Why HR professionals are Ideally Positioned to Build Trust

Building trust in your organization greatly benefits the employees, the culture, and the organization’s performance, which are all tightly related.

Unfortunately, building trust is not an easy task for two reasons. First, because trust is relative. While some behaviors (such as telling the truth) are universal, others are not. In fact, the same behavior that would cause one person to trust you could cause another person to distrust you. Second, knowing what behavior you want to change is not enough. Old behaviors are very hard to change. You must form new habits....


Managers Can Make or Break Your DEI Strategy: Here's How to Engage Them in Success

How can we work with managers to ensure they are part of creating a healthy and inclusive work environment that promotes diversity? Let’s look at why managers, above all others, are in a pivotal role to make DEI work—and explore the pre-emptive actions you can take to position managers as an asset rather than a detractor.

According to the 2022 Global Culture Research Report from SHRM, “Nearly 9 in 10 workers (87 percent) indicated that their manager contributes to setting their work team environment.” But there are troubling signs. “More than...


Are Productivity Paranoia and Lack of Trust the Real Obstacles to Hybrid and Remote Work?

Do bosses trust employees to be productive when working remotely? Not according to a new survey by Citrix of 900 business leaders and 1,800 knowledge workers - those who can do their job remotely.

Half of all business leaders believe that when employees are working “out of sight,” they don’t work as hard. Yet this belief contradicts the facts.

Similarly, Microsoft released a new study, where it found that 49% of managers of hybrid workers “struggle to trust their employees to do their best work.” This lack of trust in worker productivity...


Ask An Advisor: Do We Have to Buy a Chair for a Remote Worker We Just Hired?

With the rise of employees working remotely, we have experienced more calls lately on whether an employer is required to purchase an office chair or other office equipment for a new hire who works remotely.

Onboarding a new hire has the potential to set the stage for a positive, productive relationship, while a negative experience can affect an employee’s engagement; productivity; and ultimately, their decision to stay with an organization. As more people are working remotely, this may be a good time to pause and consider what office equipment and supplies should...


13 HR Leaders Give Insight into Allowing Digital Nomad Employees


As an HR/business leader, provide one piece of insight into allowing digital nomad employees?

To help you best determine the place of digital nomad employees in your organization, we asked HR managers and business leaders this question for their best insights. There are several insights presented to help you embrace and best manage your remote workforce, especially the digital nomad employees.

Here are the insights that these 13 HR leaders provided about allowing digital nomad employees:

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Keep It Weird!

My wife and I traveled to Austin, Texas, this past summer, where I was fortunate to be part of the Austin SHRM Annual Conference. We extended our trip so we could spend some time exploring the city.

Austin has a very cool vibe, and it felt like my kind of town. There was art and music everywhere. Murals adorned countless buildings, with styles ranging from traditional to modern to abstract. The music flowed freely through the air, and it changed with every step you took. You...


Divided Government and Workplace Policy in 2023

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With Democrats maintaining control of the Senate and Republicans taking charge of the House of Representatives following Election Day 2022, there are implications for workplace policy. Split control of the federal government means we should not expect significant legislative progress in the 118th Congress. Instead, workplace issues will be addressed by federal regulatory actions, court decisions and state legislation.

Before I turn to those areas, I should note there is still time for the current Congress to act on...


Let’s Get It Straight: Busting Common Myths about Modern Apprenticeships

The majority of companies (87%) are already aware that they currently have a skills gap or will have one within a few years, according to McKinsey & Company. Modern apprenticeship programs will provide a key role in creating a skilled workforce for current and future business needs. The programs are able to adapt quickly to meet changing skills needs, and provide earn-and-learn opportunities for many to get into fields that were closed to them. Apprenticeships have risen 64%...


Workforce Engagement 2023

As buzz phrases like Quiet Quitting & Quiet Firing float in the ether while concerns around Return to Office loom, the need to dispel opinion has given way to a direct need for solutions (not speculation).

What solutions will actually work in my organization? Again, the Human Resource landscape is clouded with an eye on trends and a whole lot of technology, but connection to relevance remains unsolved.

It may be time to turn the microscope away from the world writ large and refocus internally. Maybe your organization is seeing stability as management has...


Driving Inclusion and Dignity at Work: Reflections on SHRM Inclusion 2022

The research is clear: a persistent gap sits between what employees report they are experiencing and what employers believe their workplace and culture are delivering. In fact, while over 80% of employers believe that employees are treated with dignity and respect at their organization regardless of their job, role or level, only 65 percent of employees agree. And when it comes to feeling safe to speak up, the gaps are even worse. In short, and as noted in a 2022 Deloitte report, while a vast majority of leaders think they're caring and...