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The Brain Rewards Assumptions

19 hours 17 min ago

To be a better leader, you need to uncover and challenge hidden assumptions. But identifying them is not easy. That’s because the more you know about your business, industry, function, spouse, family, and friends, the more assumptions you make. These assumptions create blind spots that prevent you from seeing what is really going on. In...

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Fixing the Broken System of Academic Transcript Data

19 hours 17 min ago

Students, or anyone who has been a student, have a data problem, and it’s one they may not even know exists. The massive data set of student transcript information in the United States is largely inaccessible to the individuals it is designed to benefit. While one would assume students have knowledge of by whom, when, […] The post...

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Infusing Creativity into the New Workplace—It’s Easier than You Think

19 hours 18 min ago

In the early 2000s, a fast-growing e-commerce company created a centralized compute and storage capability so its new business units would not have to build their own. It was designed for internal use, but the company realized that the extra capacity could be sold to outsiders. The result was a $10 billion business called Amazon […] The post...

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Pennsylvania Employer Faces Lawsuit in State’s First COVID-19 Death Case

19 hours 18 min ago

The world’s largest beef processing company is facing Pennsylvania’s first wrongful death and survival action for the coronavirus-related fatality of an employee who worked in a 1,400-worker plant in Souderton. The case, recently filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, alleges unsafe conditions—such as working in tight quarters...

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Adapting to the New Normal: Best Practices for Reopening Your Business

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 04:01

As stay-at-home restrictions ease in the coming months across the United States, businesses will begin to reopen, and many employees will return to their workplaces. While the health and safety of employees and customers will be the top priority, how employees are transitioned back will also be vital to successfully resume operations. This is not...

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Keep State, Federal Law in Mind as National Guard Responds to Disruption

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 04:01

As of Monday, June 1, 2020, more than 17,000 National Guard soldiers and airmen were activated in 23 states and the District of Columbia in response to civil disturbances. According to Chief of the National Guard Bureau General Joseph L. Lengyel, that brought the number of National Guard troops engaged in domestic operations at the […] The...

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Reinventing Yourself: Who Will You Be Post-COVID-19?

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 04:00

There is no shortage of lessons to be learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the economic and health adjustments we are all scrambling to make, a deluge of new challenges that have yet to be considered still looms around the corner. As we navigate our way through these rough waters of financial hardships, […] The post Reinventing...

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COVID-19 Has Changed Work Forever—But What Does This Really Mean for Our Workforce?

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 04:00

When shelter-in-place and social distancing orders were first made in March, remote working became a reality for over 80% of U.S. organizations. Millions of workers were forced to work from home for the first time, transforming their personal spaces into offices overnight. Our way of working will never return to what it was before COVID-19,...

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5 Tips for Better Background Screening

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 04:00

Choosing a new service provider for your business requires decision-makers to take a variety of factors into account. When looking for a new background screening provider, for example, companies consider the cost, the provider’s history of compliance, its accuracy rates, and its turnaround times. But after the contract is signed, it can be...

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Dropping the Ball on Employee Wellness Now Will Cost You Big Later

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 04:00

The focus for many organizations has been adjusting to the changing economic climate and either struggling to stay afloat or, for essential organizations, cranking out as much work as possible. It’s at this delicate time that things like increased anxiety, postponed medical care, lack of access to vital prescriptions, increased legal and illegal...

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This Time, It’s Different—Here’s How to Recruit Top Talent in a Remote-First World

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 04:00

These are exceptional times. According to a  Gartner online poll of Asian HR leaders in March 2020, “among 805 organizations responding, 88% now encourage or require employees to work from home.” As COVID-19 continues its onslaught around the world, governments have turned to measures such as social distancing to disrupt the contagion. Doing...

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Can Your Organization Survive Another Round of COVID-19?

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 04:00

The summer months are a time to hit the beach, take a break, and enjoy the warm weather but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 summer will be anything but relaxing. As employers welcome back workers and stay-at-home orders continue to lift, many are questioning whether there will be a second wave of the […] The post Can Your...

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Want Some Good News? Avoid the Backlash with Appropriate Messaging

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 04:00

You knew it was coming. The backlash always does. In the beginning, it was all roses and butterflies. When John Krasinski debuted his Some Good News series (also referred to as SGN) on YouTube during the pandemic, it was a welcome respite from the doom and gloom otherwise reported on the news. Personally, as a […] The post Want <i>Some...

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Is Resilience an Inherent Trait, or Can It Be Developed?

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 04:00

As a result of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, resilience has become a topic of intense interest for organizations around the world. When the crisis hit in spring, many leaders saw firsthand that their employees’ responses to adversity varied dramatically. Some faced challenge after challenge with energy and resolve, while others nearly shut down...

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Employers Watching Bill Aimed at Easing PPP Loan Forgiveness Rules

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 06:28

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)—called a godsend by some and seriously flawed by others—may be in for a bit of an overhaul. The House passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act on May 28, and the measure is expected to get a vote in the Senate soon, but not before senators seek changes in the […] The post Employers...

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10 Things Every Employer Needs to Do Before Reopening

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 04:00

It’s just a matter of time before organizations start opening their doors to employees and customers again. The way they reopen, however, can make all the difference between a safe and an unsafe workplace. The National Safety Council in concert with the Safe Actions for Employee Returns (SAFER) task force have identified 10 universal actions...

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Finishing Projects: Tips to Help Procrastinators

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 04:00

Every project has a beginning, a middle, and an end. That statement may seem obvious, and it is. But it’s one thing to note those stages and another to ensure they are all carried out with the same level of commitment and diligence. Within any organization, one will find employees who have varying levels of […] The post Finishing Projects:...

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3 Benefits You’ll Need to Offer Post-Pandemic

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 04:00

Have you reevaluated your employee benefits package since social distancing was implemented? It’s likely that your pre-pandemic perks, plans, and promises won’t hold up after COVID-19 passes. You’ll need new, creative benefits to retain talented employees and snag new superstars. How your company reacts and realigns during this crisis will...

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The Unemployed Are Making More Money—How Do We Recruit Them?

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 04:00

For organizations that are still operating or are reopening now or soon, many are facing the need to bring new employees onboard—either they are a business that is facing higher demand during the pandemic (such as grocery stores and food delivery services) or they are now able to reopen after being shut down for a […] The post The...

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Pandemic Causes Major Mental Health Concerns

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 04:00

The pressures of this pandemic have clearly led to an increase in mental health concerns. The magnitude of that increase, however, has been quite large. A recent poll of 2,000 respondents in the United Kingdom found that an incredible 74% report their mental health has been negatively impacted because of the pandemic. The “Mental Health...

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