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Help teleworking parents remain productive

07/29/2021
The consensus seems to be that productivity did not take a big hit when employers sent workers home last spring in response to coronavirus-related lockdowns. However, one worker cohort reported struggling with working remotely: working mothers.

8 tips for having difficult conversations via videoconference

07/27/2021
Remote and hybrid work arrangements will almost certainly remain part of the management landscape in the months and years to come. That means it’s time to formalize ad hoc processes that emerged during the pandemic. Whether meeting with employees yourself or training supervisors how to interact with team members, these tips can make it easier to use Zoom for talking about matters that normally warrant face-to-face interactions.

How to keep remote workers engaged

07/22/2021
If you have any employees working remotely, it’s vital to take proactive steps to keep them engaged and connected to the organization. Here are steps that software provider Neocase implemented to help keep their remote employees engaged.

7 considerations for creating hybrid work environments

07/20/2021
After a year and a half of coronavirus compromises, forcing everybody to suddenly return full-time to the office is foolish. The next challenge leaders face in a post-covid world is creating functional, hybrid environments in which some employees work remotely, some work on site and some do both.

To retain employees, offer more time off

07/08/2021
As business emerges from coronavirus lockdowns, one surprising development is complicating a full recovery: Lots of workers are quitting their jobs. Smart employers are already looking for ways to stem the tide of departures.

Less than half asked about return to work

06/24/2021
As organizations open their doors again, more workers say their employer has not asked for their feedback about return-to-work policies and procedures than those whose companies actually have asked.

HR pros gain broad Title VII protection

06/17/2021
A recent federal appeals court decision may be good news for HR pros and bad news for employers that think they can get away with retaliation if they try to quash discrimination investigations.

Help hard-working staff recharge this summer

06/15/2021
Last summer there was nowhere to go and no one to go with. Thanks to vaccinations, things are looking up this summer. Make it easy for your employees to disconnect, whether that’s to take a much-needed real vacation or just leave work on Friday afternoon so they can enjoy the weekend with friends and family.

Survey: Employers struggling to fill jobs, retain workers

06/08/2021
80% of organizations hiring mostly industry and manual-services workers report difficulty finding qualified workers, with 25% reporting it is very difficult. That compares to 74% before the pandemic, with 4% reporting it was very difficult.

Track, date all steps in disciplinary process

06/08/2021
When employees figure out they are about to get in trouble at work, expect a flurry of complaints and requests for job-protected leave. These desperate measures are based on the belief that employers can’t fire anyone who has a pending discrimination or harassment case, or who is out on some form of medical leave. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t impose discipline for actions unrelated to an employee’s protected status.