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5 Ways to Practice Disability Inclusion #NDEAM


Photo credit: © Disability:IN Each October, the US Department of Labor (DOL) observes the National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).

How to Optimize Workplace Conversations for Better Business Success


Effective communication in workplace environments isn’t always easy, as the traditional annual performance review illustrates. If you only meet once a year, both manager and employee are often guarded and defensive — hardly the best mental state for real, meaningful communication. Under such circumstances, misunderstandings and conflicts are possible, and many an employee has left an annual review confused or angry as a result.

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How HR Can Apply Learnings from an Exit Interview


How to Apply Learnings from an Exit Interview. While exit interviews have become a requisite part of the employee offboarding process, they should be viewed more as a valuable opportunity for HR managers to glean key information as to the reasons that employees leave their positions.

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Trending Soon 2020: Accessibility, Balance, and Adaptability

Ultimate Software

Every year, about this time, my colleagues and I reflect on the experiences and circumstances that made the greatest impression on us thus far in 2019, how those forces have shaped our work-lives and those of our customers, and most importantly, we begin to think about what the coming year will hold for people and organizations across the globe. We also explore the major trends impacting industries and disciplines other than HR and relate those trends to the world of work. This year there are major socio-economic, geo-political and demographic forces at play that will radically affect our workforces and workplaces and require immediate and intentional action, even if the effects are not yet obvious. We are coming off a year in which companies realized the importance of addressing the well-being of their overloaded employees holistically, while simultaneously understanding and planning for the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In the coming year, we must extend our view further into the future—while grappling with a long-term labor shortage and dealing with a massive crisis in trust—to ensure our survival in the future of work. Consider that the majority of business leaders are focused on growth, while countries and organizations around the world are facing unprecedented numbers of unfilled jobs. What workforce will fuel the growth that we strive for? Smart technology, AI and robots will play a role, helping some sectors of the economy more than others. But in order to survive and thrive in the coming years, we will need to tap into new and underutilized workforce segments and empower them in uniquely humanistic ways. Focus on Accessibility. The world population is aging – a fact that will become one of the most significant social transformations of the twenty-first century in virtually every country in the world, impacting all sectors of society, including the workplace ( UN ). As the population ages, another workforce reality is emerging: many of us will age into disability. We’re now grappling with record-high labor shortages in Japan, Germany, coastal cities in China, and the U.S. (where we have a gap of more than 1.7 million jobs). Meanwhile, more than one billion people worldwide are currently unemployed or underemployed due to some form of disability. To enable this vast workforce, our organizations will have to make work truly accessible. In fact, as the number of organizations investing in D&I initiatives increases globally, we must now expand these programs to explicitly include non-traditional labor segments, such as ‘gig’ workers, returning retirees, and people with visible and invisible disabilities, and the neuro-divergent. We can no longer ignore or shut out a large portion of the workforce if we are to meet the needs of our businesses and customers. Organizations will need to invest in technologies that can augment and compliment the capabilities of diverse groups of people while making their workplaces, and transportation to these workplaces, fully accessible. Central to this effort is to extend the scope of “accessibility” to include access to new opportunities , which makes inclusion, not just accommodation, critical. Organizations will want to redefine work to be more fluid and flexible to meet the requirements of more people including generalists, specialists, gig workers, retirees, remote and virtual workers. This could mean introducing cyclical or intermittent work, which is not the same as seasonal work, or lifecycle-based assignments and compensation. Organizations must do more to attract and select diverse and disabled individuals based on actual job requirements, and provide significantly better accommodations so that all employees can contribute to their full potential. The impact of diversity and inclusion initiatives are clear: Improved innovation, productivity, and overall business outcomes. Balance Transparency and Data Privacy. What makes these investments in accessibility more challenging and critical is that, across the globe, we are in a period of increasing uncertainty and decreasing trust in our institutions, the media, and many governments. With nowhere else to turn, people are ultimately placing their trust in their employers (Edleman Trust Barometer, 2019). This is a huge responsibility for organizations, who risk losing talent if they cannot strike the right balance between providing employees with the transparency, candor and open communication that foster trust, and the mounting pressure to be less open to protect the data and privacy of people at work. Add to this the movement to support “employee data control/ownership as a human right”, and organizations are often woefully unequipped to successfully and legally balance the needs of all parties. This disconnect is evidenced by the growing number of complaints, fines, and lawsuits connected to these issues currently making headlines. HR will have to lead organizations in navigating these murky waters— even in Europe, where data privacy is better defined, notable ambiguity remains in how to meet regulations. Policies and programs will need to be updated continuously as regulations and their complexity and scope increase, communication will have to be clear and consistent, and information and systems will have to be both secure and accessible to all. Build an Adaptive Workforce. For organizations to become more accessible and fluid, so all people can thrive and be productive in an environment of trust and belonging, new adaptive skills and capabilities will have to be developed in our workforces. Though there has been recent discussion in HR circles about the need for adaptable organizations, little focus has been placed on the need to develop an adaptive workforce. I believe that the sole emphasis on transforming the organization is misplaced. We must build adaptability into our workforce by ensuring that we identify and develop those skills essential to flourishing in the ever-changing environment that is the modern workplace. We pay lip service to the new critical professional skills, such as self-awareness, empathy, and resilience, but little action has been taken to establish these as the primary skills to gauge how a person will contribute to and impact an organization. Too many business leaders and recruiters prioritize technical skills, while new entrants to the workforce have so much more to offer and contribute. People want to be recognized for their contributions and want to learn adaptive skills that will enable them to continuously have a positive impact on their organizations and communities. Unfortunately, we are underserved in tools to quantify impact and contribution. It is a lot for us to grapple with, and 2020 is the year in which we have to do it. So much is at stake in human and financial terms, and our organizations will not survive—much less evolve—without taking note of and affecting change. This is the time for us to step up; protecting our people’s privacy at the same time being more open with them; making work accessible technologically, cognitively, and physically; and ensuring we develop and value adaptability in our people, essentially putting all people first in every way. The post Trending Soon 2020: Accessibility, Balance, and Adaptability appeared first on Ultimate Software's Blog. Workforce Trends accessibility adaptive workforce data privacy MegaTrends

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Does Your Workforce Have the Talent DNA for the Digital Future?

With the increasing adoption of automation and data-driven technologies, the workforce is changing rapidly — regardless of whether we’re prepared to face it. Keeping up with the velocity of change is vital to success, and that means building digital readiness into the DNA of your organization so your workforce is ready to face an uncertain and constantly changing future.

The Key Differences between Direct and Indirect Procurement


Direct and indirect procurement are both crucial in business growth.

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Workplace horror stories we wish were not real


When we were kids, we used to share scary stories with our friends. And, more often than not, we would exaggerate a little bit (or a lot) to make the story juicier. But, now, as grownups, we still have some scary tales to tell; only this time, they come from the workplace, and they’re 100% real.

Why Repelling Talent Is the Best Employer Brand Strategy

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Charlotte Marshall, Global Employer Brand Lead at Danaher Corporation, shares her expert insight and advice on employer branding, plus what she's learned from building and launching brands at five different Fortune 500 organizations. Employer Resources

Customer Experience Strategy – 30 Ways to go about


I bet every business guru you turned to advised you to create a customer experience strategy to enhance customer experience, didn’t they? Yes, they sure did!! I am not about to tell you that they were wrong. They couldn’t be more right.

Republishing: Friend or Foe

marenated HR

By Madison Knopik: For those of you who are unfamiliar with republishing, let’s break it down. Republishing is when you take content already published and republished it onto another site.

2020 Report: The Future of HR

Paycor asked more than 500 leaders of medium and small businesses to talk about the present and future of HR. Download the guide and see what they said. Their responses will surprise you!

Social Round-Up: These Are A Few of our Favorite Updates


We're at the end of another exciting week at Benefitexpress. Whether you attended our FMLA webinar, downloaded our new HRA cheat sheet, or are preparing for ACA reporting season, we've compiled a few of our top favorite social media status updates below.

2020 Open Enrollment – Important Tips and Dates You Can’t Miss

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Open Enrollment (OE) is the period of time each year when employees may make changes to their elected benefits.

More Employees Quit Because They Don’t Like Their Boss


Quitting due to your boss is more common than you may think. Unfortunately, many workers have dealt with a bad boss in their career, and in some cases, even quit their job because of them.

Workplace horror stories we wish were not real


When we were kids, we used to share scary stories with our friends. And, more often than not, we would exaggerate a little bit (or a lot) to make the story juicier. But, now, as grownups, we still have some scary tales to tell; only this time, they come from the workplace, and they’re 100% real.

How to Activate Employee Voice to Create and Sustain a Speak Up Culture

This whitepaper details how leaders can shift into an ‘action mindset’ that allows for growth and change at every level of your organization. Speak Up cultures promote productivity, improve retention efforts, and create positive employee engagement.

20 Employee Engagement Tips Employers Shouldn’t Ignore

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Category. 20 Employee Engagement Tips Employers Shouldn’t Ignore. Higher employee engagement leads to more productive workplaces. Moreover, employers with highly engaged employees attract new talent and retain existing employees much easier. October 25, 2019. By Kristina Martic.

The Top 5 Small Business Health Insurance Options in 2020


The cost of health care isn’t just something impacting individuals and their families—it also affects businesses that want to prioritize employee health benefits. Small businesses are the most vulnerable to these costs.

What is Competency Management and Why Do You Need It?


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Create a Positive Workplace Culture For Your Employees


Every successful organization has a dynamic workplace culture, which is often led by an effective leader. It is important to understand that workplace culture is not only about the behavior of its employees but also about the values […]. Employee Engagement

The Art of Selecting Candidate Pre-Hire Assessments

Speaker: Melissa Dobbins, Founder & CEO, Career.Place

At the core of successful hiring practices is the fair and accurate evaluation of skills, abilities, knowledge and other criteria for a job. One powerful method to do this is through psychometric assessments. The right assessments used in the right way provide objective evaluation of criteria that are far more accurate than interviews alone. Unfortunately, choosing the wrong assessments or using assessments in the wrong way can lead to bad choices, biases, and even discriminatory practices that violate compliance standards.

10 Employee Benefits Open Enrollment Automation Advantages

Asure Software

If you’re handling your company’s employee benefits open enrollment manually, your frustration is felt. It’s progressively more difficult every year.… … The post 10 Employee Benefits Open Enrollment Automation Advantages appeared first on Asure Software.

How to Make the Most of Your Morning and Evening Commutes

Thrive Global

Commuting can be annoying and tedious — yet many of us do it twice a day. Research has found that commuting can lower mood, heighten stress levels, and have a “spillover” effect. In other words, our commutes can impact how we perform and feel at work, at home, and in other facets of our lives.

How To Deal With Astonishing Growth in Global Talent Acquisition

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In 2018, virtually 75% of employers struggled to fill positions with the proper candidates.Unfortunately, this talent shortage is simply worsening.

13 Benefits-Themed Halloween Costume Ideas


If you’re still not sure what to wear to your office Halloween party tonight, we thought we’d share a few benefits-themed costume ideas. You’re welcome. #1. The Affordable Scare Act Wear a werewolf mask. Cover yourself in 1,990 pieces of paper. Hand out Band-Aids and Vitamin C. #2.


Recognition and Rewards Buyers Guide

Recognition and rewards are an integral part of your company’s employee experience. So, it’s critical to get a platform that fits your company culture on the first try. Check out this guide to understand what questions to ask before finding a new Recognition & Rewards platform.

FREE Webinar - OFCCP’s Educational Institutions Technical Assistance Guide – A Practical Interpretation

Berkshire Associates

Join us on November 6, 2019, from 2 to 3 p.m. EST to learn more about the OFCCP’s Educational Institutions Technical Assistance Guide.

Message with Meaning: Using Emails to Drive Engagement in Your Incentive Promotions


As you get ready to launch your channel incentives campaign, you’ll want to give thought to how you’ll handle ongoing communications with your partner reps.

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4 Ways To Stretch Your Product’s Life Cycle


Constantly evolving technology and changing consumer tastes mean today’s companies must be better than ever at developing new products and managing established ones. Understanding the various stages through which products typically pass is key to ensuring your product’s longevity. Product Innovatio

15 Essential Podcasts For The Busy Entrepreneur

Forbes Coaches Council

Tuning into a podcast is a great way to get a digest of business news and advice on the go


Year in Review: Talent Acquisition in 2019 & the 2020 Impact

The year 2019 in talent acquisition was full of key learnings and insights that you can leverage in order to start 2020 ahead of the recruiting pack. This report walks you through core trends to continuously examine as you plan your recruiting strategy for 2020 and beyond.