an attorney with Butler Snow (https://www.butlersnow.com/) in Nashville, TN. Kara is a member and Practice Group Leader for Labor and Employment. She regularly counsels clients in financial services, healthcare, and home health industries on employment law compliance. She has extensive trial and appellate experience in Tennessee and around the country.

    Our other guest is Michelle Keefe, CEO of Momup (https://www.momup.com/). As a stay at home mom, Michelle discovered like many of her friends she wanted to continue her career path with businesses that value work/life balance. She found herself surrounded by highly educated, skilled, energetic multitasking mega stars that were unemployed and looking for new exciting challenges. She realized by forging partnerships with progressive companies and connecting them with skilled talent Mom Up could make a huge impact. She holds a graduate degree from Harvard University and an ungraduated degree from the University of Notre Dame.

    • 59 min
    HR Works COVID-19 Update: Zoom Can’t Fix Employee Morale

    HR Works COVID-19 Update: Zoom Can’t Fix Employee Morale

    The pandemic pushed so many workers home at the same time that it introduced countless new sources of stress and anxiety. Keeping employees happy, or at least, not burnt out has never been more important as they work in isolation from their coworkers, and perhaps from everyone.

    How far can remote efforts to improve morale really go? Can any one approach, or combinations of approaches, offset what is lost with in-person camaraderie? In this episode, we are pleased to have with us Vicki Salemi (https://www.vickisalemi.com/). Vicki is a career expert, author, speaker, consultant, and a former corporate recruiter from New York City.

    • 20 min
    HR Works 132: Lessons from the Capitol

    HR Works 132: Lessons from the Capitol

    It was just last Wednesday when an unprecedented attack on the Capitol building captured the attention of the world. I, for one, watched with disbelief as doors were breached, police were overrun, tear gas was used on both attackers and defenders, and when one woman died. It was a grim scene and one that reminds us that even those places that are supposed to be secure can have serious security flaws.

    Ahead of the inauguration, the FBI recently warned all 50 states that there might be armed violence. We’ve all seen the pictures of the national guard in the capitol building but not everywhere will have such resources to protect themselves to that degree.

    As an HR professional, you likely play some role in your organizational security. This event has highlighted for all of us how important that role is, and how more can always be done.

    I am lucky to be joined today by Ty Smith, a retired Navy Seal and founder and CEO of CommSafe AI (https://commsafe.ai), an African American and disabled veteran-owned technology company that helps companies disrupt emerging threats via an AI communications analysis system that helps companies identify and mitigate toxic communication in the workplace before it escalates.

    As promised, here is a link to the article (https://hrdailyadvisor.blr.com/2020/06/15/pandemic-create-new-threats-and-exacerbate-old-ones/) I mentioned discussing new threats during the pandemic with Ty.

    • 36 min
    HR Works 131: Recruiters, Don't Overlook Military Spouses

    HR Works 131: Recruiters, Don't Overlook Military Spouses

    When it comes to hiring, veterans are often overlooked. Many organizations have worked very hard to bring their unemployment numbers closer to other groups with some success. However, there is one related group of candidates that is even more often overlooked: military spouses. This episode will examine why that is a mistake on the part of employers.

    Our first guest is Lida Citreon, founder of LIDA360 (https://www.lida360.com/). A leader in reputation management and personal branding, Lida has worked with hundreds of international business leaders, entrepreneurs, and professionals, designing and promoting authentic, passionate, and intentional reputation strategies that drive results. She also focuses on building up veteran and military spouse talent.

    We are also joined by Tina Flores, SPHR and 16 year military spouse. Tina knows all about the struggles that mil spouses face as she’s seen and lived it all. She has had to give birth (2x) without her husband present, she’s had to let go of her former life during a move (New State didn’t recognize a former state’s law school…) and safe to say she’s been married to a man who has been home less than he’s been away. More recently in her career, she has been focused on the more human side of business and has found her happy place in human resources. She’s been performing HR-ish roles since 2011, but has recently made it her mission to focus on this niche as sourcing, cultivating, training, and reviewing teams is where she belongs.

    Finally, we are also joined by Kayla Eberhardt. She is Program Coordinator, Entrepreneurship at the Institute for Veterans & Military Families (https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/). She is responsible for the coordination and support of objectives related to the growth of the Coalition for Veteran Business (CVOB) and the Center of Excellence in Veteran Entrepreneurship (CoE). Kayla brings a unique perspective to her role through her knowledge as both a former military spouse and daughter of a veteran entrepreneur.

    • 52 min
    HR Works COVID-19 Update: Cultural Impact of Workplace Investigations

    HR Works COVID-19 Update: Cultural Impact of Workplace Investigations

    In the last episode of HR Works COVID-19 Update (https://hrdailyadvisor.blr.com/podcast/hr-works-covid-19-update-conducting-remote-workplace-investigations/), we began to discuss conducting remote workplace investigations with an expert attorney. In this episode, we are going to continue that discussion, focusing specifically on how poorly conducted investigations can impact workplace culture.

    We once again have Andre Caldwell (https://ogletree.com/people/andre-b-caldwell/), a shareholder at Ogletree Deakins in Oklahoma City, to discuss this important issue. Mr. Caldwell began his career as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District of Oklahoma where he was assigned to the Violent Crime and Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.

    During his tenure, he was awarded the FBI Director’s award from FBI Director Robert Mueller for his outstanding prosecutorial skills. Just prior to joining Ogletree Deakins Mr. Caldwell was a shareholder at one of the largest and oldest law firms in Oklahoma and was an active member of the Criminal Defense Compliance and Investigations and Litigation and Trial practice groups.

    Mr. Caldwell utilized his wealth of trial and investigative experience to represent private and public companies of various sizes in all aspects of commercial litigation, preparation of compliance guidelines, and conducting corporate criminal risk assessments.

    • 11 min
    HR Works COVID-19 Update: Conducting Remote Workplace Investigations

    HR Works COVID-19 Update: Conducting Remote Workplace Investigations

    The pandemic has changed so much about how everyday HR tasks are completed. One of those tasks includes workplace investigations. A combination of remote work and additional health security measures have likely hampered workplace investigations.

    In this episode we have Andre Caldwell (https://ogletree.com/people/andre-b-caldwell/), a shareholder at Ogletree Deakins in Oklahoma City, to discuss this important issue. Mr. Caldwell began his career as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District of Oklahoma where he was assigned to the Violent Crime and Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.

    During his tenure, he was awarded the FBI Director’s award from FBI Director Robert Mueller for his outstanding prosecutorial skills. Just prior to joining Ogletree Deakins Mr. Caldwell was a shareholder at one of the largest and oldest law firms in Oklahoma and was an active member of the Criminal Defense Compliance and Investigations and Litigation and Trial practice groups.

    Mr. Caldwell utilized his wealth of trial and investigative experience to represent private and public companies of various sizes in all aspects of commercial litigation, preparation of compliance guidelines, and conducting corporate criminal risk assessments.

    • 11 min

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