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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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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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