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Understanding the Difference Between Orientation and Onboarding

Does your organization have a thorough understanding of orientation and onboarding? Not just the HR Department but all other partnering departments. Both onboarding and orientation are essential but knowing the difference between both activities is fundamental. Some managers tend to use onboarding and orientation interchangeably, which should never be the case. They are different activities; however, orientation is a small component of the onboarding process. "Thank you, HR, for onboarding the new employees last week!" Yikes! Onboarding takes more than a week. That manager meant to thank HR for orientating the new...

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A Note of Thanks to the HR Profession

You’re busy, I know. But I hope you’ll take a second to read this. It’s addressed to you (yes, you).

In case no one has said it to you recently, let me do so: thank you, HR.

You don’t hear it enough (or maybe at all). I know—I’ve been there.

Yet, you trod along every day at work, putting out fires, and preventing them from starting in the first place.

You show up. For yourself, for your business, for employees. Maybe for unique reasons known only to you.

That’s a big deal.

As you read this, think about all the roles you have played in your workplace since March 2020, and beyond. Times have not been easy, but we...

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Ask An Advisor: Can Employees Accrue Paid Leave During FMLA Leave?

This week I received an interesting question regarding the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Does an employee continue to accrue paid leave while out on FMLA leave?

The answer is: It depends! If an employer’s policy allows for continued leave accrual while an employee is out on an unpaid status, like FMLA, then the answer is yes. However, if an employer’s policy does not allow for continued leave accrual, then the answer is generally no.

According to the...

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We Need Authentic Leadership to Rehabilitate from the Trauma of the Pandemic

This article inspires a new wave of thinking in the fields of leadership and organizational studies. It helps you to achieve your plans and goals as you recover from the pandemic. The most important aspect of the post-pandemic recovery is YOU as a leader. And we recommend trying to be an authentic leader to make the right decisions for your followers. This is what you and executives need to do in the post-pandemic era.        

 The pandemic has set people back and there is a need to be healthy...

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In a Competitive Labor Market, Small Things are Big Things

At a time when employees begin returning "back to the office" in a post-pandemic economy, human resource officers and corporate leaders seek ways to make their corporate culture most accommodating. 

One thing employers can help facilitate is the financial life of their employees outside of their nine-to-five grind. They can assist in attaining employment and income verification swiftly, without the pain of long waits and red tape.

Take the case of an employee buying a...

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Ask an Advisor: Completing an I-9 for a Remote Worker? You Might Need to Get Creative

As an HR Knowledge Advisor, members regularly ask me how they should complete the Form I-9 for a new hire who will be working remotely from another state. Since the pandemic began, and remote work has become increasingly common, this question comes up quite frequently.

As HR professionals know, when completing Section 2 of the Form I-9, employers must view employees’ original supporting documents—not photocopies, not e-mailed pictures, not images over Zoom or Skype. So how can an employer comply with this requirement...

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Storytelling: Amplify Learning for Effective Employee Training

You may know that stories are a great way to convey complex messages. But did you know they are also a powerful way to make employee training especially effective?

That’s because stories can break down barriers to create meaningful connections with the listener. And by artfully weaving in related activities, the memorable aspect of storytelling can be further enhanced to reinforce a learner's ability to retain new knowledge. Here are some steps you can take to effectively include exceptional storytelling in a way that amplifies learning to create an immersive...

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11 Ways Companies Can Address Workforce Shortages

With immigration to the U.S. being at its lowest levels in decades, what is one thing companies can do to fill critical or high-skilled job openings?

To help you best recruit skilled talents to mitigate the growing workforce shortage, we asked business leaders and HR managers this question for their best insights. From searching specialized social networks to shifting attention to a pipeline-driven approach, there are several directions companies may take to...

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Ask An Advisor: Pointers on Having Difficult Conversations

As an HR Knowledge Advisor, I often receive questions on how to go about having a difficult conversation with an employee. The reason why this topic is so popular is because many HR professionals feel uncomfortable when faced with having to speak to employees about matters ranging from performance issues to internal investigations.

I would like to share some methods that have helped me in planning for and conducting these types of conversations.

First, just breathe. This conversation is not comfortable for you or the employee. But you will be setting the...

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What if You Started by Redesigning the Onboarding Process?

While onboarding can be the most efficient tool to foster a great connection through shared stories and experiences, poor onboarding - quite common during the pandemic - has caused people to leave quickly.

Turnover can be at its peak during the first months in a company and especially in the first 90 days. Almost 40% of turnover occurs during an employee's first year.

In my experience as an HR leader, I had to revamp onboarding processes in large companies. And I can tell you that your attention to your new hires needs...

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