In episode 64, Coffey talks with Mary Ann Fulgium about the legal and cultural implications of remote work.

They discuss the value of collaboration and how it is affected by remote work; why employers are opting for and scheduling hybrid work; many job seekers’ expectations for fully-remote work; the importance of accurate time keeping with non-exempt remote employees; flexibility differences between exempt and non-exempt employees in remote environments; the importance of measuring productivity and performance; location restrictions and general policies for remote workers; and what employers can do to maintain work culture in remote environments.

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Mary Ann Fulgium

Mary Ann Fulgium

Mary Ann Fulgium is a senior Human Resources consultant with the Whitney Smith Company where she has worked the past 15 years.

The Whitney Smith Company (recently acquired by Higginbotham) is an HR consulting firm located in downtown Fort Worth and has been in business over 30 years.

Through her years with The Whitney Smith Company, Mary Ann has worked with clients of all sizes and from all industries assisting in all types of HR issues and needs.

Prior to working for The Whitney Smith Company Mary Ann’s HR experience included both public and private sectors.

She has worked in local government, manufacturing and healthcare. She has her SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications and is licensed by the state of Texas as a private investigator.


Mary Ann Fulgium can be reached at



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