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Baby Steps to Better Workplaces

 

Happy New Year to our esteemed SHRM members and to all who value the HR profession. I know you join me in wishing 2021 brings good health and business recovery—and I believe it will, thanks to HR leaders like you.

But it’s almost certain that in the coming year (like every year), businesses will lose millions of dollars in productivity and squander top talent because of toxic work environments. Discrimination, exclusion, harassment and ill-equipped People Managers will hold back essential COVID-19 business renewal efforts.

Today’s workplaces are strewn...

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WORK 3.0 - The Transition to More Meaningful Post-Pandemic Work 

 

 

WORK 3.0.

Not Work 2.0 – that was the scrambling and experimenting, adrenaline-fueled productivity, and Zoom fatigue of the pandemic.

I hope that Work 3.0 will be a well-planned, evidence-based transition to better, more human, more productive, more meaningful post-pandemic work. 

Yes, we are still struggling with another wave of the pandemic, but there is a promise of the vaccine – and workplace and organizational psychology experts are looking to the future of work and wondering how lessons learned in 2020 can help us create better work, better organizations.

Work...

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"When I Grow Up..."

 

"When I Grow Up..." is a statement that children of every generation have recited to parents and teachers as a declaration of their future ambitions. Whether rooted in reality or fantasy, these ideas are a rite of passage.

But there is a long, deep-rooted gap that exists between rhetoric and reality. The reality is, those dreams of accomplishment are far too often limited from birth based on bias, stigma and false perceptions. Stop for a moment and think: what are workers genuinely experiencing in your workplace?

A thriving economy and innovations for a brighter tomorrow hinge on your workforce’s ability...

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Not All Problems Are Problems – 5 Real Problems for Leaders

 

 
 

A problem to you is a solution to someone else.

Friction and conflict are advantages when they inspire learning, growth, or innovation.

You might believe bureaucracy is a problem. But in top-down organizations bureaucracy is a solution. Rules and procedures prevent deviation and congeal power.

5 real problems for leaders:

#1. Blaming.

Lack of responsibility always results in recurring issues and worsening problems.

When you hear blaming from team members ask, “What do YOU want to do about that?” Listen. Expect action.

#2. Patterns.

Problems give meaning to leadership. Recurring...

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SHRM Connect: Benefits Refunds, Dropping Marijuana from the Drug Screen and Requiring Applicants to Show Their Face

 

 

When employees have questions, they go to HR.

When HR professionals have questions, they often turn to each other for guidance and advice.

SHRM Connect is an online forum where SHRM members can post questions and get answers from their peers within the SHRM community. It’s a great place to network with other HR professionals while sharing solutions and advice on a wide range of HR topics.

Jump into a discussion or watch from the sidelines. There's something for everyone.

Check out some of the latest conversations below:


Benefits - Employee Wants...

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What We've Learned in 2020

 

 

It's that time of year when reflection and planning meet to flip the calendar. This year, it seems more important than ever to put the past away. At this time last year I predicted that 2020 could be the best year ever. I had also written a blog preparing for work-from-home workforce transitions predicting a 12-week office shut down. 

Boy, Was I Wrong!

There has been so much wrong with 2020, how can we make it right again?

Informality 

Many of us spent the better part of the year in our pajamas....

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HR Strategy for Small Business - The Top 5 Focus Areas

 

 

 

Businesses require some kind of HR function as soon as they have one employee. However, it’s imperative to begin planning for a dedicated HR function early in development (SHRM recommends doing so once a company reaches 10 employees). However, to save money, research shows, 54 percent of small businesses handle employment matters themselves or have another staff member handle HR issues piecemeal. And these staff members who take on HR responsibilities typically are not prepared to do so.

5 Priorities for HR...

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How to Radically Transform your HR Operating Model

 

“I think you can’t make the mistake of designing an optimal, or academically perfect HR operating model in a vacuum. It really must be aligned with your fundamental business strategy and the overall operating model.” Lauren Duprey, Takeda Pharmaceuticals


What does it take to change the fundamental model for how HR operates in a business? In the case of Takeda, it took considerable time to settle on an approach that balanced global governance and accountability with localized, agile decision-making. The rollout of this HR transformation began in February of 2020.

Yes,...

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