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Overcoming the Challenges of Understanding HR Data

Human resources professionals have been slow to get on the HR data train. Have you noticed that too? Is it a lack of forward thinking? Is it the huge challenges of finding the right technology and then implementing HR analytics? Maybe you don’t have the support you need to make it happen. What reasons have you found hesitancy to venture into HR data?

In discussions around data and analytics with HR professionals, we’ve found that there are different levels of intimidation based on HR experience. We’ll focus on...

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3 Tips For Creating A Remote Workplace Culture

In a traditional workplace, it is much easier to let culture evolve organically as teams chat, collaborate and take on projects together every day. The time they spend together in person is invaluable, and building relationships with their teams gives them an increased sense of purpose and belonging.

So how do you go about creating and nurturing a winning company culture for your remote workers? 

Read on to find out. 

1. Prioritize meaningful work

Something that is important in any workplace, but especially in a remote...

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Ask an Advisor - Connecting with Virtual Staff Through Touchpoints

 

The last two years have been challenging as many businesses were forced to embrace a virtual workforce along with virtual meetings, policies and technology. However, the importance of effectively leading a virtual staff with regular and meaningful touchpoints should not be ignored. Touchpoints are regular meetings or periodic check-ins with staff—easily achieved via phone, internal communication platforms, videoconferencing or e-mail—that typically occur between a manager and a direct report.

The purpose of touchpoints is to provide and receive ongoing feedback related to company, departmental, team and individual goals, including expectations and...

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The Impact of Web3 On Workplaces

Flash back to the fail whales of 2008 for a second. Remember social media? 

I was a Gen Y’er who spent a year traveling around the country giving speeches to HR professionals about how social media was shaping the workplace. Facebook had just come out with pages where anyone could comment on a wall or a post. Twitter had hashtags. Reid Hoffman was attending HR conferences to convince HR professionals that LinkedIn was a great place to recruit. 

It was a time with more questions than answers. And...

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How to Upskill Management while Increasing Individual Accountability for an Inspiring Hybrid Culture

In 2022, the management upskill begins with building new professional networks.

What do managers need? All the studies mention a solid managerial approach will be the cornerstone of the Future of Work.

For this reason, managers must learn how to be great communicators and coaches to develop their team members through supportive and consultative behaviors before challenging them.

This is the only way to build upon the Maslow Pyramid to reach the ultimate levels: the collective sense of belonging, and the esteem and self-actualization needs. Without individual accomplishment and satisfaction, we can’t have a...

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Senior Executive Lookahead: Mental health and wellness will affect labor force participation and invite regulatory oversight

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

We have been 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 Five: Mental health and wellness will affect labor force participation and invite regulatory oversight.

Now more than ever, employers are allocating more resources to address workplace mental health and wellness, especially in hybrid and remote-work environments. As with previous periods of economic dislocation, workers may drop out of the labor force...

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13 Strategies to Eliminate Workplace Isolation

According to SHRM Research, about 28% of workers felt lonely/isolated while at work after a colleague departed. What is one strategy for employers to eliminate employee workplace isolation? 

To help HR leaders tackle office place isolation, we asked workplace coaches and HR managers this question for their best insights. From practicing intentional gratitude to reestablishing a sense of structure, here are 13 strategies that can help you eliminate employee isolation in the workspace regardless of their position and type of workspace.

Here are the 13 strategies to...

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Humanity First, Results Second

 

As the pandemic continues to trudge forward coupled with a rugged economy, the mathematical equation to meeting human needs requires changing the inputs. Organizations have assigned teams which are busy working to implement solutions around process issues, staffing and finding ways to increase efficiency within the confines of tight balance sheets. Organizations need more productivity with scarce resources, now.

As organizations wrestle with these challenges, teams appear to be working within the same frameworks as times of old. Hire more people, retain more people, use Lean Six Sigma...

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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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