Hard Hat HR AudioBlog | Tools for Building Great HR (Human Resources)

When you are having a bad day and in a bad mood at work, don't bring your co-workers and team down by leaving a wake!

Direct download: 78_Dont_Leave_a_Wake.mp3
Category:Human Resources -- posted at: 12:00pm MDT

Discussing how HR Pros should respect the financial investment our organizations make for our professional development when attending conferences.

Direct download: 77_Attending_SHRM19_-_Respect_Your_Organizations_Investment.mp3
Category:Human Resources -- posted at: 12:00pm MDT


Discussing the second step in building an HR Strategic Plan by conducting internal and external environmental scans


Drilling down to more detail of the first step in developing an HR Strategic Plan


A short introduction of the steps on how to develop an HR strategic plan before I go more in depth on each of the steps


Defining some important business terms Strategic HR Pros need to know in order to develop an effective HR Strategic Plan that aligns with the Business Strategic Plan


I compare the new tires of my Jeep Wrangler to having a great HR foundation in an organization.

Direct download: 69_Jeeps_Tires_and_an_HR_Foundation.mp3
Category:Human Resources -- posted at: 7:00pm MDT

This week, I identify and talk about what, exactly, a strategic plan is.

Direct download: 68_What_is_a_Strategic_Plan1.mp3
Category:Human Resources -- posted at: 7:00pm MDT

This week I start discussing the importance of having a strategic plan for your HR function.


Here are some effective and proven tools for dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace. You don't need to get fancy, just focus on the basic blocking and tackling!


The system is broken but can be fixed without dumping the performance appraisal

Direct download: 65_64_The_Problem_with_Performance_Appraisals.mp3
Category:Human Resources -- posted at: 7:00pm MDT

Real life stories can help in communicating how elements in an organization's benefits work.


A recent HR gathering helped me "discover" my story of how I ended up in HR.

Direct download: 63_My_HR_Journey.mp3
Category:Human Resources -- posted at: 7:00pm MDT

The importance of building a solid HR foundation when moving to a new company or department.

Direct download: 62_Building_an_HR_Foundation.mp3
Category:Human Resources -- posted at: 7:00pm MDT

My opinion that the NFL players taking a knee during the National Anthem and flag unfurling is a workplace issue, not a free speech issue.

Direct download: 61_Taking_a_Knee_is_a_Workplace_Issue1.mp3
Category:Human Resources -- posted at: 7:00pm MDT

Some tips on how to handle and deal with potentially heated political discussions in the workplace.

Direct download: 60_Dealing_with_Politics_in_the_Workplace.mp3
Category:Human Resources -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

Discussion about the definition of metrics and some common mistakes to avoid when using them.


Part two of my discussion about linking human capital measurements to ROI and a short book review during the Tailgate Talk segment

Direct download: 58_Linking_Human_Capital_Measurements_to_ROI_-_Part_Two.mp3
Category:Human Resources -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

Part 1 in my discussion on how to link human capital measurements to an organization's return on investment.

Direct download: 57_Linking_Human_Capital_Measurements_to_ROI_-_Part_1.mp3
Category:Human Resources -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

A brief discussion of how Amazon is leading innovation and the creative destruction in the retail industry

Direct download: 56_The_Creative_Destruction_of_the_Retail_Industry.mp3
Category:Human Resources -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

Introducing an innovative and creative new performance appraisal approach for today's modern workplace.


I introduce several predictive HR analytics for you to start using in your organization.

Direct download: 54_Some_Predictive_HR_Analytics_to_Start_Using.mp3
Category:Human Resources -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

Understanding why organizations must complete a Form I-9 and the financial consequences of failing to do so


The third episode in the Analytics and Metrics Series where I discuss the three different types of analytics. 

Direct download: 52_The_Three_Types_of_Analytics.mp3
Category:Human Resources -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

I discuss Jac Fitz-Enz five steps of analytics and their importance in the second episode of the Metrics and Analytics Series.

Direct download: 51_The_Five_Steps_of_Analytics.mp3
Category:Human Resources -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

The 50th episode! Introducing the new series titled HR Metrics and Analytics Series

Direct download: 50_Introducing_the_Metrics_and_Analytics_Series.mp3
Category:Human Resources -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

I have some advice on what to do now that the DOL's overtime rule has been blocked through a preliminary injunction.

Direct download: 49_The_New_Overtime_Rule_Has_Been_Blocked._Now_What.mp3
Category:Human Resources -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

Taking a look at the recent economic difficulties in the nation's energy industry, particularly in Wyoming, the "Energy Capital" of the US. 

Direct download: 47_Trouble_in_the_Energy_Industry.mp3
Category:Human Resources -- posted at: 2:09pm MDT

The final week, Deadline Week, of the HHHR PA Cycle is discussed.  I also discuss the importance of joining the local SHRM organization in the Tailgate Talk segment.


Discussion of the week where managers deliver their PAs to their direct reports and finalize their Objectives. I also talk about how HR Pros in departments of one often have to wear several hats for the organization in the Tailgate Talk segment.

Direct download: 45_Week_Six_of_the_PA_Cycle_Delivery_Week.mp3
Category:Human Resources -- posted at: 6:00pm MDT

A discussion of what the Talent Review Meeting is and the mechanics of how it is done.  I also give my opinion on making the online application process easier in the Tailgate Talk segment.

Direct download: 44_Week_Five_of_the_PA_Cycle_Talent_Review_Meeting_Week.mp3
Category:Human Resources -- posted at: 6:00pm MDT

This week I discuss how to prepare for the Talent Review Meeting.  I also talk about joining Toastmasters in the Tailgate Talk segment.


A discussion about all that needs to be done during the Deadline Week of the PA cycle.


A very important week in the cycle where I explain the process of using the interconnected Objective Setting and PA forms


Continuing the series, I review the preparation time and week one of the PA and Objective Setting Cycle 

Direct download: 40_Pre_and_Week_One_of_the_PA_Cycle_Prep_and_Training_Week.mp3
Category:Human Resources -- posted at: 6:00pm MDT

Introducing the Hard Hat HR Performance Appraisal and Objective Setting Cycle seven week series

Direct download: The_HHHR_Performance_Appraisals_and_Objective_Setting_Cycle.mp3
Category:Human Resources -- posted at: 6:00pm MDT

I've retooled Hard Hat HR to focus on HR Departments of One and am excited to introduce it to you!

Direct download: Retooling_Hard_Hat_HR.mp3
Category:Human Resources -- posted at: 6:00pm MDT

Continuation of the FLSA Overtime Exemption Series where I discuss the administrative exemption

Direct download: 37_The_FLSA_Administrative_Exemption.mp3
Category:Human Resources -- posted at: 7:30pm MDT

The continued discussion of the FLSA exemption classifications.  This week I discuss the executive exemption.

Direct download: 36_The_FLSA_Executive_Exemption.mp3
Category:Human Resources -- posted at: 7:30pm MDT

Describing the history and details of the FLSA Computer overtime exemption 

Direct download: 35_The_FLSA_Computer_Exemption.mp3
Category:Human Resources -- posted at: 10:26pm MDT

An introduction to a series of podcasts discussing the FLSA's overtime classifications

Direct download: 34_Introduction_to_FLSA_Overtime_Classifications.mp3
Category:Human Resources -- posted at: 7:30pm MDT

Comparing the difference in perfection and excellence and how it affects  people's work

Direct download: 33_Perfection_vs_Excellence.mp3
Category:Human Resources -- posted at: 7:30pm MDT

The steps you need to take when a manager wants to terminate a problem employee but hasn't done anything about it


Don't be afraid to take a chance when you are looking for a job.

Direct download: 31_When_Looking_for_a_Job_Take_a_Chance.mp3
Category:Human Resources -- posted at: 7:00pm MDT

Discussion about returning to blogging and podcasting at HHHR

Direct download: 30_Returning_From_My_Break.mp3
Category:Human Resources -- posted at: 7:30pm MDT

Introducing the Tailgate Chat and my opinion on the bias towards those who are trying to re-enter the workforce after staying home to raise thier kids

Direct download: 29_The_Mommy_Track_Bias.mp3
Category:Human Resources -- posted at: 7:30pm MDT

How the annual Christmas Holiday Party can be ruined by thoughtlessness

Direct download: 26_How_to_Ruin_the_Christmas_Holiday_Party.mp3
Category:Human Resources -- posted at: 7:00pm MDT

Teaching employees to understand the company’s financials and including them in decision making is important to the long term success of any company.

Direct download: 10_Open_the_Books_and_Encourage_Ownership_Thinking.mp3
Category:Human Resources -- posted at: 1:27pm MDT

HR needs to act like we belong because we do.  

Direct download: 06_Respect_for_HR.mp3
Category:Human Resources -- posted at: 9:24pm MDT

This is the introductory episode of the Hard Hat HR Audioblog Podcast.  

Direct download: 01_Intro_to_the_HHHR_Audioblog_Podcast.mp3
Category:Human Resources -- posted at: 8:56pm MDT

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