As the U.S. starts to return to work and the new “normal,” there are four factors risk management expert Pete Edgmon says employers “need to be mindful of.” They are: Employee demographics: Firms have to consider the nature of the company when evaluating health plan costs. For example, do employees do strenuous labor or do […]
Adjust. That could be the single most important word and action to keep employees engaged through uncertain times. While we’ve never seen anything as uncertain as the pandemic, one thing is certain: HR leaders and front-line managers will have to lead teams through many crises of different forms – from downsizing and layoffs to natural […]
Good benefits communication is more important than the actual benefits you offer – at least when it comes to employee satisfaction.
Every HR pro knows striking a balance between employee and company advocate can be tricky. And because one of HR’s main functions is to protect the company, many employees are naturally distrustful. Others are dissatisfied with how their HR department has handled issues in the past. Either way, there’s a disconnect between employees and HR, […]
Change is almost the only certain thing in businesses today. So HR pros need to continually help employees navigate change. In fact, your guidance to managers and front-line employees is critical. “Employees may feel unsure and fearful about any new direction … or change they are forced to deal with,” says Kate Zabriskie, president of […]
In today’s work environment, measuring remote employee engagement could be the HR practice with the most impact. When you try to learn about employees’ new challenges, triumphs and feelings – and act on what you understand – you can help the remote workforce thrive. HR pros and front-line managers want to keep a close eye […]
It’s a rare case, but one that could affect more employers as the pandemic continues: An employer can’t force a teleworking employee to return, a Massachusetts federal district court ruled. In Peeples v. Clinical Support Opinions, Gabriel Peeples, an asthmatic social worker, asked for an accommodation to continue to telework. When he was called back […]
We don’t connect like we did before the pandemic. It’s time to communicate effectively again and regain professional connections. Sure, if it wasn’t for technology advancements, many businesses would’ve failed during the pandemic. Zoom meetings, Google Chats, email and document sharing apps let people communicate often. But they aren’t the most effective ways to communicate. “One […]
Can work just go back to the way it was? Nope, because COVID changed everything – especially work. Managers need to lead differently. We all need to communicate differently. And companies need to do business differently. But different can be good – even better, say Harvard Business School experts. Here are five keys to creating […]
The research is clear – employee recognition appears consistently near the top of things that motivate employees to do their best work. For many workers, it means more than even a financial reward. And research indicates that cash rewards can actually be counter-productive if they aren’t combined with other ways of recognizing hard work. A […]
The pandemic forced employees apart – and worsened an existing HR issue: Employee trust is painfully low. Seventy percent of employees don’t trust management in their organizations, a Blind study found. On the surface, you might be OK with a certain level of distrust between employees and management – after all, a little friction can […]
A new survey suggests the benefits companies offer may not be pulling their weight in employee satisfaction. The solution: better communication.
Firms are poised to offer programs and redesign workplace policies that uphold their employees’ values and demonstrate care for employees’ well-being.
Pull yourself away from all the doom and gloom talk surrounding U.S. workers’ financial situations for a second, and enjoy this breath of fresh air:
The pandemic’s had a negative impact on women in the workplace. Why is this? Because caregiving responsibilities and other unpaid, informal labor are performed by women the majority of the time. In 2020 alone, it’s estimated that women lost more than 5 million jobs, according to the new report “The gender gap widens: Three critical […]
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