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Ask an Advisor: Watch Your Behavior, You’re on Camera!

Video conferencing became a necessary staff meeting tool for many of us due to the pandemic. With the increased use of online video software for staff meetings, I’ve received increased questions about what can and cannot be addressed with employees during virtual online meetings. 

Our members are experiencing sometimes-unpleasant views of their co-workers’ homes: children on employees’ laps, family members moving around in plain view, messy desks, breastfeeding during meetings and what about those posters on the wall?

Yes, you can address and control these employees’ behaviors during video calls. Employees seem...

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Does Remote Work Contribute to Inflation?

BlackRock CEO Larry Fink claimed in a recent interview with Fox that “we have to get our employees back in the office.” According to him, doing so would result in “rising productivity that will offset some of the inflationary pressures.”

Fink did not provide any data in the form of statistics, surveys, or studies to support his claims. He simply insisted, without evidence, that in-office work would reduce inflation. So what does the data say?

A widely-cited July 2022 study from the highly-respected National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) found strong evidence that remote work decreased inflation. Namely, because employees have a strong preference...

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Five Ways Companies Can Fight Ageism

With organizations implementing DE&I initiatives, you might think the modern work environment is becoming an equal place for all to excel and build lifelong careers. However, have we forgotten about the worker over 50? In the U.S. about 35 percent of the population is now age 50 or older. Unfortunately, ageism in the workplace occurs every day across America, and it is often not recognized and sometimes accepted as harmless. You have probably overheard the comments and jokes about older workers being less than mentally astute.

The Great Divide
AARP reports that...

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Parents Need Support from Workplaces Now More Than Ever

Working parents are struggling.

Day by day, hour by hour, they’re surfing the tides of uncertainty at home and work. A representative vignette: While zooming in to an all-hands meeting about a reorganization for their teams, a parent receives an incoming call from their child’s school about a COVID-19 exposure and yet another closure. By the time the All-Hands is over this parent is already in the car to pick up their child and calling one of seven friends or babysitters who might be able to help, while texting those at work...

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How to Handle Employee Complaints Against Leadership: 12 Tips from HR

As an HR leader, what is your best practice for handling employee complaints against a manager or leader?

To help you adopt the best approach in handling employee complaints against leadership in your organization, we asked HR professionals and business leaders this question for their best insights. From keeping the employee in the loop to developing clear complaint processes that foster trust, there are several ways HR leaders can tactfully deal...

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If You're Going To Change Your Corporate Culture, Do It Right

Executives today are focusing on company culture. They can build an effective corporate culture to improve customer satisfaction through acquiring additional knowledge from customers, developing better relationships with them, and providing a higher quality of service for them.

Company performance is determined thorough various aspects such as customer satisfaction. And executives can positively affect company performance through increased customer satisfaction. Company performance is what every executive is concerned about. Thus, there is a global need to cultivate a strong corporate culture to accomplish sustainable competitiveness in global markets. This strong...

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EEO or Affirmative Action or DE&I – Is There A Choice For Employers?

Over the last several years, organizations have started to focus on creating and implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs in order to recognize and respond to the interests and needs of the personnel that make up their workforce. However, in these efforts, organizations sometimes assume there isn’t a need for Equal Employment Opportunity or Affirmative Action efforts. This can be a critical misstep – each program contributes to an organization’s success in unique ways. EEO, Affirmative Action, and DEI are not interchangeable. They are...

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15 Key Elements Required to Activate Belonging at Work

To help you activate a genuine sense of belonging among your employees in the workplace, we asked HR and people managers this question for their best insights. From building a culture of sharing to allowing for self-expression, there are several things that are pointed out as the key elements required to effectively activate belonging in the workplace.

Here are 15 key elements these leaders employ to activate belonging at work:...

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Ask an Advisor: Gas Prices Are How Much?

Employers are struggling as much as employees when it comes to increasing gas costs and other price hikes. Employees are asking if the wages they make are enough to cover the time and cost of getting to work, while employers are wondering if there is a financial benefit to allowing employees to work from home.

As a SHRM HR Knowledge Advisor, I have received calls asking how companies can help employees through this difficult time of rising gas prices. I can remember waiting in...

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HR Lessons from Hurricane Ian

On Monday, September 26, 2022 at 4:06PM, my colleagues and I received an update from Raymond James CEO Paul Reilly announcing the closure of our headquarters in St Petersburg, FL.  You see, the Tampa/St. Pete area was in the consensus track for a direct hit by Hurricane Ian. I live in “Zone A”, the first of several zones to be included in the mandatory evacuation issued by Pinellas County.  My neighbors and I left our homes in search of higher ground and safer space.  I took a...

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