Steve Browne

Steve Browne, SPHR, is the Executive Director of Human Resources for LaRosa's, Inc., a regional pizzeria restaurant chain in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana with 18 locations and over 1,400 team members. Steve has been an HR professional for more than 20 years in the manufacturing, consumer products, and professional services industries. He also facilitates a monthly HR Roundtable in Cincinnati and runs an Internet message board for HR pros that reaches 5,700 people weekly. Contact him at sbrowne@larosas.com.

Articles by Steve Browne

HR Insights, HR Management

HR Roundtable: How to Handle and Cope With Workplace Behavior

HR round table

The October HR Roundtable in Cincinnati gathered to discuss a factor of the workplace which is too often overlooked.

What is that factor? Behavior.

The reality of HR is that we are constantly surrounded by, and have to work with and/or address, the behavior of others. The Roundtable wanted to delve into this so that HR people would no longer overlook behavior, but own it and work with it. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

HR Roundtable: How Do You Develop Creativity in HR?

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There was a definite buzz for the September HR Roundtable in Cincinnati because the topic was a bit out of the “norm.” Everyone was gathering to discuss “Creativity in HR.”

HR isn’t typically viewed as being creative, so it was interesting to take a step outside the boundaries of traditional thought to see what people would have to share.

The small groups started with the following questions to spark discussion: Read more…

HR Management, Training & Development

HR Roundtable: Performance Management vs. Professional Development

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The August HR Roundtable in Cincinnati took a stab at the age-old HR conundrum of Performance Management vs. Professional Development.

The forum took the focus of development as its launching point, but the conversation inevitably fell back into what we know and practice. It was a really interactive session and the attendees started with these brain teasers to get conversation going.

The questions: Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

HR Roundtable: How to Make Change Sustainable

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As the summer heat started to take hold, the HR Roundtable in Cincinnati gathered to take on the ever elusive topic of “How to Make Change Sustainable.”

Change, and change agent, have become terms that are thrown around in HR to the point of being ineffective catchphrases. The Roundtable was going to take a different approach to “change” to see if they could come up with ideas that put some substance to this topic which could be translated into action within companies.

So, the small groups started with the following questions: Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

HR Roundtable: The Many Challenges of Post-Recession Recruiting

HR round table

The HR Roundtable in Cincinnati took on a different buzz than normal this month because we were jumping into a hot topic.

The group gathered to tackle “Post Recession Recruiting.” The recruiting landscape has definitely changed since the Great Recession, and it appears to be on the verge of shifting again.

To sate the excitement of the attendees, they took on the following questions:

  1. How has recruiting changed since the recession?
  2. Why should companies care about the candidate experience?
  3. How can both sides (candidates and employers) get better at recruiting? Read more…
HR Insights, HR Management

HR Roundtable: Making Ethics, Mission and Vision Come Alive

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You could tell that Spring was in the air as people began to gather for the May HR Roundtable in Cincinnati.

The attendees were excited to talk about the topic of “Making Ethics, Mission and Vision Come Alive in Your Organization.” The focus of everything was to see what we could suggest so that these weren’t just pretty statements hanging on a wall or stuffed deep inside an employee handbook.

To get started, the small groups took on the following questions: Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

HR Roundtable: How HR Approaches Behavior in the Workplace

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As attendees at the April HR Roundtable in Cincinnati began to gather for the monthly forum, you could tell they were excited about this month’s topic.

We were going to be discussing “Behavior at Work and HR’s Approach.” To get the ball rolling, Steve opened with the following questions:

  1. How do you define “behavior” in the workplace?
  2. Why do HR/Supervisors/Management struggle with behavior?
  3. How can we change our perspective and approach? Read more…
HR Basics, HR Management

HR Roundtable: The Challenges Handling Religion in the Workplace

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The February HR Roundtable in Cincinnati met under a “cloud” because January’s Roundtable was canceled due to the serious winter weather – not because the topic of “Religion in the Workplace.” (or so Steve hoped !)

This topic could become very divisive and heated, but Steve encouraged the attendees to look at this from some different angles.

Here are the three questions the small groups took on:

  1. What misconceptions do people have about religion in the workplace?
  2. What’s the difference between tolerance and being knowledgeable? Read more…
HR Management

HR Roundtable: Just What Is Performance Management, Anyway?

HR round table

Steve wanted to end 2013 on a high note with the HR Roundtable in Cincinnati, so he made sure there had a juicy topic to discuss.

The topic was this — “Just what is Performance Management?”  This drew a very engaged group of folks who wanted to dive in and discuss this emotion-filled area of HR.

The small groups were tasked with answering the following questions:

  1. How do you define “performance management?” Read more…
HR Insights, HR Management

HR Roundtable: What Is Talent – and Why Aren’t We More Focused On It?

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The word “talent” gets thrown around rather easily in the HR community.

In fact, in some corners it’s become more of a catchphrase versus an actual focus. Because of that, the November HR Roundtable in Cincinnati decided to tackle this topic and give it the bones/context it deserves.

We started with the basics and built from there. Here’s where we began: Read more…