Ahoy HR! Take a Journey into Human Resources on a Cruise Ship: Lauren

Ahoy HR! Take a Journey into Human Resources on a Cruise Ship: Lauren

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live with your coworkers on the ocean for 8-months each year? In this True Stories at Work episode you get to meet Lauren. Who wanted to be a pirate, astronaut and is now an HR leader on a cruise ship.

Michelle Aronson hosts Lauren, who aspired to be an astronaut, however ended up in HR after a health issue crashed her aerospace engineering dreams. Lauren talks about her practices in addressing HR issues and the unique challenges she faces living and working on a cruise ship, including dealing with staff from 30-40 different nationalities, overseeing personal issues that become HR matters, and handling romantic relationships on board. HR is personal, as Lauren recounts a heart-wrenching incident of an immigration scam involving one of her potential hires. The episode wraps up as Lauren shares how she changed her approach to HR after laying off an entire hotel staff at the beginning of the pandemic… and how she makes HR personal and connected to improve her workplace.

00:00 Introduction
02:09 Lauren’s Story
07:19 True Stories at Work
36:25 Workplace Confession
40:05 Haiku for Lauren



Curious about cross-culture challenges + how to connect more deeply with colleagues at work, here are some links to get started:

How Cultural Differences Can Impact Global Teams

Forming Stronger Bonds with People at Work

Stories are what we remember and how we connect, so please share yours with me

Tell a story!

Make a Workplace Confession


Host: Michelle Aronson

Editor: Bella Hutchins


Haiku for Lauren

Lauren is not a pirate.

But achieves her HR dreams…

as she sees (seas(;)) the world.

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