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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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Learning in Times of Change

on Nov 13, 2020 10:00:00 AM By | The ReWork Editors | 0 Comments | Leadership Change Management
Even before the COVID-19 crisis, companies were already facing several challenges, such as the growing skills gap and the continued rise of technologies (in particular, AI and automation) in the workplace. Recognizing that encouraging and enabling skill development on an organization-wide level can foster an environment for growth, more and more companies seek to provide employees with learning opportunities to help them adapt to these shifts. Expanding employee skill sets increases organizational adaptability and prepares the business world for the next version of “normal.” But learning during times of change—such as during a pandemic—can be extremely difficult.
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HR and Operations: Lessons Learned from the Economic Downturn

on Nov 11, 2020 9:45:00 AM By | Chas Fields | 0 Comments | Employees HR Department Operations
As parts of the USA work toward reopening, human resources and operations leaders are realizing that they need plans in place for handling changes to the basic structures and practices of work. When things finally do settle down, no one will miss the days of social distancing, managing personal and work lives during a pandemic, working early mornings and late nights, and carrying insurmountable stress. But everyone can definitely learn from those challenging experiences.
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