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Ask An Advisor: Managing Remote Workers May Be More Complicated Than You Think

One of the biggest trends I’ve seen arising from the pandemic has undoubtedly been the “work from anywhere” mindset. Once both employers and employees realized that work could be performed effectively without sitting in a traditional office, things started to change. Some employers chose to close their brick-and-mortar worksites for good, while some workers decided to relocate to be closer to family or to live in a region with a lower cost of living.

As a SHRM HR Knowledge Advisor, I regularly receive questions from members regarding remote employees. Members...

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#SHRM22: Increase Retention in The Workplace: 14 Effective Strategies | #CauseTheEffect

41% of workers are actively searching for a new job or plan to in the next few months. What is one effective HR strategy you are implementing to help increase retention in your workplace? #CauseTheEffect

To help you retain employees, we asked HR leaders and business owners this question for their best tips. From investing in your managers to creating a culture of continuous learning and growth, there are several strategies that may help you increase employee retention in your workplace.

Here are 14 effective strategies to increase...

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Data Analytics to Advance HR Practices for the Social Sector

Data analytics has long been used by the private sector to provide a thorough examination of organizational performance in areas such as marketing, sales, and operations. However, the social sector has lagged behind in using data-driven approaches to support organizational goals, and this is also true when it comes to human resources. It is holding the sector back.

For more than a decade, First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise, has used data analytics to inform everything we do.  Research directs our work with educators and advances our mission: to further educational equity...

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How to Build A Cross-Functional HR Team Culture that Works

Whoever has managed a cross-functional HR team knows the challenges that often arise. As companies and their leaders transition from siloed and hierarchical structures to more project and team-focused management styles, the oft-touted panacea of cross-functional teams can sometimes prove to be tricky to implement and even trickier to implement successfully.

In fact, a Harvard Business Review study found that as many as 75% of cross-functional teams fail in several important criteria including working within the budget, meeting deadlines, satisfying the client, meeting specifications and staying true to corporate goals.

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Introducing Your #SHRM22Influencers Ready to #CauseTheEffect

Our actions big and small ripple out far beyond the moment. When we operate intentionally and use our voices to #CauseTheEffect we want to see at our organizations, we drive productivity and value for our companies, improve workplace culture, and perhaps have an impact on people we will never even meet. This June 12-15, thousands of HR professionals will travel to New Orleans, Louisiana to come together as #OneHR -- and SHRM Influencers are sure to be a big part of the experience. 

We are honored to officially announce the #SHRM22Influencers, all of...

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You Snooze, You Lose – How to Move the Search Process Along in This Competitive Hiring Market

Our client found the perfect candidate for an open Vice President position and offered her a bump from her current salary and position. She assured us that she was only interested in this role and was not interviewing with other firms. But before she took the offer, she met with a former boss/mentor to discuss the new role. They decided to meet for coffee at 8:30 am. Ironically (or not so ironically as it turned out), she met him across the street from her mentor’s office. At 9:15 am, she was sitting inside her mentor’s office interviewing with the Vice President of Talent at her mentor’s firm. At 10:00 am, she was meeting...

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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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11 Equitable Workplace Strategies To Ensure Fair Compensation #CauseTheEffect

What is one strategy or policy you are using to ensure and measure a fair and equitable workplace?

To help you discover the best workplace policies that ensure fair compensation, we asked HR leaders and CEOs this question for their best strategies. From giving structure to the hiring process to creating a diversity and inclusion training program, there are several strategies that...

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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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Human Resources is dead. People Operations is here.

 

Lately, I’ve seen companies shifting internal nomenclature, changing the title of their human resources department to people operations. A practice early adopted by progressive tech companies, people operations puts empathy (not policy) at the heart of human resources. Policy and a holistic suite of benefits are table stakes. A people operations team, for example, might value the experiences and insights provided by different employee resource groups (or ERGs) to build an inclusive workplace culture.

It encourages the executive leadership team to adopt an “employee-first” approach to reduce attrition, improve productivity and...

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