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Working from Home When Home Isn’t Safe

 

 

In a national effort to contain the pandemic outbreak of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of their employees and communities, countless employers are shuttering their offices, factories, or stores and instructing those employees who can work from home to do so. And with one-fifth of our nation’s employees already working from home, and even more now joining the remote workforce, employers are focusing on important questions such as: “How do I maintain productivity, engagement, and organizational culture in a work from home environment?” and “How can I support employees also...

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Combatting #Covid19 Blues by Connecting Your Team with the Kiddie Conference Call

 

The last few weeks of the Covid19 pandemic have been unlike anything we have seen in the workforce during our lifetime with excellent coverage from SHRM. On top of the health risks of a global pandemic, we are adjusting to entire companies shifting from working alongside each other to working from home. As if that wasn’t challenging enough, schools have closed and working parents are now part-time educators (and tech support for the various educational software systems).

The worlds of work and home have been blended together in a way like never before. The amount of change and...

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Confessions of an Amateur Telecommuting Homeschooler - Chapter 2

 


Taking an academic break from Xbox. 
 


Chapter 2- The One-Room Schoolhouse Start-Up

A few weeks ago (feeling more like months actually at this point) I wrote that the only piece of advice I could offer during these times would be Don’t Judge Yourself. Look how we’ve taken our homes and turned them into a school and an office – all while trying to keep it as a home. As a telecommuting dad surrounded by elementary, middle and high-school students, work and life...

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Paid Leave in the Era of COVID-19

 


 

The Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is challenging us all in ways we could never imagine. More employers are reevaluating their paid leave policies to address the spread of COVID-19 and as a part of their business plan.

Until four weeks ago, the national debate focused on addressing paid family leave in the United States. Coming off what was a successful year financially for most employers, business leaders were looking at additional ways to be competitive in a tight labor market. Paid family leave was one benefit revisited time...

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HR – A Vital Player in Business Continuity Planning and Execution

I hope you’ll join Richard Lowery, Chris Mullen, and me for the SHRM webinar: Learning from Times of Uncertainty: HR's Critical Role in Business Continuity on Tuesday, April 7, at noon ET. We look forward to having a candid conversation about HR’s vital role in business continuity with the HR community!



 

I marvel at just how many areas of business we as HR professionals influence. I am awed by the sheer number of challenges we take on in our profession, and how every company is unique in the ways they apply...

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COVID-19 Fundamentally Alters U.S. Healthcare

 


 

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is reshaping every aspect of our nation as we know it. One of the most fundamental issues facing Americans in this crisis is the capacity of the health care system.  

The U.S. healthcare system is not perfect, and the coronavirus has exposed additional flaws in the system. For more than a decade, policymakers have floated various ideas for health care reform from Medicare for All, to a public option, to a public-private hybrid plan. The coronavirus crisis provides another opportunity to examine health care reforms...

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10 Innovative Talent Acquisition Strategies For Small Businesses


 

Small businesses often have to compete against bigger companies who can offer candidates better benefits and higher compensation. This means that small businesses have to innovate in order to compete. Whether it’s company culture, diversity, or purpose, it’s imperative to find something that sets you apart from the corporations. 

Ten small business HR professionals share innovative talent acquisition strategies they’ve employed to attract great people.


Additional Stock in the Company for Referrals

We're pretty basic with our talent acquisition, LinkedIn and job boards. We...

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In Crisis, an Opportunity to “Be Extra”

 

In the weeks since COVID-19 proceeded to turn our workplaces inside out, I have received dozens of calls from my fellow CEOs looking for insights and advice. Many are asking SHRM about best practices for protecting their workers and transitioning to a virtual operation.

Others are looking for help making hard decisions about furloughs, layoffs, and sustainability of the enterprise itself.

All are concerned about the future, with good reason. New survey data from SHRM show that a large number of workers and businesses—especially smaller businesses—simply can’t...

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Out of Sight But Top of Mind: Tips for Remote Work

 


 

With the global COVID-19 outbreak, many companies have adopted a remote work policy to keep employees safe and prevent further spread of the virus.

Even before this period, remote work was already becoming the new normal: Surveys estimate that between 40 percent to 70 percent of workers in the U.S. telecommute at least once a week, and nearly half of US job seekers say the ability to work remotely is a significant factor in choosing a job.

Working remotely has well-being benefits for workers -...

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