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Why Workplace Disability Inclusion Matters Now More Than Ever

 

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a profound shift in workplaces across the United States and the world. “Because we’ve always done it that way” is suddenly out the window. Instead, much of the American workforce has had to get creative and find new ways of working.

In the language of workplace disability inclusion, “accommodations” are supports that enable employees to thrive at work. And overnight, we’ve seen millions of Americans using new workplace accommodations. Whether they’re working from home or working with a mask they didn’t need a few...

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The Importance of Supporting Your People Managers #COVID19

 

SHRM asked human resource professionals to share their stories about something that has made a difference in their HR careers.

Trisha Zulic, Senior Director, Business Operations and Strategy at WSA Distributing, Inc. shares how she is connecting with and supporting her people managers every day. "It's important to make sure you’re taking care of your people managers," says Zulic, "because they are the people shaping the culture of your organization.”

 

 

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How to Conduct Virtual Layoffs—Compassionately

 

 

Getting laid off is never easy, but the coronavirus crisis has made the experience even more harrowing for many workers today. You may have already heard about organizations laying off employees en-masse via gigantic Zoom meetings or emails. When these terrible tales started making the news, I was truly shocked.

HR—we can do better. It’s true that the pandemic has transformed workplace norms seemingly overnight. But that doesn’t mean our compassion and respect for people can go out the window. Companies still need to be very mindful...

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Making Culture Tangible

 

 

The outbreak of COVID-19 has forced many employees and teams to work remotely as businesses try to maintain operations. This new model of work is putting company culture to the test. Without physical interaction and typical processes, employees may not feel as connected or productive. Leaders need to adapt their culture to accommodate the current reality of working so that employees remain rooted in the culture while teleworking. 

The importance of culture is clear, as research shows culture is a key factor in higher employee engagement, productivity, motivation and collaboration....

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COVID-19: Global Government Policy Outlook

 

Over the last few months, we have seen a historically large policy response across the globe, as governments continue adjusting to the new world of work brought upon by this pandemic. Governments have taken unprecedented actions, ranging from school closures, travel bans, non-essential business closures, social distancing, among others—as reflected in the maps below.[1]


 

 

Key findings of a Global...

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Love in the Time of Corona


 

The other day my daughter shared with me that physical distancing requirements had put a kibosh on her dating life. Sure, the possibility for online connections exist, but this certainly isn’t the same as meeting someone in person and getting to know them through these ongoing in-person encounters. Upon further reflection, I realized that while COVID-19 holds the potential to impact a person’s romantic life in a negative manner, it also holds the opportunity for each of us to welcome love into our lives in ways that we had never...

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Preparing Workers for New Technology

 

Sir Humphry Davy was born in 1778. He was a Cornish chemist and inventor, as well as a prolific poet. In 1802, Davy created the most powerful battery and the first incandescent light. While most of us know Edison as the inventor of the light bulb, it was Davy who broke ground. Davy was knighted in 1812 and was President of the Royal Society in 1820. Sixty years later, Thomas Alva Edison filed a patent for the carbon filament light bulb, creating the first commercially viable instantiation of electric light. It is not possible to capture the impact. Pundits...

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5 Facets of the Future Chief People Officer

 


 

We are in the Golden Age of the HR profession, and the chief people officer (CPO) is at the helm. Technology and automation are freeing HR leaders from more administrative and process-related work, powering the CPO’s role to guide the organization in designing and implementing the talent strategies and work options needed to fuel future business growth. As technology and innovation in the workplace accelerate, this role becomes increasingly critical; going forward, the power and strength of an organization’s human capital will be what differentiates success from failure.

With a...

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How to Stay Mentally Healthy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

 

 

Since the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak became a global concern, the world has experienced a whirlwind of unexpected events and emotions. In every direction I turn to, I get a heartbreaking report about the spread of the virus. I hear about new cases of infected patients, the troubling death rates, and the scarcity of healthcare resources to manage patients.

As if the COVID-19 statistics aren’t bad enough, I also hear about the impact of this pandemic on businesses and their workers. Employers are in panic mode and...

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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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