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Performing the Core Functions of HR Remotely

on Mar 3, 2021 9:30:00 AM By | Suzanne Lucas | 0 Comments | Employee Engagement HR HR Department Remote
A human resources department isn't just a team of experts who know how to manage people: it's a team of experts who know how to manage the people in their particular company. Although every successful HR team is unique, most HR folks use similar tried-and-true strategies for keeping things running smoothly. For example, many check in with employees regularly to discuss their goals and offer them development opportunities. Some gauge employee sentiment by observing behavior in the office, and some take managers out for coffee to discuss leadership or succession questions. Whatever strategies they employ, the HR activities that most successfully address problems share one common feature: interfacing with people.
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Get Ready for the Digital Workplace

on Feb 24, 2021 9:30:00 AM By | Jessica Miller-Merrell | 0 Comments | Technology Workplace Digital Era Remote
Long before the pandemic forced everyone into working from their kitchens, home offices, or bedrooms, the world was very much on its way to eliminating the need for conventional workspaces. Today's younger generations have grown up in digital environments and already feel pretty comfortable doing much of their work online. But even though those digital natives probably find the prospect of working from home less intimidating than many members of older generations, in 2020 people of all ages are facing the same challenge: familiarizing themselves with the digital workplace.
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How & Why HR Will Remain an Essential Change-Driver in 2021

on Feb 16, 2021 11:37:11 AM By | Employment Enterprises | 0 Comments | Diversity HR HR Department Remote Inclusion Vaccination Policy
HR departments became unforeseen conduits of dramatic workplace transformations and migrations in 2020. And while change-driver has rarely been the typical role of most HR organizations in years (and decades) past, it is clear we have entered a new era. As we push further into 2021, HR and talent acquisition teams are already playing starring roles in much-anticipated changes, such as coordinating re-hiring and recruiting efforts to build up downsized workforces. At the same time, they are also being asked to manage complex and novel people-centric challenges, such as vaccination policy creation and rollouts.
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Time-Block Your Way to Productivity

on Feb 10, 2021 9:30:00 AM By | Mike McKerns | 0 Comments | Productivity Time Management
Want to become one of the most productive people in the office? Take a page from Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and other entrepreneurs and creatives who are famous for their productivity: replace traditional to-do lists with time blocks.
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5 Trends in Employee Benefits for 2021 Open Enrollment

on Feb 3, 2021 9:15:00 AM By | Jodi Wellhoefer | 0 Comments | Benefits
It's that time of year again: time for companies to examine their current employee benefits and consider their options for increasing value - preferably without increasing cost. This year, such decisions are further complicated (and made more challenging) by a global pandemic.
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7 Reasons Why 2021 WILL Be the Year of the Dedicated Recruiting Solution

on Jan 25, 2021 9:15:00 AM By | Employment Enterprises | 0 Comments | Recruiting Strategic
After the year we just endured as a global community, should anyone (economist, epidemiologist, astrologer or otherwise) feel comfortable making predictions about what’s ahead? At Employment Enterprises, we have one employment prediction for 2021 that we offer up with certainty: It will be the year of the dedicated recruiting solution. Why? Because decades of job market ups and downs have taught us that rebuilding business strength and stability begins with people. Big comebacks take skilled talent.
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6 Tips for Managing Remote Employees for the Long Term

on Jan 20, 2021 9:45:00 AM By | Valerie Grubb | 0 Comments | Employee Engagement Management Remote
Managing remote employees is hardly a new concept. In fact, the shift to working from home was well underway - and trending upward - long before anyone had even heard of COVID-19. Between 2005 and 2018, the number of "regular work-from-home" employees increased by a whopping 173 percent,1 with 15 percent of "wage and salary workers" working exclusively from home during 2017 - 2018.2 When the pandemic struck, many businesses that were able to have their employees work from home did so, and by June 2020 "42 percent of the U.S. labor force . . . [was] working from home full time."3
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How to Use Workplace Culture to Motivate Employees

on Jan 13, 2021 9:00:00 AM By | O.C. Tanner | 0 Comments | Company Culture Workplace Employee Engagement
Anyone who worked an office job during the 1990s is probably very familiar with motivational posters. Each featured a photo of scenery or of someone succeeding at a challenging activity (such as rock climbing or hang gliding), and below it a black background with some pithy quote. During that decade, it was impossible to walk into a corporate workplace without spotting at least one of those posters hanging next to the watercooler or gracing the HR director's door.
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Building a New-Hire Buddy System for Remote Onboarding

on Jan 8, 2021 10:27:27 AM By | Jesse Finn | 0 Comments | Onboarding new hires Remote
When it comes to employee onboarding, the buddy system is one of the most reliable tools HR has at its disposal. Done well, it facilitates an immediate personal connection between new hires and the wider organization, and in the long term it can help drive employee engagement and improve time-to-productivity metrics. Such measures are especially critical in a work environment shaped by COVID-19, with many new hires spending their first days and weeks isolated at home.
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Workplace Diversity and Inclusion

on Dec 14, 2020 4:44:25 PM By | Sarah Perlman | 0 Comments | Diversity Neurodiversirty Inclusion
Workplace diversity has been a top priority for many years. Increased diversity within an organization has proven to yield many positive results (beyond simply being the right thing to do). Financial success, more clients, and better innovation are all benefits of a diverse workforce. Additionally, Forbes says that “If your company supports a diverse, inclusive environment, you’re more likely to have happy employees and an engaged company, which yields better customer service and a stronger brand.”
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