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Leaders: It’s Time to Focus on Allyship

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 04:01

To the leaders of our companies: As I write this in June 2020, issues of racial injustice are deeply impacting the black community following the murders of George Floyd and countless others. The systemic racial discrimination and inequality that continue to plague our society have our communities and workplaces activating their responsibilities to...

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Deskless Workers Want Better Benefits

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 04:00

When candidates were controlling the hiring landscape, employers were bending over backward to meet jobseekers’ demands. However, that all shifted when the coronavirus pandemic swept the globe. For employers that may be struggling to bring workers back on, may we offer this one suggestion? Try offering a better benefits package. According to new...

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COVID-19-Related Mental Health Strain Likely to Increase Workplace Violence

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 04:00

No one is immune from the pandemic, but there are parts of our society that are experiencing greater loss and impact than others. One of the most dangerous effects is also one that is the hardest to identify—that of ideation, often fueled by feelings of injustice, a lack of control, and extreme depression and anxiety. […] The post...

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Can You Set Too Many Goals?

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 04:00

Setting goals for employees is important. It helps establish clear expectations and guidelines, keeps the employer and employees on the same page, and is a major component of appropriate communication. As such, some employers try to be as detailed as possible with employee goals. They provide high-level goals, as well as individual components that...

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Preparing for the Return to On-Site Work: A Guide to Implementing a Successful Transition

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 04:00

Most companies impacted by COVID-19 are anxious to return to normal business operations. With the proper protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of employees and customers, returning to on-site work can be the right decision for many businesses. Most companies impacted by COVID-19 are anxious to return to normal business operations. With...

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2020 College Grads: A Great Source of Innovative and Committed Talent

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 04:00

A whole new class of college students has just graduated in one of the most chaotic and uncertain times in recent memory. As unemployment rockets to depression-era heights, this class will have serious challenges when it comes to being employed. It’s important for employers not to dismiss this valuable source of talent. I recently spoke...

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Cybersecurity Training: ‘Hacking’ Your Own Employees

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 04:00

Cybersecurity threats aren’t just concerns for national governments. They can and do impact countries of all sizes. Whether they are intended to steal sensitive corporate secrets, steal payment information, or disrupt service and take down websites, cyber-risks can pose significant financial, regulatory, and logistical challenges for...

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Roughly 80% of Workers Don’t Want to Come Back, Citing Virus Fears

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 04:00

While employees are returning to workplaces across the country, sadly, a majority of them are still worried they may end up losing their jobs because of the novel coronavirus. A new study from The WellBeing Lab indicates U.S. employees are feeling the stresses of the “new normal,” with an increasing number (84%), up almost 10% […] The...

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How Employee’s Refusal to Return to Work Affects Jobless Benefits

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 04:00

Although businesses and organizations continue to reopen, some employees remain steadfast in their desire not to return to work. Some may refuse because the working conditions are unsafe, or they generally fear catching COVID-19 during the ongoing pandemic. Others may fear their jobs aren’t “suitable employment.” Finally, some may be...

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Supreme Court Adopts Broad Definition of Sex in ‘Historic’ Title VII Ruling

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 06:23

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is being hailed as a landmark ruling. But for many employers, it just formalizes the policies and practices they were already using, according to attorneys who focus on employment matters. On June 15, the Court ruled that the language...

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‘Next Chapter’ Platform Helps Connect Laid-Off Workers with New Careers

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 04:00

A new initiative launched by some major private sector employers and educational institutions seeks to pair displaced workers with in-demand positions. Rapid Growth in Unemployment Aside from the illness itself, one of the most significant impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic has been economic, including the devastation of the labor market. “Over the...

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How the Black Lives Matter Movement Might Just Save Us from Our Economic Crisis

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 04:00

The world order is being shaken up at a scale our generation has never seen before as we face a pandemic, widespread social isolation, and a global economic collapse. And as if we haven’t seen the worst this year had to offer, we bore witness to the tragic injustice of a man named George Floyd, who was […] The post How the Black Lives...

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Ban the Box Laws and Second Chance Programs that Help Ex-Offenders Find Work Are Spreading Fast

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 04:00

Ban the box laws and Second Chance programs that help ex-offenders in the United States are spreading fast across the country. The National Employment Law Project (NELP) estimates that approximately 70 million people in America—or nearly one in three U.S. adults—have some type of criminal record that may hinder employment opportunities. The ban...

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Unacceptable Employee Behaviors

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 04:00

It should go without saying that some types of employee behavior are simply unacceptable. Violence, harassment, bullying, theft, and fraud are examples that come to mind. But other behaviors may be less obvious—they’re not ideal, but they may be more of a question of whether an employee should be terminated, disciplined, or simply warned to...

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Supreme Court Bans Discrimination Against LGBT Individuals

Mon, 06/15/2020 - 11:10

An employer that fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in an opinion issued today. Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the 6-3 opinion and was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena […] The post...

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Benefit Considerations in Uncertain Times

Mon, 06/15/2020 - 04:00

The initial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic is putting new urgency on company benefits. As employees look to their benefits offerings, companies are responding in kind by leveraging, expanding, and creating new benefits to answer the needs of their employee populations. As Ayco works with our corporate partners across the United States, we are...

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Automation and Reskilling Are Critical for Employee and Business Success

Mon, 06/15/2020 - 04:00

Business experts and leaders across the nation have been discussing digital transformation for decades, and with the recent coronavirus pandemic, organizations have had to adapt rather quickly to keep up with demand. The last few months have shown that technology is not something to be feared but rather something to be celebrated because without...

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Hiring Optimism Is Starting to Emerge

Mon, 06/15/2020 - 04:00

Global staffing firm ManpowerGroup has been keeping track of global hiring intentions for decades, and with the COVID-19 pandemic shaking up the world, it is now seeing a 10-year low in U.S.-based hiring intentions for the third quarter (Q3) of 2020. Employers in the United States report significant declines in hiring intentions for Q3, according...

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Employers Gain Upper Hand: Report Shows Large Reductions in Resignations

Mon, 06/15/2020 - 04:00

Understanding the effects from the first few months of the pandemic can be valuable in helping understand what will happen next. A recent report sought to understand turnover and hiring trends for the month of May. The report, called “COVID-19 Employee Turnover and Hiring Trends for May 2020,” was created by Visier and relies on […] The...

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Pandemic Create New Threats and Exacerbate Old Ones

Mon, 06/15/2020 - 04:00

The workplace has never been immune from human problems, including disagreements among employees, arguments, physical threats, drug abuse, and violence. Safety and HR professionals work hard to minimize and mitigate such threats. Whenever the landscape of humanity changes, such as during a pandemic, novel threats arise that require, above all else,...

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