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State of the Union 2022: A Preview for HR and Business Leaders

With the deepening crisis in Ukraine and daily headlines recalling the worst days of the Cold War era, the world will be watching Tuesday, March 1 as President Biden delivers his State of the Union address. Inflation, COVID-19 and continued supply chain disruptions only add to the urgency of the President’s remarks – and Congressional action.

Though these topics will loom large on Tuesday, we know issues impacting the workplace are woven throughout and therefore addressed in every State of the Union.

As the voice of all things work, workers...

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Senior Executive Lookahead: Employers Will Continue Navigating COVID-19 with Competing Government Mandates

This is the fourth installment of our Senior Executive Lookahead blog series.

We are counting down the top five issues that should be on the radar of every human resource and business leader in 2022. Today we explore Issue Four: Employers will continue navigating COVID-19 with competing government mandates.

For more than two years, governments at every level have been grappling with how to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. Most notably, the Biden administration issued four workplace vaccination and testing policies. All four were met with lawsuits, deepening concern and confusion...

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Help Employees Take Responsibility for Their Own Work/Life Balance

Ultimately, employees should have the power to make their own choices about work/life balance.

There’s no doubt that work/life balance is important to employees. This has become increasingly apparent to employers—and employees—during the pandemic, as many employees working from home have gotten a taste of the freedom and flexibility that such an opportunity provides: Less time and cost required for daily commutes. The ability to take breaks during the day to attend personal responsibilities. The need to be on hand while children are learning remotely. For more introverted employees, a quiet environment...

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Why HR Analytics Matter in 2022

Can HR analytics really help businesses stay competitive? The simple answer is yes. Not only is the collection of HR data becoming a smart means for making strategic business decisions, but HR analytics is becoming a necessity for companies who are wanting to stay profitable in an ever-changing work environment.

The Challenges Facing HR in 2022

Since 2020 and the pandemic changed the nature of work for millions of workers, human resources professionals and business owners alike are working in near burnout to keep up with the growing challenges of the current...

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Don't Be an Entertainer!

How are you doing as a human right now? If I were to pose that question to a group of people, I’m sure I would get a myriad of responses. Some would be genuine, and some would be polite. Some would be in-depth and raw, while others would be concise and guarded. Regardless of what the answers might be, it’s a question I think we should be asking on a more regular basis.

You see, I’m concerned. I’m concerned about my peers in HR who are plastering smiles on their faces every...

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Senior Executive Lookahead: Counting Down the Top Five Issues for 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic presented historic challenges for employers—from remote work to vaccine and mask mandates to increased pressures on workers coping with upheaval in their homes and communities. Organizations across the economy were forced to adapt and reinvent themselves amid uncertainty.

With the arrival of new COVID-19 variants, continued supply chain disruptions and the ongoing Great Resignation, change will remain a constant in 2022.

At SHRM, we’re paying particular attention to five issues that should be on every human resource and business leader’s radar in the months ahead. This is the first...

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‘Silent’ Benefits: Not So Silent Anymore!

As a SHRM HR Knowledge Advisor, I’ve received many calls asking about how to find, attract and retain talent during this hot job market. Employers have been very creative in attracting talent—offering sign-on bonuses, remote and hybrid work arrangements, increased paid leave, and education reimbursement, to name just a few benefits. Some have considered gift cards for meals, movies, or shopping—anything to differentiate companies and attract candidates. However, one possible benefit rarely mentioned is one that could be a great differentiator: short-term disability. Often overlooked, this benefit has helped many employees get...

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10 Failproof Employee Engagement Ideas

No matter your specific business, if your employees aren’t engaged, your customers won’t be either and that is going to negatively impact productivity and your bottom line. Employees who are happy and excited about the work they’re doing have an infectious energy that makes people unable to resist doing business with you. Emotions are more contagious than Covid! You can employ these employee engagement ideas to improve workplace satisfaction and increase all sorts of business metrics.

1. Get involved with employees’ projects and goals

Don’t ignore your employees after assigning projects. Instead, take a...

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Virtual Water Coolers For a Thriving Team Culture in Hybrid and Remote Teams

Organizations will need to pivot their team culture if they wish to survive and thrive in the world of virtual collaboration after the pandemic. The most important changes will stem from the wide-scale and permanent shift to hybrid and fully-remote modes of working.

Why Did Corporate Culture Suffer During the Pandemic?

Culture refers to the social and emotional glue that bonds employees together into a community of belonging, motivates employees, and protects against burnout. It includes the norms and practices that determine how people collaborate. It also involves the values that guide...

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Unplug Already: Why Stopping Work at the End of The Workday May Make You More Productive

As we head into the New Year and a new list of resolutions, many of us will make a pact with ourselves to have a better work/life balance. That may come in the form of turning off the screen and walking away from the computer at the end of the workday. And while some may feel guilty about not always being “on,” a new Korn Ferry survey of professionals shows it could make you more productive overall.

Although more than half of survey respondents say their company should have...

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