HR Maverick

Austin Morgan

Austin became the HR Director at Discovery Connections in 2021. Before that he worked as an Account Manager for a Section 125 benefits and COBRA administrator. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Exercise Science in 2019 and from Southern Utah University with a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership in 2021. At end of 2021, he became certified with SHRM-CP.

Originally from Oklahoma, Austin enjoys trying new foods in new places he travels to, watching college football, and snowboarding the local resorts in Utah. He has been married to his wife since 2019 and owns a cockapoo named Hershey.

What words of advice and encouragement would you give to someone just starting out in HR?

There are so many niches in HR so you should search until you find your passion! Get really good at asking questions to those you look up to and apply the principles that you love to your career. Do everything you can to get the experience, education and certifications early to propel yourself to the level of HR you desire to be at.

Competitive Pay

At the end of the day, employees work for money. While a passion for their job is important and welcomed, without being able to pay bills or save for experiences they desire, employees will not stick around for long. Let’s talk about how to create competitive pay for your employees.

Glassdoor Recruiting

Glassdoor is a powerful tool that can either help or hurt your recruiting efforts. Read on to see why.

Company Purpose

A company’s purpose answers what the business is trying to achieve and why. Popular companies such as Ford, Airbnb, and ESPN have strong purposes that have driven their decisions for years. Here we will explain what a company’s purpose is, why it is important and how to create your own.

Hiring Millennials

We’ve heard a lot about Millennials in the workplace. It’s important for you to learn more about Millennials and how to adapt to their characteristics and work style. We can help.

OCD in the Workplace

“Oh, I’m so OCD” is a common phrase many people will say when in reality they are not. But actual OCD has several causes, criteria, symptoms and pathology. When legitimate OCD enters the workplace, employers need to adapt.

COBRA

When you hear the term COBRA, you can’t help but think of a big snake. Most employees and employers do not know how this insurance law works until it’s time to elect for coverage after termination. In the stress of employment separation, COBRA can seem confusing, but it is simply the continuation of insurance at the cost of the former employee.

Remote-First Company

Do you know the difference between remote-first and remote-friendly workplaces? Working with either involves tactics, methods, and practices that allow the organization to operate efficiently despite employing remote workers. Rest assured this article will answer your questions and guide your team to continued success.

Adult Learning Principles

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median age for U.S. employees is 42. An employer skilled at adult learning principles can adapt their workforce to the constantly changing industry demands while attracting new talent.

Unpaid Time Off (UTO)

Life happens, and sometimes employees need more time away from work than is covered by paid time off. What happens then? Having a clear unpaid time off policy that reflects your company’s values is essential.

Executive Onboarding

Hiring a new executive for your company is an expensive and important process, but your job isn’t over with the hire. Making sure the new leader gets oriented and feels supported is crucial to solidifying a good match and increasing their productivity as quickly as possible. How do you create an effective, welcoming, and nurturing onboarding process for a new executive?

Candidate Pool

Your company will need new employees at some point as turnover naturally occurs. How will you fill those spots? Your first step is to create a well-stocked candidate pool filled with qualified potential employees that can help your company grow for the future.

Rightsizing

Every company must plan for and react to changes in their industry. You should often ask yourself, do I need more or less staff to meet my current demands? Here you will find out the difference in downsizing and rightsizing and how to accomplish appropriate staffing decisions that will enable you to remain competitive in your industry.
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