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What We Can Learn From State Retirement Plan Mandates

In the year 2022, the word “mandate” elicits strong emotions on both sides of the aisle.  So why do retirement plan mandates appear to have bi-partisan support?!

Perhaps, because at its core, this initiative is less about mandating what business should or should not do, and more about offering all Americans an equal opportunity to secure a dignified retirement.

The data is pretty evident: employer sponsored retirement plans are increasingly effective at getting individuals to save for retirement. In addition, the popularity of auto enrollment and auto escalation features are...

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RX for Bad Meetings

 

In any group, in any industry, all we have to do is whisper the word, 'meeting', to elicit a groan, eye rolls and sighs. It’s no wonder. When I ask people what percentage of their time is wasted in meetings, the answer is always, always…at least 50% and often far higher.

It doesn’t take a math whiz to figure out how much that costs our organizations in lost productivity, lost engagement, and morale. People truly hate these unproductive meetings for good reasons. It’s often because most meetings are poorly planned and...

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Our Time is Now

 

Fatigue. That seems to be the word of the moment. Everywhere we are hearing stories of deteriorating mental health due to isolation and uncertainty. The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the practice of flexible leadership and workforce adjustment. Right when things seem to be returning to "normal", they revert to stagnation. All of this weighing on employees, managers, executives and (especially) Human Resource professionals. Per usual, HR is called upon to play middle (wo)man in connection with the news of the day and how it effects organizational strategy. Each day a new...

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Hybrid and Remote Team Management Through Revising Performance Evaluations

 

The pandemic forced leaders to reconcile with the need for effective hybrid and remote team management strategies, including in performance evaluations. Research has shown the benefits of moving away from large-scale quarterly or annual performance reviews. Instead, systematic, frequent, and brief reviews focused on task performance, effective feedback and coaching, and guidance in wise decision-making, will replace it in organizations that want to survive and thrive in the post-COVID world. Leaders need to benchmark to best practices on performance evaluation for hybrid and remote team management in our new normal.

Performance...

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We Belong Together

To belong or not to belong? That is the question for 2022.

As the competition for talent intensifies, how can your organization create a true sense of belonging in the post-pandemic world?

Never has “belonging” been so front and center in the fight for talent, whether that is its attraction, development or its retention.

As organizations in all four corners of the globe experience attrition rates on an unprecedented scale, there can be little doubt, our expectations of the global corporate workplace have changed since the onset of...

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Get Ahead By Getting in Front of Your Boss

Not everyone is quitting their job right now. For those staying put, the Great Resignation that is filling the news could be a great time to get ahead. But there’s one catch: your boss has to know the results of your work.

We have found that a surprising number of managers are having trouble tracking employees’ work, especially in the remote-work era. Even the most engaged manager divides their attention between other employees and responsibilities. But proving you’ve hit the mark may be critical toward reaching the goals of incentive plans, which can account...

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The Hard Work of Changing Company Culture in the Hybrid World

When leaders believe in innovation to make the change happen, it’s called transformational leadership. They work on inspirational motivation while challenging their people with trust and respect. Many organizations went through this process successfully during the pandemic.

Changing a culture to adapt to the virtual world is about giving a new meaning to the effort that transcends everyday problems.

It can be addressing a new market segment with new customers, launching a new product, or simply serving customers better as an underlying purpose.

Interestingly, the big workplace shift has underscored this quest...

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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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