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Part 2: The Future of Hybrid Work Will Be About Talent Retention and Knowledge Management

The employee attrition phenomenon and its new fear of the “great resignation” might soothe the change resistance at some point. And the trigger could come from our ability to expand the talent pool geographically to new states nationwide or new countries. For most companies, there’s no turning back after this, do it for one new hire, and you have to change your policies and culture forever. But new talents will make the difference and nurture a competitive advantage in the long run.

On the other hand, if you favor local recruiting or...

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When it IS and ISN’T the Right Time to Create a New Policy

First, let’s address when it’s NOT a good idea to create a new policy. When a manager or supervisor thinks it’s easier to make a policy than deal with a performance issue with one or a few people, they are going to find themselves in a heck of a mess.  It’s not a good idea to subject everyone to a policy that is generated by the misdeeds or misunderstandings of a few. That’s the job of the manager, and that’s performance management.

Here's a true story that demonstrates this concept....

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Part 1: Why Do We Have so Much Resistance to Change for the Flexible Workplace?

Why do we have so much resistance to change for the flexible workplace?

Social innovations and the adoption curve

To date, all the surveys and data show that 75% of employees would prefer working from home at least half the time. Even more powerful data underscores that minorities would prefer working remotely to escape tensions at the office.

So, what beliefs could block such social innovation? Why do we still consider risk management for teleworking as high in specific industries such as Finance and even more for the majority of the GAFAM?...

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#SHRM21 Interview with Lester S. Rosen: Background Screening Programs & The Use of Criminal Records in Hiring

In this interview, Lester S. Rosen, attorney and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), discusses the use of criminal records in hiring and developing a strategic approach to an effective background screening program. 

Hi Lester, for those of us who are not familiar with your work, can you please introduce yourself?

Thanks. I am a former criminal trial attorney that started a national pre-employment background screening company that has been rated the top enterprise screening firm in the US recently  which we are very proud of. The firm is Employment Screening Resources (ESR). I have also written what...

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Employee Engagement: The Trends in a Worldwide Pandemic

Major crises appear to be on a nearly once-in-a-decade cadence; we experienced the tragedy of 9/11 in 2001, we felt the collapse of the economy in 2008, and now, we’re amid a global pandemic of proportions not suffered through in over 100 years.  Not only has the pandemic negatively affected the health and lives of people around the world, but it has consequently impacted the economy and how companies operate.  As we learned in 2008, it wasn’t necessarily the poor economic conditions that affected employee engagement and sentiment, but rather the actions of leaders and how they led their company...

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Leadership is What Gen Z Needs Most as We Exit the Pandemic

As a professional trainer, business school professor, former Fortune 100 project manager, and acting city manager, one key component that I have seen to be consistent that helps organizations run smoothly is people.  The pandemic prompted plenty of workers to reevaluate their careers and lives, which has led to The “Great Resignation.”  The cost of losing workers is estimated to be around one-third of a worker’s annual earnings, which can be excruciatingly painful as businesses are trying to recover from the pandemic. Among those willing to jump ship is Generation Z (born ~ 1995-2012), who are now entering the...

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Mandatory Vaccinations for Some?

 

With the delta variant of the coronavirus on the rise, employers are scrambling to ensure their work environment is safe for all. That means reviewing or perhaps revamping the vaccination policy you put into place six months ago. The initial COVID-19 outbreak was hard enough to manage; now employers may need to get even more creative in trying to balance worker safety while respecting employees’ choices on whether to get vaccinated.

I recently fielded this question that came into the HR Knowledge Center: “Can employers require vaccination for only certain groups...

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Medical Marijuana’s Impact in Today’s Workplace

I am a product of the 90s. I watched “TGIF” every Friday night growing up, can recite all the lyrics to the most popular New Kids on the Block songs and am fluent in “Friends” quotes. Never have I used Ross’ “Pivot!” line more than in the past few years.

We in the HR world have been charged with updating our company policies and practices each time federal and state regulations change. And lately it seems like we’ve been asked to “pivot” daily. I exaggerate, but between ever-evolving COVID-19 regulations and medical marijuana laws, it does seem like it.

As...

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Returning from Vacation? Five Ways to Do It Right

It was the best vacation you’ve had in recent memory. Only now, a week into being back on the job, you’ve discovered a common problem: you’re still on vacation.

At least mentally, that is. Recent surveys suggest people are finally taking the vacations they had put off during the pandemic. According to a June Korn Ferry survey, 79% of professionals say they will use more vacation days in 2021, and 46% say they will take a longer vacation than in past years. But while there is plenty of advice on how to get away...

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Breaking Up is Hard to Do

You have fallen out of love with your job. No amount of date nights, second chances, or counseling services will make the situation right. You figure that it is time to move on to greener pastures, but is it?

There are ebbs and flows to every relationship, and jobs are no exception. What attracted you to your current position — challenging assignments, a fun work environment, money — may no longer be enough to keep you interested and satisfied. However, before mentally checking out and looking for a new position, make the following considerations.

1. Begin by having a conversation...

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