As Human Resources professionals, we’re often stereotyped as a PC police force: trolling the workplace for policy violations and completely lacking any notion of humor. In reality: joking, cursing and trading workplace war stories during HR Happy Hours are often the norm behind the scenes. When it comes to staying up to date with engaging industry content, surfing LinkedIn simply doesn’t cut it anymore; instead, we crave something more raw—something that provides an honest and entertaining outlook on the everyday and out of the ordinary experiences we’re exposed to in the world of HR. While becoming relatively easier to find, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite sources for “outside the box” employment-related content below.
Hostile Work Environment (with Marc and Dennis)
Where should you go when seeking legal advice? NOT the Hostile Work Environment podcast, which features a rotating opening disclaimer reminding viewers of the very same message. Marc and Dennis are two Portland-based employment lawyers who provide a weekly review of the hot-button, completely horrifying, and absolute craziest updates in the world of Employment Law. While the podcast is certainly has a reputation for its entertainment value, the hosts take their time to break down the facts of each case and the lawsuits that inevitably follow through a careful legal lens. Not sure where to start? If you can make it through Episode 26 (Fluids), you’ve passed the HWE initiation and proceed with the rest of the series.
2020 Update: While we said goodbye to Marc and Dennis after 50 episodes in 2018, the podcast is making its long-awaited return with a mysterious new cohost joining Marc in March 2020. Be sure to tune in for the latest in legal hijinx.
Ask A Manager
Alison Green’s Ask A Manager blog will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and it will make you shout, “WTF??”. Readers can submit their burning questions about their bosses, coworkers, or any other workplace wonders and you can expect Alison’s responses to be candid and honest, always telling readers what they need to hear vs. what they may want to hear. One recent example of a wild Ask A Manager rollercoaster ride stemmed from an absolutely horrifying and heartbreaking submission from a reader whose boss was dating their father—and was asked to join the pair for couples therapy (and that was just the tip of the iceberg)! The reaction to this story was so overwhelming that Ask a Manager readers were quick to respond with offers to the original poster ranging from employment offers to massage certificates, proving that there is some good in the Twitterverse.
The Evil HR Lady
Suzanne Lucas aka the “Evil HR Lady” is my HR Spirit Animal. She is witty, unapologetic, and continues to fight the good fight against the outdated idea that HR Professionals are the evil, out-of-touch, anti-fun brigade. While covering a wide range of industry insights, Suzanne authored one of my favorite posts 2018 so far: dropping the mic on the victim-blaming stigma that is often present during allegations of sexual harassment. Looking for an honest take on all that’s trending in HR? Look no further than the Evil HR Lady.
Ohio Employer Law Blog
I was first introduced to Jon Hyman‘s Ohio Employer Law Blog during a special episode of the Hostile Work Environment Podcast titled “The Worst Employer of 2017”. While the Worst Employer Nominees are an entertaining draw, I also admire his work for humanizing the Management side of the Employment Law field. Stay tuned in to his blog for an opportunity to vote for and see who will be crowned the Worst Employer of 2018 (currently 14 nominees as of the publishing of this post).
2020 Update: Jon’s “Worst Employer” list is still running strong, and you can catch up on the current 2020 nominees.
Now that you know mine, what are some of your favorite “Outside the Box” ways to stay up to date in Human Resources? Share in the comments below!
This post was updated on February 13, 2020