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News Articles & Blogs

May, 2024

When someone you manage isn’t following the return-to-office policy

Here’s a sticky Manager’s Knot: How can line managers encourage employees to comply with an unpopular “return to office” mandate? Carol shares some ideas with the Harvard Business Review.

April, 2024

Why don’t Australians talk about their salaries? Pay transparency and fairness go hand-in-hand.

Employers are facing regulatory pressure to be more transparent about their pay practices, but it can be tricky to get pay transparency right. Carol summarized the benefits and risks in this article she wrote for The Conversation.

January, 2024

What 5 weeks of annual leave could mean for employee wellbeing

This HRD article describes a call for Australian employers to increase annual leave, and Carol comments on the implications for employee well-being. More annual leave gives employees more autonomy to balance their work and non-work lives, and might be a great retention tool!

October, 2023

Gen X workers want different benefits. Companies are answering the call.

This BBC Worklife article includes Carol’s comments on the symbolic and signaling effects of employee benefits. You’ll find lots of great content about benefits in Human Resources for the Non-HR Manager's Chapter 2 (Recruiting Employees) and Chapter 8 (Rewarding Employees).

October, 2023

Downsizing by stealth: How not to lay off staff

Downsizing is never going to be easy, but there are ways to reduce the pain. Carol talked with the Australian Financial Review about compassionate downsizing, a topic that readers will recognize from Human Resources for the Non-HR Manager’s Chapter 9!

October, 2023

The best less businessy, business books that can help managers

Elissa is on a mission to get research-based evidence into the hands of people who can put it to good use. Here’s her take on “less businessy” business books from authors who translate research into language that people can understand.

September, 2023

How to be a better boss

Elissa talked with the Teachers College Newsroom about how to be a better boss. The article provides a nice summary of the book’s philosophy and target audience. And we love the image that positions line managers as superheroes!

July, 2023

The best books for making work a better place to be (when you aren't the big boss)

Carol likes to imagine Human Resources for the Non-HR Manager in good company on a manager’s bookshelf. In this blog, she recommends some of her favorite books about making work a better place to be (when you aren’t the big boss).

July, 2023

The how and why of building a diverse workforce

Carol wrote this article for Financy, a fintech startup that helps organizations move the dial on diversity, equity and inclusion. She presents a handful of “hot tips” for line managers, explaining how they can support inclusion without a heap of extra stress or fuss.

June, 2023

What does an effective line manager look like in 2023?

Carol’s article for HRM Online answers this key question: What does an effective line manager look like in 2023 (and beyond)? And how can HR professionals support the line managers in their organizations?

Webinars & Podcasts

March, 2024

Line managers as accidental people managers

Carol, together with Sylvia Powell and Shane Farley, presents “Line Managers as Accidental People Managers” in the University of South Australia Centre for Workplace Excellence four-part webinar series entitled Achieving Workplace Excellence: The Critical Role of Line Managers.

December, 2023

Line managers: The unsung heroes in every organisation

Carol presents “Line Managers: The Unsung Heroes in Every Organisation” to a gathering of the exploration and mining industries in South Australia.

September, 2023

Carol Kulik on HR for the Non-HR Manager

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Dr Ben Butina’s Department 12 podcast covers “Everything IO Psych.” Carol talked with Department 12 about a few favorite topics: how line managers make work a better place, how people management differs across international contexts, and how we can make progress on grand challenges one small step at a time. 

August, 2023

Teaching management best practices

The Academy of Management hosts panels of management scholars to discuss trending management topics. In this webinar, Carol highlights educators’ responsibility to help practicing managers develop the skills they need. And she squeezes in a plug for L-E-S-S is more thinking!

July, 2022

What is the future of the office?

This short film from The Economist includes Carol’s observations on hybrid work’s impact on the employer-employee relationship (with a particular focus on trust and autonomy).




August, 2024

Professional Development Workshop: Educating Managers with Hands-On Teaching Tools that Link Research to Practice

84th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM 2024); 9-13 August 2024 | Chicago, IL, USA

PDW Session number: 12099, 10 August, 2024, 8:15AM - 9:45AM (CDT)

Elissa and Carol will be hosting a professional development workshop at AOM focused on narrowing the research-practice gap. Management educators play an important role in narrowing this gap by sharing evidence-based content (scientific principles and research evidence related to specific management topics) with managers and helping managers develop the skills to incorporate this content into their practice. This PDW uses a “tell and show” format to demonstrate teaching tools (including the Undercover Manager activities that accompany Human Resources for the Non-HR Manager) that incorporate adult learning principles into management education.

For more information visit the Academy of Management website.

February, 2024

Carol presented “Line Managers: The Unsung Heroes in Every Organisation” at the MBA Association of Ireland & Cork University Business School's joint sponsored annual alumni event. Click the photo to view a short video of the event.

Carol presents Line Managers: The Unsung Heroes
New York City

October, 2023

Human Resources for the Non-HR Manager is all about helping managers create better, more inclusive, and healthier workplaces.  Elissa conducted a workshop for the Teachers College community on Creating Healthy Workplaces, based on the research evidence about how organisations can prioritise employee well-being.

Elissa workshopping healthy workplaces

August, 2023

The Centre for Workplace Excellence at the University of South Australia hosted an event celebrating the release of Human Resources for the Non-HR Manager.


July, 2023

The Teachers College, Columbia University community warmly welcomed Human Resources for the Non-HR Manager (and its authors)!

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