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Why Holocaust Remembrance Day Matters

 

Virtually every year, I write a blog for SHRM on Holocaust Remembrance. This year, Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) is on April 28, 2022.

During the Holocaust, more than 11 million human beings were systemically murdered. Millions more died fighting Hitler and his genocidal machine.

The Holocaust had a disproportionate effect on the European Jewish community. Six out of nine million European Jews were murdered—the percentage is beyond staggering.

But some may ask:  what does this have to do with work?  Let me suggest at least two connections.

First, the Holocaust has affected some employees directly, and it is...

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Ask an Advisor: Annual Best Practices for HR Departmental Planning

As an HR Knowledge Advisor, I often receive questions from members about what HR professionals should be doing at the beginning of the new year. This is an excellent time for HR professionals to set up their compliance reminders, reflect on the shortcomings and successes of the previous year, and establish professional goals for the new year. I have highlighted a few topics I often speak with members about when I discuss best practices with them.

Prepare for Upcoming Policy Changes

Many new laws take effect within the first few months of...

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How HR Analytics Can Leverage Performance Appraisal System

Many businesses throughout the world employ HR analytics. According to Bersin by Deloitte’s 2017 High-Impact People Analytics research, 69% of organizations with 10,000 employees now have a people analytics team. When HR analytics is properly implemented and integrated into a company's structure, it may deliver significant benefits, with more and more businesses seeing a higher return on their investment.

Companies use it to track staff attrition, enhance the personnel supply chain, gather data to help decision-makers, and more. When used with a company's overall strategy, it can boost productivity, performance, and...

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The Great Response: 3 Secrets to Building and Blending Talent in a Time of Mass Employee Movement

If we’re in the midst of the Great Resignation, then it is time employers come up with a Great Response. Because like real estate, Corporate America is a seller’s market right now. And what’s being sold is talent. Put simply, demand for employees is higher than ever, making this a wildly competitive job market for employers looking to stand out.

You know the numbers. Tens of millions of employees have resigned, many without having new jobs lined up. Nine of 10 executives are experiencing high turnover. And, even today, ...

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Ask An Advisor: Terminating for Performance Issues?

“Can I just fire this employee because of their performance?” Many human resource professionals are asked this question all the time, and it’s a question we receive in the HR Knowledge Center quite often, too.

Unfortunately, the answer really depends on the situation. Like most things in HR, situations are complicated, and many will fall within a “gray area.” So, what do we do with underperformers? I tend to ask myself a list of questions before going forward with termination, because termination may not be the only solution or outcome:...

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#SHRM22: Take Charge of Change: How HR Professionals Can Transition from "Reactive Change Receivers" to "Proactive Change Leaders"

Consider this scenario:  A major new change is coming to your organization!  The executive team approved the change a year ago, a project team has been designing it for several months, and now it's ready to be rolled-out to the organization.  You just got a meeting request to create a communications plan to inform the workforce of the changes.  Just like that - wham - the ball's in your court!

Sound familiar?  So often the Human Resource professionals I work with (at all levels - often including senior management ranks) lament that...

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Three Ways to Maximize Your Experience at #SHRM22

With the #SHRM22 conference fast approaching, I wanted to take a moment as one of the #SHRM22Influencers to give some tips so you feel prepared for the conference if you are attending in person this June. We are coming out of an extraordinary time as many of us have been isolated for nearly two years, not able to interact in person much with other humans. For many people in our HR space, this conference will represent the first time they are emerging from the comfort of their computer screen to interact...

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Go Overboard on Onboarding: Why It’s a Good Idea

This week I received an interesting question asking how important onboarding is for new hires.

I have worked at organizations that have done a terrific job with onboarding and other organizations where it was not so terrific. I had an employer show me to my desk without introducing me to the team or telling me anything about the history of the organization. My onboarding consisted only of filling out the standard new-hire forms. It was a bit of a letdown, and I felt like maybe I had made a bad decision...

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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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