Good Morning, HR
Good Morning, HR
Feb 24, 2022
The "Never Normal" Workforce with Ira Wolfe
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In episode 33, Coffey talks with Ira Wolfe about the pandemic’s ongoing impact on recruiting and retaining employees, which Ira calls the “never normal.” They discuss what successful employers did early in the pandemic and where others struggled; how technology has helped and hurt employer-employee relationships; the importance of workforce adaptability in the future; preparing for continuing labor shortages; and what to expect in the workforce in the coming decade.

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About our Guest:

If there is a crystal ball for what the future of jobs, work, and the workplace look like, it lies in the head of Ira S. Wolfe.

Ira has emerged as one of the top 5 Global Thought Leaders in the Future of Work and HR. visionary thinker in what happens When the Shift Hits Your Plan.

Ira S Wolfe is a Millennial trapped in a Baby Boomer body and one of the Top 100 HR Influencers for 2021. He is the president of Poised for the Future Company, founder of Success Performance Solutions, a TEDx Speaker, Top 5 Global Thought Leader on Future of Work and HR (Thinkers360), and host of Geeks Geezers Googlization podcast (selected as one of the top 70 business podcasts to listen to in 2022). 

Ira is a frequent presenter at SHRM and business conferences and a guest on over 50 podcasts each year. His most recent book is Recruiting in the Age of Googlization, now in its 2nd edition, was selected as one of the top 50 books to read in 2021 by Thinkers360.

He is the founder of the Googlization Nation community and frequent contributor to HR and business blogs including CornerstoneonDemand's ReWork and Medium. Hes a frequent expert guest on NTD Business News and has been featured in INC Magazine, Fast Company, Business Week, American Express OPEN, NFIB, Inc., Intuit Small Business and Fox Business. He is also the author of 5 other books including Perfect Labor Storm and Understanding Business Values and Motivators.

Ira Wolfe can be reached at and

About Mike Coffey:

Mike Coffey is an entrepreneur, human resources professional, licensed private investigator, and HR consultant.

In 1999, he founded Imperative, a background investigations firm helping risk-averse companies make well-informed decisions about the people they involve in their business.

Today, Imperative serves hundreds of businesses across the US and, through its PFC Caregiver & Household Screening brand, many more private estates, family offices, and personal service agencies.

Mike has been recognized as an Entrepreneur of Excellence and has twice been named HR Professional of the Year.

Additionally, Imperative is included in the prestigious Best Places to Work in Texas list and has been named the Texas Association of Business’ small business of the year.

Mike is a member of the Fort Worth chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization and volunteers with the SHRM Texas State Council.

Mike maintains his certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through the HR Certification Institute. He is also a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

Mike lives in Fort Worth with his very patient wife. He practices yoga and maintains a keto diet, about both of which he will gladly tell you way more than you want to know.

Learning Objectives:

1.  Understand the need for employer-sponsored job training programs to retain and attract employees.

2.  Understand the difference between problems that can be solved by technology and those solved by new leadership processes.

3.  Understand how candidate’s expectations continue to evolve and how employers processes need to be responsive.

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