Tue.Mar 24, 2020

Setting Boundaries! Making Work from Home Work for Everyone!

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Balance is key. Technology has allowed employees to work from home effectively, and most expect the freedom to do so as needed. The ability to work from home offers an advantage of work-life balance that many employees desire. At the same time, it can feel like the workday never ends. Employees have the ability to handle work related projects from anywhere in the world at any time, but it also creates pressure for the employee to be available at any moment. Keep it real!

5 Ways to Engage Remote Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic


Yeah, I know. Using Tom Hanks and the film Cast Away as a metaphor for the mass migration over to working remotely is a bit twisted considering he and his wife, Rita Wilson, are among those who contracted the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. The latest word is they are doing well and apparently eating too much Vegemite on their toast, so I’m not going to feel too bad about it. The truth is, the shift to working remotely is much more disruptive than some employers think.

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5 ways the COVID-19 crisis will transform HR’s role

HR Morning

Human Resources is at the front lines of employers’ response to the COVID-19 crisis. The crisis is forcing almost every business to immediately develop, adapt or improve remote work policies and procedures. As HR pros struggle to keep employees safe and informed, it helps to think about what changes will be more permanent and how you’ll guide employees and organizational leadership through those changes. Here are 5 effects that you’ll likely be dealing with long after things return to “normal.”.

Improve the Employee Experience by Providing Answers

HR Bartender

(Editor’s Note: Today’s post is brought to you by our friends at Paycom , a leading provider of cloud-based human capital management software. For the seventh consecutive year, Paycom was named a top workplace in Oklahoma. Congrats to them! Enjoy the article.). Last month, I wrote an article titled “ 5 Ways Strategic HR Can Bring Business Value ”. Number four on the list was for HR to support customer-friendly policies.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Reflektive Tips: Onboarding New Employees During the Coronavirus


Reflektive became a 100% remote workforce overnight. In addition to creating my own work-from-home setup, I’m onboarding our new head of corporate marketing along with two other members of our team in the coming weeks. At Reflektive, our people and environment are uniquely friendly and inclusive. We strive to impart our collegial culture from Day 1.

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Podcast: Keeping Optimism in the Workplace


In this episode, we sit down with DecisionWise Senior Consultant, Spencer Taylor to discuss how to keep optimism in the workplace.

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THE HR FAMOUS PODCAST: E7 – COVID-19 + Work From Home (WFH) Advice from Dawn Burke.

The HR Capitalist

In Episode 7 of The HR Famous Podcast , long-time HR leaders (and friends) Tim Sackett and Kris Dunn (Jessica Lee on break) get together to with Dawn Burke (Senior Writer at Fistful of Talent, Sr. Consultant at Recruiting Toolbox) to talk about Work From Home, as tens of millions of American workers have been told to stay home, keep working and figure it out on the fly.

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The importance of business agility during the COVID-19 crisis


What do you think is the prevailing (and essential) ability these companies are showing, in order to figure out quick, effective solutions to face this crisis? The answer is business agility. What is business agility? Business agility , also known as organizational agility, is the capability of a business to be adaptive, flexible and creative through a changing environment. Agile businesses respond quickly to opportunities or threats, whether internal (e.g.

my company plans to absorb any government stimulus checks that employees receive for themselves

Ask a Manager

A reader writes: I work in an administrative role at a national restaurant chain. I just got off of a conference call with corporate in which they told us that if the U.S. government sends us the proposed stimulus checks due to Covid 19, they plan to absorb the money we receive by cutting our hours to reflect that amount. In other words, if each person receives a check for $1,200, $1,200 will effectively go back to the company. Is this legal?

Designing Equitable Performance: How to Create Fair, Inclusive Assessments

Speaker: Aubrey Blanche & Sahra Kaboli-Nejad

We are all susceptible to bias and strive to mitigate it through reading, taking classes, and participating in trainings - yet, it seems like these aren’t driving the change we need. Women tend to receive vague, personality-based feedback, where men tend to receive performance related feedback. Work completed by Black men is more likely to be rated as lower quality than White men. And Black women face these overlapping biases in even more extreme ways. So what can we do to address the inequities in the system? Look at the system itself - are we designing an equitable performance system that benefits everyone? Join Culture Amp’s Global Head of Equitable Design and Impact, Aubrey Blanche, along with Diversity, Equity, and Belonging Lead Sahra Kaboli-Nejad, to discuss how we can re-evaluate our performance management systems. We will discuss the benefits of designing a system at every level (individual, manager, and organization) to help mitigate bias and ultimately create a system that finally succeeds at what it is supposed to do - improve performance.

Your COVID-19 business continuity plan: Tips from Workable’s COO


It’s scary stuff, indeed. This is a time to turn to the experts for insight and direction on your COVID-19 business continuity plan, so we turned to Workable COO Grigoris Kouteris , who’s been through it before. In 2008, when the market crashed, Grigoris was in a company that was running large scale mobile and digital marketing programs for telecom clients. He gets straight to the point – the money. “[The The 2008 crash] obviously affected the liquidity of a lot of businesses,” he says.

You think COVID-19 discrimination claims are bad? “Hold my drink,” says the whistleblower.

The Employer Handbook

Image by Alexey Hulsov from Pixabay. In the past several days, many states have issued stay-at-home orders. Here is a list of them from CNN. These orders vary, and no one is literally locked in their homes. But, the gist is that affected citizens should stay at home unless they need to venture out to get food, obtain medicine, or work for employers that provide essential services. New Jersey is one of these states — shocking, I know — that has issued a stay-at-home order.

Webinar: COVID-19 Techniques for Remote Training Delivery

PlatCore LMS

Are you seeing a fundamental change in how you do business, overnight? More than ever before, communication and connection are essential to keeping our employees happy and healthy. Join us Wednesday, April 8th at 11 am MST as we share effective tips and tools to put your training online, including how the Now Platform can help you navigate any rough water ahead. We will cover: Tips for Moving Courses Online. How to Effectively Deliver Remote Training. COVID-19 Training Resources.

The future of corporate training in 2020

Get Hppy

Corporate training is beneficial for both the company and its employees. Not only will people learn new skills and improve existing ones but the best training also boosts morale and improves retention rates. The workplace is constantly changing and so is the way that employees are being trained. So, to ensure your training is beneficial, you need to keep up with this and adapt where necessary.

Workplace Mask Policy & Return to Work Templates

Paycor’s comprehensive checklist and customizable letters will help you re-start your business and welcome your team back to a new normal.

Ask An HR Expert: What is the emergency FMLA expansion?

Tandem HR

Hello! Thank you for joining me for another episode of Ask an HR Expert. My name is Katie Stewart , and I am with Tandem HR. Today’s questions is: What is the emergency FMLA expansion and how to do I know if my employees are eligible? Any employer that has less than 500 employees is required to provide a leave of absence under the new law called the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

8 Ways to Recognize Your Remote Employees (and Support Your Community) During the COVID-19 Pandemic


COVID-19 is changing the way we do business, from transforming our buying decisions to shifting where we work every day. Many companies are instituting mandatory work from home policies during the pandemic, and this abrupt change can be isolating and jarring for employees accustomed to coming into an office every day. Now more than ever, it’s essential to understand the nuances behind engaging these newly- virtual teams.

how the hell are we supposed to work now?

Ask a Manager

As you might imagine, coronavirus has overtaken my inbox. I’m hearing from people whose entire companies have gone fully remote overnight and people whose companies are acting as if nothing has changed and still expect everyone to show up as normal every day. I’m hearing from people whose virus-related questions are pretty light (“what’s up with my coworker who’s openly vaping at home during video calls?”) and people whose queries are much harder (“will my industry ever be hiring again?”).

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4 Steps to Learn Coding and Master A Programming Language

Career Metis

These days, even just understanding the basics of programming can get you quite far. That’s because just about everything now uses some form of digital software which, in turn, is nothing more than proprietary code behind the scenes.

Even During COVID-19, I-9s Have to Be Done Right, on Time, and in Person

Help make sure you can get your remote hires onboarded quickly, even when you don’t have a physical office location or trained HR in the area. Download this free e-book, and you’ll be on your way to simpler Form I-9 and Section 2 completion.

Employee Satisfaction is Important: Here’s How to Improve It

Take It Personel-ly

There is a direct link between employee satisfaction and business success. Simply put, happy employees are more productive. While you clearly cannot satisfy everyone, it’s important to cultivate high morale so that the majority of employees feel good about their work. This includes embracing the values, mission and vision of the company. Many employers think […].

How To Roll Out COVID-19 Response Policies


I doubt anyone rang in the new decade, thinking a pandemic was going to sweep the world over. Especially not one that would reach every continent, kill thousands, cause a global economic crisis, and force teams to go remote or even downsize. I think I speak for all of us when I say that I was not prepared for this. But no matter how unexpected this is or how unprepared I was, as Head of People Ops, I have a responsibility to keep my team safe and supported.

How to Request a Raise and Actually Get It


Feel it’s time for a raise? There are many ways to approach your boss about a pay increase. Some people are tempted to take the less-than-honest route by including little white lies or adopting other manners of manipulation. However, not only is this unethical, it can end up costing you your job. You stand a better chance of getting a pay raise when you ask correctly and with honesty. Here are some simple steps from the career experts at GetFive: Step 1: Get serious.

A Manager’s Guide to Navigating High-Stress Times

Julie Winkle Giulioni

This is an article I wrote some time ago to offer leaders guidance for dealing with others during times of high-stress. Given current events and the unprecedented anxiety facing employees today, I’d like to offer it again in the hope that it offers leaders some tangible behaviors and strategies for connecting with others during these challenging times. This content is also available in my AthenaOnline micro-learning video that’s available free until April 2. Stay safe and stay healthy.

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Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Remote Learning and More: A Brave New World for Schools

Qualtrics HR

Perhaps no part of our lives is as routinized--taken for granted, even--as school. From K-12 to Higher Education; from students to families and staff; from bus stops and bell ringings to dining halls and final exams, school provides a rhythm to daily life. A rhythm that’s being massively disrupted with ubiquitous school closures and remote instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone who touches education is indeed entering a brave new world of experiences.

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The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

HR Counselor's Corner

By Dominick Carnicella, Senior HR Consultant, East Coast Risk Management. On March 18, 2020, the Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act [link] and the President signed the bill into law. This law goes into effect April 2, 2020 and expires December 31, 2020. Below is an overview of the employment related provisions. Emergency Paid Sick Leave. Applies to employers with fewer than 500 employees. Covers all employees, regardless of length of employment.

we have a new paid (paid!) sick and family leave law

Ask a Manager

I’m switching to five posts a day this week because there’s so much to talk about. There’s still one more coming after this one… The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which became law last week, offers some American workers expanded family and medical leave — and it’s paid. That’s a key difference from the leave already provided under the Family and Medical Leave Act, which protects your job but doesn’t require you to be paid while you’re out.

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The Ups and Downs of Uncertain Times: Channeling Emotions to Encourage Productivity

Emergenetics International

Emotions are understandably running the gamut right now. In the space of days, many of us have gone from our usual routines to a world of remote working, social distancing or sheltering in place. As we adjust to a new reality and manage a great deal of uncertainty in our work and lives, it’s important […]. The post The Ups and Downs of Uncertain Times: Channeling Emotions to Encourage Productivity appeared first on Emergenetics International Blog.

COVID-19: Returning to the Workplace in a New Reality

COVID-19 has created a new set of risks that require a new way of working. Download Gallagher’s latest COVID-19 report for insights into encouraging resiliency in your people, building confidence in your organization, and preparing for the future of work.