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The Myth of Losing Social Capital in Hybrid and Remote Work

Google recently announced its new post-pandemic work policy, requiring employees work in the office for at least three days a week. A survey of over 1,000 Google employees showed that two-thirds feel unhappy with being forced to be in the office three days a week, and many intend to leave.

Yet Google’s leadership is defending its requirement of mostly in-office work as necessary to protect the company’s social capital, meaning people’s connections to and trust in each other. In fact, according to the former head of HR at Google Laszlo Brock, three...

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Time to Develop

We live in a world of “instants.” We desire instant affirmation, adoration and adulation. We are impatient during our commutes, the delivery of goods that we order or any time we are required to wait in any line of people more than one. We truncate our communication and make broad decisions based on snippets of words without seeking, or asking for, context.

We binge our entertainment and get frustrated when the next season may, or may not come out. For those who can’t even sit through an entire show, we consume TikTok...

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Rethinking Reskilling: Investing in Critical Skills vs. Critical Roles

If there’s one thing COVID taught us, it’s that there is no way to future-proof your business. There will always be curve balls, innovations and disruptors that will change the way things are done and shift the landscape of how things currently look.

Which is why it’s important to rethink the way we prioritize skills vs. roles. When an employee takes on a new role in an organization, they are typically reskilled in a way that siloes their abilities and knowledge, keeping them tied to a specific role for the duration of...

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How do we emerge successfully from the Great Resignation? We Build Resilient Teams.

The Great Resignation isn’t slowing down. In fact, evidence suggests that every departure spurs remaining employees to increasingly consider a change. How do we respond to this trend?  How do we build teams that absorb stress, recover critical functionality, and thrive in new circumstances?

Most organizations have offered more compensation as the solution: 85% gave pay increases in 2021, and 92% plan to give pay increases in 2022. It’s not working.  Over roughly the same period, resignations have remained constant at 3-4 million per month.

While many employees...

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#CauseTheEffect: Stay in Pursuit

 “Cause The Effect” is the campaign for the upcoming SHRM conference. It’s like purpose… many times we aren’t quite sure how or what to do to create impact, but when we focus on the pursuit, it will appear in many ways including inspiration.

 When I started my career helping companies relocate talent, I wasn’t sure what my “cause” was other than moving people’s stuff, or how I could effect change in my personal life or my career. I was just trying to make enough money to support my family. But...

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Mental Health, the Workplace and the Power of HR

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and here at SHRM we are partnering with the Campaign for Disability Employment at the Department of Labor (DOL) to spread the message that all of us have a role to play in promoting a mental-health-friendly workplace.

Together with SHRM, DOL launched the “Mental Health at Work: What Can I Do?” campaign during SHRM’s recent Workplace Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. SHRM is proud to be a partner in this effort because the HR community has a major role to play when it comes to supporting...

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14 Ways Social Media Has Affected Talent Acquisition

What is one way that talent acquisition has been affected by social media? 

To help you appreciate the effects of social media on talent acquisition, we asked recruiters and associates this question for their best insights. From aiding talent sourcing to removing the middleman, there are several insights that may help you leverage social media to your advantage in business. 

Here are 14 ways social media has affected talent acquisition:

  • Aids Talent Sourcing
  • Showcases Company Culture Visually
  • Helps Discover Candidates’ Connections
  • Levels Playing Field for Recruiting
  • Offers
  • ...
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#SHRM22: To Cause the Effect…We Must Lead

Appropriately, the theme for the 2022 SHRM Annual Conference & Expo is “Cause the Effect.” While this phrase may have a different meaning for everyone, for me it means “bringing about positive change to your workplace through your individual actions.” Further, I believe that it means to be proactive rather than solely reactive to the countless challenges that we as HR professionals face on an ongoing basis. Most importantly, I feel that if we want to “cause the effect,” we must lead.

Leadership is often a touchy subject, especially...

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Why Holocaust Remembrance Day Matters

 

Virtually every year, I write a blog for SHRM on Holocaust Remembrance. This year, Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) is on April 28, 2022.

During the Holocaust, more than 11 million human beings were systemically murdered. Millions more died fighting Hitler and his genocidal machine.

The Holocaust had a disproportionate effect on the European Jewish community. Six out of nine million European Jews were murdered—the percentage is beyond staggering.

But some may ask:  what does this have to do with work?  Let me suggest at least two connections.

First, the Holocaust has affected some employees directly, and it is...

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Ask an Advisor: Annual Best Practices for HR Departmental Planning

As an HR Knowledge Advisor, I often receive questions from members about what HR professionals should be doing at the beginning of the new year. This is an excellent time for HR professionals to set up their compliance reminders, reflect on the shortcomings and successes of the previous year, and establish professional goals for the new year. I have highlighted a few topics I often speak with members about when I discuss best practices with them.

Prepare for Upcoming Policy Changes

Many new laws take effect within the first few months of...

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