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Can We Ask Applicants if They Are Vaccinated Against COVID-19? | SHRM Ask an Advisor

As an HR Knowledge Advisor, I speak with many members who are preparing to hire for the upcoming holiday season. A popular question I am asked is whether an employer can ask applicants if they have been vaccinated against COVID-19. The answer is yes. However, hiring managers and HR professionals should instruct applicants not to offer any information about why they may not have received the vaccine.

Employers may also require COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment. Employers that require vaccinations for their employees should be explicit about...

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Why Multilingual Human Resources is Crucial

Globalization is a catalyst driving many things to change. From the way that business is conducted to workforce management, it is altering our world.

Business leaders are fast becoming aware of the advantages of having a global workforce. To manage that global workforce, it’s helpful to have multilingual human resources and to have the support of a proven translation company. I have seen the benefits of having multilingual human resources firsthand and I would like to share my insights.

A Diverse Workforce

Before we go through the reasons why you should hire...

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The Remote Work Gap: How to Add Flexibility in a Non-Flexible Industry or Job

This is one of the hottest conversations in the workplace, today, and no, I’m not talking about the most challenging hiring environment we’ve ever seen before. I’m talking about remote work.

If you work for a software company, chances are you’re one of many people who is working a remote or hybrid schedule these days. But if you’re in some other industries, you’re likely feeling some different emotions because you may not have the option of working virtually. While it’s easy to get caught up in the discussion of the companies in the...

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Delta Surge Reveals the Folly of Normal Office Return

With vaccine effectiveness against the Delta variant dropping to 39%, it is absurd to pursue a normal office return. Make no mistake about the danger: the Delta surge is forecast to grow much worse in the next few months. Indeed, the CDC is considering asking vaccinated people to wear masks and moving toward recommending booster shots.

Yet many large companies and mid-size firms, along with the federal government, are forcing employees who successfully worked from home during the height of the pandemic to return to the office. Over a third have already returned and most of the rest are slated...

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#SHRM21 Takeaways from Amanda Brunson

I returned back to Orlando from Las Vegas almost three weeks ago, after attending the 2021 SHRM Annual Conference and Expo. Even though it was almost a month ago, it feels like just yesterday. It’s funny, normally I am more than ready to come back from Las Vegas after I’ve been there for a few days; it’s just not my favorite place to be. However, this time around, I had an amazing time. Maybe it was because I got to see friends that I hadn’t seen in two years (or that I had never met IRL before) or maybe...

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Navigating the Great Resignation

We've all been bombarded by the forthcoming Great Resignation since the COVID-19 shutdown. The sentiment is that companies need to adapt to the requirements of the evolving workforce to keep the lights on (in the office to which no one is going). A recent Harris poll determined that 66% of Americans are interested in switching jobs. Along with this rhetoric comes the call for organizations to allow flexible work, adapt a new tech stack, and change management styles. There's only one problem..... no one is quitting their corporate job....

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Harassment Prevention Training: The Hidden Costs of Inaction

Although companies have long used training to meet harassment prevention compliance requirements, now more than ever, it is critical for organizations to enact purposeful agendas around workplace harassment. When implemented thoughtfully and in a way that is nuanced and relatable, training can be a vital and cost-effective tool for improving workplace culture while mitigating significant risk.

Cost versus risk

That’s because there is more to the training cost story. The true cost of harassment prevention training can be deceptive: it’s easy to focus on the price, when in fact it is a...

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Enough is Enough! Dealing with Feuding Employees | SHRM Ask An Advisor

Many of the questions that come into SHRM’s HR Knowledge Center are about things like the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, or compensation, but occasionally we’ll get questions about how to deal with employees who don’t get along. I personally don’t like these situations, but, as a former HR professional, I know practitioners are bound to encounter them from time to time.

I can remember two such situations in my career—one where I succeeded and one where I failed in my attempts to resolve conflict.

My successful...

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Survivor: Come On in

Last week was the first episode of Survivor, Season 41. I have not missed an episode in 40 seasons, except one episode in Season 7 in the Pearl Islands. I suppose that makes me a fan. 

Of course, it’s “only” reality TV (or so I am told). But its reality sometimes mirrors workplace realities.

Last week was no exception. If you unfortunately missed last week, let me catch you up before you tune in tonight.

This season,  the rules of the game have changed in so many ways. But that’s not the focus of this blog.

Let’s talk about how the...

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Q.U.I.T the Talent Exodus

This week I received a question about strategies to attract retail candidates and retain them due to the labor shortage. While retail turnover is a challenge, front-line employees dealing with the public have been dealt a difficult hand during COVID-19.   

Let’s face it, the retail industry has a history of high turnover. Add the complexities employees are facing with the continued COVID-19 pandemic and the recruiting and retention problems are expanded. Employees face a new environment with childcare issues, virtual schooling, family members, or an employee themselves at...

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