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11 Reasons Why HR Professionals are Important... Now More Than Ever

 

How is the HR profession needed now more than ever to improve the economy, revamp DE&I practices, shift workplace culture and prepare the future of work?

To help you find your place within the HR profession, we asked HR professionals and business leaders this question for their thoughts. From changing up the recruiting game to adjusting to a new reality, there are several reasons why the HR profession is so important.

Here are eleven reasons why HR professionals are so important:

  • Recruiting
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Now More Than Ever, SHRM Will Help You Shape the Future of Work

 

As the world gets back to work, we know it won’t be business as usual. HR leaders are the ones who will put workplaces back together—with better-than-ever-before practices and policies that will help employers and employees thrive.

This is a key opportunity for our profession—and the purpose of our new Now More Than Ever resource platform launching today. As an HR practitioner, you’ve spent the past year demonstrating how vital your role is to the business. You worked around the clock, took unprecedented measures to keep your...

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Now More Than Ever - The future of diversity and inclusion leadership: the new HR and the WHY for sustainable progress

 

 


 

Complaining about HR’s work in diversity is rather “on-trend.” Some social media posts and articles call HR too compliance-oriented, too legalistic. Others call it too soft. One commenter complained that HR shot down their brilliant plan “to fire old people and hire young people.” In this case - kudos, HR.

HR is not perfect, but there is a saying: the only people not making mistakes are those doing nothing. HR can’t be accused of idleness. But there are ways to do better, and now more...

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Now More Than Ever - HR's Unique Opportunity

Now more than ever….

The world of work has changed. One could argue that farming in 10,000 BCE in ancient Mesopotamia – the cradle of civilization - or the domestication of animals, the Renaissance, the printing press, the Industrial Revolution, the assembly line, the internet, and mobile devices all changed how humanity operates.

Every one of those milestones expanded the workforce. Today, however, things are different. Hopefully, this is a temporary setback, but the “have’s” and the “have nots” no longer just applies to wealth – it’s those that have work vs. those that don’t. The pandemic has changed...

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To Return or Not to Return?

 

 

Now that COVID-19 concerns are starting to fade and more people are getting vaccinated, many employers are anxious to get back to some sense of normalcy. But they are struggling to get workers to return to the office with a chorus of employees saying, “Why do I have to?”, “I mean really, why should I?” and “If we can get the same job done remotely, why can’t we just continue to work from home all...

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Empathy for You Cancels out Empathy for Me. So, What Gives?

 

 

The other week, I posted information on #stopasianhate to my personal Instagram, hoping to educate and elicit empathy among my peers. I was taken aback when a former classmate asked me to stop these posts because they made social media less “fun.” Instead of empathizing with my sorrow, he was asking that I empathize with his annoyance. What gives?

Why we choose not to empathize

Empathy is such an incredible cure, yet studies show that we have a robust preference to simply avoid it. Why? Sure, empathy takes some cognitive resources,...

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The Great Engagement Tug of War

 

 

It's been a while since there has been a topic that has lacked decision in a way the post-pandemic workplace continues to. Will we return to the office? How often? Will there be parameters for hybrid models? Each region, industry, and individual organization seems to have their caveats that are ping-ponging policy.

As we discussed last month, the interpretation between policy and organizational strategy creates a huge opportunity for partnership between HR and Business Unit Leaders. Additionally, we'll see a continual reliance on technology as the backbone to guide culture and engagement. We all want to see our co-workers again....

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The Big Picture: Trust Is the New Employee Experience

 

Over the past few years, the employee engagement market has slowly but steadily shifted towards the Employee Experience.

Companies now understand the importance of winning the talent war as their best competitive advantage.

They must also tackle the unfortunate national constant of declining productivity. The best experience for employees keeps them engaged, productive, and dedicated to their customers’ satisfaction. But one size doesn’t fit all. Each company must design its own employee experience in alignment with its strategy and brand.

The Employee Experience market ($15 Billion markets in early 2021) mirrors...

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8 Simple and Cost-Effective Ways To Recognize and Reward Employees

 

What are some simple and cost-effective ways to recognize and reward employees?

To help your company find new ways to recognize and reward your employees, we asked HR experts and business leaders this question for their best advice. From crafting social media shoutouts to celebrating work anniversaries, there are several simple and cost-effective ways to recognize and reward your employees.

Here are eight simple and cost-effective ways to recognize and reward employees:

  • Craft a Social Media Shoutout
  • Offer Time to Recharge
  • Create an Ongoing “Pass the Trophy”
  • Look After Their Holistic
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Confidently Writing About Yourself

 

 

I recently helped a friend prepare for a promotion conversation, and another friend update his “About” section on LinkedIn. Both said to me, “Ugh… I hate writing about myself. It’s so hard!” I totally understand this sentiment.

I used to feel that way myself a few years ago. It took a lot of practice through speaking engagements, podcasts, and updating my own resume and LinkedIn profile that I got comfortable using my voice to confidently describe what I do and the value I bring. (Check out my blog post on what...

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