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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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What HR Will Look LIke After COVID-19

on Oct 7, 2020 10:09:00 AM By | Danielle Cronquist | 0 Comments | Company Culture Management Remote Coronavirus
Over the past several months, many organizations have transitioned to fully remote work, weddings and graduations have been canceled, and destination vacations have been put on indefinite hold. Across the USA, COVID-19 numbers continue to vary wildly, with some states seeing dropoffs in their cases while others experiencing resurgences as they make attempts to reopen. Everyone is desperate for normalcy to return, but what that will look like after the pandemic isn't completely clear yet. Even though this isn't the world's (or even the nation's) first pandemic, it's hard to know exactly how - and when - it will end. Business operations will certainly be different in the post-COVID-19 world. HR departments in particular should start looking now at predictions for what "normal" life will be like in the future so they be prepared when employees return to their offices and business can operate as usual.   More Remote Work At the beginning of the pandemic, many offices transitioned as quickly as possible to being fully remote. (Even now, as states are opening back up, many businesses continue to encourage working from home where feasible.) Many of these newly remote employees have found that they enjoy working from home and are more productive there. In-office work isn't going to disappear, but now that employers have seen that workers can be just as productive from home as in the office and some employees have found they prefer working in the solitude of their homes, more companies will offer remote work options after the pandemic. In addition, because many companies have taken financial hits during COVID-19 and will be interested to reduce costs by cutting back on the amount of expensive office space they need.   Increased Wellness Programs COVID-19 has taken a heavy mental, physical, and financial toll on many people. When the lockdowns and quarantines finally end, employees may need help getting back on track and destressing. By providing employees with resources and support in key wellness areas such as finances and mental health, companies can help those workers (and their organizations) adjust to the new normal.   Adjusted Sick Leave With a new emphasis on staying healthy and everyone feeling a bit germaphobic, many companies may choose to adjust their sick-leave policies. This could mean allowing for more sick days so employees don't feel the need to come to work if they're unsure about their health. Or it might mean encouraging employees to perform symptom checks every morning and to work from home if they show any signs of illness, even if they are feeling well enough to work.   Mask Wearing Whether or not working from home is possible, it seems likely that most employers will require or strongly encourage employees to wear face masks until COVID-19 is completely eradicated. If companies choose to have their employees follow this practice, they may wish to provide them with reusable or disposable masks.   Greater Emphasis on Company Culture Well before COVID-19, HR departments have championed company culture. But the pandemic has helped workers and executives recognize the importance of having a strong company culture in place to raise employee engagement and company performance. Culture is easier to build and maintain in an office, where coworkers can model it for each other. But when the workforce is dispersed, a company's culture is more likely to fracture - or even cease to exist completely. HR will need to work hard to counter that effect.   Altered Hiring and Budget Plans COVID-19 has had a strong negative impact on the economy, with many businesses experiencing layoffs and expense cuts. Moving forward, HR departments must work with hiring and budget plans that look extremely different from the ones they had at the start of the year. With fewer funds available for hiring and recruitment, many HR departments will choose to look internally for candidates. It's more cost effective to train a current employee to step into a bigger role than it is to seek out a new hire from outside. Not only will hiring internally save on costs, but offering promotions can help boost employee engagement and morale. Because the pandemic has affected every business in different ways, it's impossible to say exactly what the post-COVID-19 world will look like for any one organization. It is safe, however, to say that things will change. To help smooth the transition, companies should start planning now for their return to the office and eventual return to normal business.
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Induction, Orientation, and Onboarding: What’s the Difference?

on Mar 18, 2020 9:45:00 AM By | Stijn de Groef | 0 Comments | Company Culture Onboarding Policies Welcome
The period that starts when a new hire signs a contract and ends after the first few months on the job can set the tone for his or her success (or failure) within an organization. But though many companies have great new-recruit processes, too often they conflate induction and orientation with onboarding. By engaging mostly in activities that fall into the first two categories while assuming (incorrectly) that they’ve therefore covered the third, those organizations are missing opportunities to engage and delight their ambassadors of tomorrow.
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How Employee Wellness Programs Boost Productivity

on Dec 18, 2019 10:15:00 AM By | Pamela DeLoatch | 0 Comments | Company Culture Employee Engagement Wellness
Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. It is more than being free from illness; it is a dynamic process of change and growth.
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Engagement Is Really Just Connection

on Jul 3, 2019 10:26:00 AM By | O.C. Tanner | 0 Comments | Company Culture Employee Engagement
The modern workplace is disconnected. Although the Internet and social media give us a sense of connectivity, we’re more disconnected than ever before. Employees send emails (or texts) to people that sit a couple of desks away instead of just walking over to chat. Leaders have no idea what people are working on, much less what their individual goals and dreams are. Employees would rather work remotely because they don’t enjoy the office atmosphere. And we’re seeing lower morale and well-being in the workplace worldwide than ever before.
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How a Cultural Audit Can Elevate the Onboarding Process

on May 1, 2019 10:35:00 AM By | Lilith Christiansen | 0 Comments | Company Culture Onboarding Audit
Only 44 percent of employees believe their employer does a good job bringing new talent into the organization. Strategic onboarding seeks to solve that issue by moving beyond automating paperwork. Instead, it delivers a personalized journey that transforms new hires into fully functioning, integrated members of the team. Today’s onboarding approaches should provide clear expectations in terms of behavior and interaction with management, customers, and other employees.
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5 Steps to a Better Online Reputation

on Apr 10, 2019 10:44:00 AM By | Sarah Perlman | 0 Comments | Company Culture Digital Era Reputation
In the past, business reputations were dependent on word-of-mouth or ad campaigns expertly crafted by marketing firms. In the age of social media, it is critical that organizations build and manage their online reputations. Companies should manage their online reputations not only to increase profitability and establish themselves in the market, but also to attract and retain quality employees.
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The Components to Defining Your Company Culture

on Jul 9, 2018 12:05:04 PM By | Michael Haberman | 0 Comments | Company Culture Improvement Organization
 
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Report: Employees Crave a Sense of Belonging at Work

on Jan 31, 2018 2:37:21 PM By | Emily Payne | 0 Comments | Workforce Company Culture Workplace Employee team
As organizations become places of shared community, workers are craving a sense of belonging and celebration of life events at work. They want to bring their whole, authentic selves to the workplace.
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Can an Employer Require Employees to Receive a Flu Shot?

on Jan 8, 2018 12:30:21 PM By | John Buckley | 0 Comments | Workforce Company Culture Employees
With cold and flu season in full swing, we frequently receive phone calls from employers asking if they can require their employees to receive flu shots.  Generally, employers may impose such requirements if they offer reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities or sincerely-held religious beliefs.  A recent precedential decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit–the intermediate appellate federal court that covers Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware–addressed what constitutes a “religious” belief in this context.
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