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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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The Benefits of Workplace Scripts

Mon, 06/01/2020 - 04:00

Scripts are common tools in many industries like telemarketing and customer support. They can empower relatively inexperienced teams to quickly start tackling more challenging responsibilities in customer-facing roles. A script often has a customer prompt and then a number of potential paths to follow depending on the customer request or response...

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Activities to Promote Teambuilding for Remote Employees

Mon, 06/01/2020 - 04:00

Even as the country begins to reopen from coronavirus-related shutdowns, organizations are finding it may make sense to have many employees continue to work from home. For this shift to remote work to be successful long term, however, there are necessary components to help teams work well together with fewer in-person interactions. Thankfully,...

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5 Ways HR Can Combat Communication Overload in the Age of Digital Transformation

Mon, 06/01/2020 - 04:00

There’s a scene in the movie Bruce Almighty in which Jim Carrey’s character, stepping in to play God, hears the prayers of thousands of people all at once. Overwhelmed by the noise, he handles it in the most efficient way possible: a “reply all” e-mail. As you might expect, chaos ensues in a flood of […] The post 5 Ways HR Can Combat...

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HR Problems: Drinking While Working from Home

Mon, 06/01/2020 - 04:00

With many Americans still working from home during self-isolation, our everyday habits have drastically changed in order to accommodate our new daily routines. For some, this may mean waking up a few minutes later or perhaps juggling work and homeschooling the children, but others are using this newfound freedom as reason to have an alcoholic...

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Talent Acquisition Best Practices in Times of Uncertainty

Mon, 06/01/2020 - 04:00

For some companies, hiring continues during the COVID-19 pandemic, with many needing to bring new employees physically onboard to serve customer or product development needs. In an environment of confusion, mixed messages, and fear, what should employers be doing during the talent acquisition process to ensure both new and existing employees feel...

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Maintaining Culture and Engagement No Matter Where You Are

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 04:00

Employee engagement was a major conversation before the coronavirus, and it’s still important. I recently spoke with an HR professional who has done everything she can to help maintain a healthy workplace culture and keep employee engagement high while we all work from home. Meet Annette Harwood, Head of HR at M Science. How did […] The...

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Balance Is Bullsh*t

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 04:00

I’ve asked quite a number of leaders whether there is such a thing as work/life balance. Almost all of them say “no” without hesitation. They agree there are times we’re present, we’re grounded, we’re in sync with what matters, and we’re in the zone, feeling all the joyous personal and professional satisfaction we’re looking for....

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Report: Recruiters Must Be Prepared to Face More Demanding Hiring Pressures

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 04:00

If you want to succeed in the post-COVID-19 world, you must be prepared to overcome the mounting pressure brought on by hiring demands, finds a new report. Jobvite, a provider of recruiting and talent acquisition software, has published its 11th annual “Job Seeker Nation Report,” an in-depth look at the behaviors, views, and preferences of...

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3 Tactics for Reducing Stress in a Multigenerational Workplace

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 04:00

In the busy, performance-driven workplaces of today, it is easy for employees to find themselves under constant stress. Stress found in the workplace can affect not only employees’ work product but also their mental and physical health. While workplace stress is common, companies can do more to reduce employees’ stress and create a healthier...

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Training on Videoconferencing Etiquette

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 04:00

As more of us are working from home—and more of the working-from-home crew will continue to do so in the future—it’s important to get the basics right. We can all use some tips for best utilizing the software that enables communication among remote employees. For employers, this means providing training to employees on how to […] The...

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Managing Impact of Stay-at-Home Orders and Remote Work on Paid Leave Benefits

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 04:00

Instead of beautiful beaches, outdoor adventures, or exotic locales, we are facing the realities of travel restrictions, social distancing requirements, and continued health fears. While we grapple with these issues, it’s starting to occur to managers that many employees have likely not taken vacation or other paid leave (unrelated to COVID-19)...

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Work/Life Balance for Remote Employees

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 04:00

As organizations adjust to our ever-changing reality when it comes to social distancing and finding new ways of doing business, many of us have moved to having a high percentage of our workforce working from home. As a result, many employees have ended up working a lot more hours from home than they normally would. […] The post Work/Life...

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How Recruiters Can Stay Active in a Hiring Freeze

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 04:00

In precarious periods such as the one we are experiencing with COVID-19, job security and opportunities become scarce. While some companies continue to search for and acquire new talent, most have halted their recruiting efforts for the time being. Even tech giants like Google will be reducing their hiring for the remainder of 2020. Like...

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5 Tips for Maximizing Remote Workers’ Productivity

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 04:00

The COVID-19 outbreak has forced many businesses to offer, if not require, work-from-home options for employees. With people working remotely, employers face many challenges with maintaining the same level of productivity as before the pandemic. Here are five guidelines to help ensure your employees are maximizing their time outside of the office...

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