HR Stories Podcast - A Lesson in Every Story!

HR Stories Podcast - A Lesson in Every Story!

Welcome to the HR Stories Podcast - where there is a lesson in every story. Our Storytellers - John Thalheimer and Chuck Simikian, the Team behind HR Stories, share real-life tales about where a business made a preventable mistake. At The HR Stories Podcast, the STORIES are the teaching tool! LISTEN to the stories of those that did not heed the warning signs. LEARN from their mistakes. ACT on best practices shared by our hosts and guests. Each year, our hosts Chuck Simikian and John Thalheimer, deliver thousands of live seminars around the country to business owners, executives, and HR professionals discussing the fundamentals of Human Resources, Leadership best practices, and legal risk reduction activities for organizations. In each HR Story episode, they share a story of where a company missed the mark and what went wrong...and how you can avoid their fate. As the Team at HR Stories, John and Chuck continue to develop and provide resources to help HR leaders, businesses owners, and organizations with the confidence they need to successfully when handling employee issues and building strong employee practices to be in compliance with employment laws. Both are successful entrepreneurs who help businesses through HR consulting, training, and coaching leaders. They have coached and trained thousands of HR Professionals as, Business Owners, and Leaders to prepare them for the future. When the Coronavirus stopped America in 2019, John and Chuck wanted to share their knowledge. They realized that the stories they shared in their seminars were the perfect vehicle to teach the principles of human resources management. In short, there is a lesson in every story. John is the Founding Director of True Star Leadership™, which focuses on helping managers and leaders learn the principles of performance management. Chuck is the Founding Partner of Alliance HR Partners, which provides HR consulting and training to businesses across the country. Together they have over 40 years navigating the challenges of HR and have recently published their book - The Ultimate Book of HR Checklists – Getting HR Right: Your Step-by-Step Reference for Avoiding Costly Mistakes. Go to https://hrchecklists.com/ for more information, download a free sample, and watch their webinar on the Secret Power Behind Successful Businesses.

Episodes

February 20, 2024 14 mins

Welcome to another Listener Q&A with The Team at HR Stories! Today's episode goes into these questions:

  1. How many times/how often do you fire employees in your organization? What’s your take on who should talk during a termination?
  2. How long should you usually give an emplopyee to cash a check? If a check was lost and you re-issue a check and they have not come to pick up the re-issued check, 2 months later.
  3. Can you review ...
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It goes without saying (but we will anyways) that the pandemic drastically changed our ways of working as well as our expectations of a job. One of the most notable changes was the shift to remote work. While many companies embraced this change and have found a new way of collaborating, others have grown tired of it and are starting to pull back on the remote flexibility many employees have come to expect. 

While there is ...

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In this episode, we dive into the unique challenges faced by HR department of one employees. From managing PTO allocation to navigating a remote-first company culture spread across multiple states, listeners gain insights into the delicate balance of work-life boundaries and professional expectations. We explore practical strategies for addressing personal relocation requests within a company mission rooted in a different geographi...

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Dive into a riveting episode of HR Stories Podcast, featuring the story of Sheri Minarsky's brave stand against workplace harassment. This episode, reveals Sheri's struggle as a secretary in Susquehanna County’s Department of Veterans Affairs, where she endured years of harassment in silence due to fear and isolation. Her story unfolds as a gripping narrative of resilience and courage, culminating in a groundbreaking lega...

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Welcome to another Listener Q&A with The Team at HR Stories! Today's episode goes into these questions:

Question #1 –

Does your company do anything to compensate exempt employees if they travel/work on weekends or holidays? Also, if they travel home on a work day, but they get to town with 4 hours of work day left, do they have to go into the office or get to take the rest of the day off?

Question #2 -

Have you ever heard of a...

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When a piece of equipment with a history of related injuries claims the life of a high school student picking up hours over the summer, is it just a freak accident, or was this a preventable situation? How did the company respond to the OSHA recommendations? In today’s episode, Chuck and John dive into a heavy story about the death of an employee at a mill, covering different levels of OSHA considerations when evaluating injuries i...

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Welcome to another Listener Q&A with The Team at HR Stories! Today's episode goes into these questions:

  1. Does anybody have good ideas to make your Indeed postings stand out and look less “basic” and “dry”?
  2. As a Manager, how do you create an environment where employees can be brave and have no fear of speaking up? Could you share some examples if you have any?
  3. We hired a woman who is pregnant. One of the supervisors is worr...
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December 29, 2023 53 mins

What a year it has been, not only in the world of HR, but for The Team at HR Stories! This year, we kicked off a new episode format called Listener Q&A where we answer questions submitted by YOU! This has been a great opportunity to discuss a variety of issues, from hygiene to employees illegally recording others. Thank you for joining us each week as we dive into stories and learn lessons along the way! Keep the questions comi...

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In this special holiday edition of the HR Stories Podcast, join John and Chuck as they delve into the enchanting yet enlightening tale of Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer. This episode offers a whimsical exploration of serious HR topics, including workplace discrimination, ADA implications, and the responsibilities of management in fostering an inclusive environment. Through the story of Rudolf's unique challenges at Santa's...

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Welcome to another Listener Q&A with The Team at HR Stories! Today's episode goes into these questions:

  1. My new employer is sending me on training in Los Angeles. Can I bring my significant other?
  2. I recently discovered an employee is recording her teammates when she leaves the room to find out what they are saying about her when she is gone. Any other words of wisdom in encouraging her to stop recording?
  3. I have an employee...
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The ADEA, or the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, is meant to protect older workers from disadvantages in job searching and while employed. Whether it's assumptions about technology skills or desires to see a longer tenure from a new hire, older people in the workforce face several hurdles that can result in discrimination allegations. In today's episode, Chuck and John go through three different scenarios where ther...

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Welcome to another Listener Q&A with The Team at HR Stories! Today's episode goes into these questions:

  1. From an HR perspective, what do we need to keep in mind during a merger?
  2. Which would be better received by staff - a Friday or Tuesday as a day to observe a holiday?
  3. If you have an employee requesting to move from full-time to part-time, do you adjust their accrual rate?
  4. How do you stay motivated through the challenges o...
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November 21, 2023 55 mins

Who ordered the Venti Peppermint Mocha Latte topped with discouraging of union activity? Anyone? In today’s story, Chuck and John ‘spill the beans’ on a an issue that ‘brewed’ among a group of employees at Starbucks. This story goes into the ripple effects that can spread when basic communication breaks down and employees have collective issues with company practices.

Updates from the Team at HR Stories:

  • Holiday parties webinar
  • HR...
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Welcome to another Listener Q&A with The Team at HR Stories! Today's episode goes into these questions:

  1. As a new HR Team of One, where do I start?
  2. What would you do if an employee uses PTO suddenly, then silently quits? Would you pay out the time off?
  3. What is HR’s role in performance evaluations?
  4. Do owner partners count toward your total employee count?
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November 7, 2023 55 mins

We’ve all had those days at work where we just can’t give 100%. Maybe we were staying up late to watch the end of the big game. Maybe we had trouble finding childcare for the week. Whatever the reason, there are guaranteed times that employees will struggle with stress and other negative factors that impact overall work production. How can we take opportunities to lessen the negatives and boost the positives, as employers, to not o...

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Today, the team dips into the vault and resurfaces an episode from 2020. See how UPS could have avoided big legal trouble by following accommodation procedures. When a deaf employee was required to attend meets, leadership tried to find every way around hiring an interpreter. 

Revisit the importance of ADA and how to properly accommodate individuals. 

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October 24, 2023 55 mins

"Okay, Boomer! Turn those hearing aids up and listen in." Even when said in jest, statements like these can easily create a situation of age or generational discrimination. In today’s episode, Chuck and John dive into stories of employees who have felt discriminated against due to their age, whether through comments, application processes, or pressures to change appearance. Learn ways to avoid having a potential lawsuit o...

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Welcome to another Listener Q&A with The Team at HR Stories! Today's episode goes into these questions:

  1. I got fired and now my ex-boss is asking for the whereabouts of important files. How should I respond?
  2. What do you do when asked for a reference?
  3. Would you require a new I-9 to be completed if there’s an incorrect document number?
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What do you get when you cross a comedian with a hostile work environment? Today’s story! When a complaint comes out against people on the Jimmy Fallon staff of The Tonight Show, people’s assumptions of it being a fun, positive place to work are challenged. The internal teams at NBC are challenged with the task of addressing issues with a lead personality.

On today’s episode, Chuck and John dive into what steps to take when a leader...

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Welcome to another Listener Q&A with The Team at HR Stories! Today's episode goes into these questions:

  1. I have an employee who consistently makes comments that they aren’t getting the OT they are used to getting and the lack of consistent hours (being they get 37 and not 40 plus). These comments are harming them personally (how people are perceiving them in the workplace). What is a good way of handling this with the em...
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