#HRMixTape2019 | The Ultimate HR Playlist

5 songs to get HR pros through the week

In Retention by Lori McKnight

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Steven Browne, an HR Rockstar on SHRM’s Board of Directors and VP of HR at LaRosa’s, challenged me to a mixed tape-off of sorts. A compilation of songs to get HR professionals through the highs, lows and humdrum activities of a typical week. Never one to turn down a challenge, here are my top 5 open mic picks!

1. Never Say Goodbye – Jon Bon Jovi

This Jon Bon song has a different meaning to me today than at my 1989 high school prom. With an incredibly tight labor market, especially in certain sectors, “Never Say Goodbye” is the theme song for companies struggling to keep top talent. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the job hopping epidemic will continue in 2019 as employees leave to expedite higher salaries and promotions.

link to Bon Jovi - Never Say Goodbye song

Fact: In 2018, each month over 3.5 million Americans voluntarily quit their jobs, the fastest rate since 2001. Attracting and keeping top Millennial talent is one of the biggest issues keeping leaders up at night.

2. What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger – Kelly Clarkson

Recruiting, interviewing, hiring, onboarding, training then doing it all again less than a year later. “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger” really speaks to HR professionals and anyone else responsible for managing people. It’s the hardest, most unpredictable job on the planet and one of the biggest influences on whether an employee will stay or leave. Thanks to poor managers, your best employees are getting a new thing started and managers can only blame me, myself and I.

Poor managers negatively impact morale and retention making it more difficult for a company to grow (not to mention the extra work, late nights and stress taking a toll on your HR mind and body).

link to Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) song

Fact: According to Gallup, 75% of the reasons people quit come down to their managers and 79% of employees who quit say “lack of appreciation” was why they left.

3. Man in the Mirror – Michael Jackson

Man in the Mirror is an awesome exit interview theme song choice for managers wondering why their people keep leaving. Add this to your play list and indiscreetly play during your debrief as a segway into suggesting he/she start to look at the Man (or woman) In the Mirror. Do they recognize their employees efforts? Could their message be any clearer? If you want to make the workplace a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change. Millennials want to work for a company that cares about them, their customers and the community. Make it right.

link to Michael Jackson - Man In The Mirror song [Audio HQ]

Fact: According to Simon Sinek, Millennials more than any other demographic need to work for managers who care. Learn why in his short video excerpt. Download this handy wall chart for your management team and other FREE posters that remind others to appreciate and recognize.

4. GhostBusters – Ray Parker Jr

Have you been ghosted at work? In a recent webinar we hosted on this topic, 75% of HR professionals said they or their organization had been ghosted at work. For many HR pros, that’s actually a blessing compared to those who show up for the first few days or months and then leave without a trace. For this reason Ghostbusters makes it on my list!

link to Ray Parker Jr. - Ghostbusters song

Fact: Recruiters are seeing 20-50% of interview candidates not showing up. To learn more about how to prevent Ghosting in the Workplace listen to our HR.com webinar or download the webinar slides.

5. Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger – Daft Punk

Work is never over. Do it harder, faster, better, stronger. Despite the lyrics this song totally motivates me – more at the gym than my desk but none the less it’s made it on the list! Workplace norms that encourage walking breaks, healthy eating, more physical activity, respect, positivity and stress management help employees AND have a huge impact on absenteeism and productivity.

link to Daft Punk - Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger song

Fact: Assuming one lives to age 71, the average person spends:

  • 33% of life at work and 7,709 days sitting
  • 41% on a technological device = 10,625 days
  • 0.69% exercising = 180 days
  • 6.8% socializing with friends = 1,765 days

Is there a prize for covering every decade?

Those are my HR inspired tunes! Check out @SBrowne’s and @MarkHendyHR’s #HRMixTape2019.

Author: Lori McKnight

Lori McKnightLori is the VP of Recognition for CSI International Inc. She has a MBA with a minor in Human Resources, is a Certified Recognition Professional and member of the SHRM blog squad. Prior to joining CSI STARS, she worked at Mercer Human Resource Consulting and Youthography, a youth market research agency. Connect with CSI STARS on LinkedIn to learn how we cultivate a workforce that loves coming to work.