COVID-19

Posts Tagged COVID-19

 

Last week I had a chance to bring together an amazing panel to talk about how to support parents in a challenging work environment. This conversation featured:

  • Donielle Buie, HR leader in charge of employee wellbeing at the Broad Institute
  • Shana Sweeney, CHRO of SugarCRM
  • Jonathan Corke, marketing leader at Bright Horizons

In the video below, you can hear each of these leaders talking about how they are tackling the challenge of supporting parents, regardless of whether work is remote or not. 

 

September 17, 2020

 

As employees return to the new normal, employers face tough choices regarding shortcomings in skills and knowledge that were laid bare by the forced telecommuting following the pandemic shutdown.

A 2018 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development study found that 50 percent of jobs ran the risk of greatly changing or becoming obsolete. After COVID-19, that's even more possible. Thanks to all of the workplace adaptations due to the pandemic, the question for many becomes how to re-educate the available workforce to fill the vast void in new digital technologies.

September 16, 2020

 

 

Q: I oversee a couple of departments, and I’m noticing a trend.  With more people working from home, I’m finding they are less likely to take vacation than other years.  Maybe because travel is difficult, or maybe it’s just awkward.

September 15, 2020

 

 

 

A cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) is an increase in wages, salaries or benefits, usually based on an objective measure that estimates how much additional money a typical person or household needs to maintain their standard of living. With the current situation being that many companies will have a remote workforce through 2021, COLA has been top of mind for HR leaders recently.

August 26, 2020


 

When the pandemic first hit hard in the United States—a lifetime ago, early March—we focused on travel from China, then South Korea, then Italy and so on. Our focus was on the quarantine of employees who had engaged in international travel.

July 20, 2020

 

 

I love reading books and watching shows and movies that were set back in the times of castles, kingdoms and mystical creatures. I’m a huge Lord of the Rings fan as well as the tales of King Arthur. It may also explain why my favorite movie is Monty Python and the Holy Grail !! In many of these tales, you find a gargantuan castle surrounded by a moat.

July 1, 2020

 


 

Most employers are engaging in some sort of screening for COVID-19 before an employee can enter the workplace.

In some jurisdictions, the screening is required by law.  Even where not required by law, most employers have some screening program to mitigate the risk of infection (and liability).

June 29, 2020
June 23, 2020
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Q: I want both my staff and customers to feel safe. As an employer who is trying to figure out how to safely re-open my business, among the things I’m considering is requiring employees to be tested before they come back. But now I’ve heard conflicting facts about how useful or not useful testing can be. What do you recommend?

June 22, 2020
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I responded to a recent SHRM #Nextchat Question of the Day post regarding some of the greatest changes to your organization as you rebuild your business after COVID 19. To my surprise (delight and honor), I received a response from SHRM requesting that I elaborate on that response to the question of the day.

June 11, 2020

 

A virus brought the world to its knees and as we begin to move forward, many people are curious to know what the New Normal will look like. I am curious too, and what I am most curious to know, is what are we learning?

May 27, 2020
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Q:  I manage a division with 40 employees.  About half are happy working remotely, getting paid their usual, in no hurry to return. The other half however, are public-facing employees who can’t work remotely.  They’re being paid their base salary, but not their commissions.  In other words, they need us to open in order to make ends meet. 

May 26, 2020

 

Sue Oswalt, vice president of human resources for Insurance Program Managers Group, talks about how to efficiently transition your workforce to remote work and continue keeping your employees engaged.

 

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May 21, 2020

 

 

I have re-discovered some books in my library.  

Dr. David Kundtz penned this in 1998,  Stopping--How to Be Still When You Have to Keep Going.

According to Kundtz, stopping has three levels:

Stillpoints – stopping quickly and doing nothing for just a moment

Stopovers – this level is an hour to several days. In this level, you have the feeling that you have been away and have had a mini vacation for the soul

May 1, 2020
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In the first of a three-part series looking at the COVID-19 pandemic and worker displacement, Emma Smith and Ross Smith look at the accelerating effect the outbreak will have on the future of work.  

April 30, 2020