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Aligning Reality with the Ideal: Diversity Exec Working to Bridge Equity Gaps

Mon, 06/28/2021 - 04:05

When Ellen Bailey, Senior Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at Harvard Business Publishing Corporate Learning, was growing up, she remembers her parents telling her, “You can be anything you want.” She took that to heart when she was a kid, but when she grew up and started looking at the statistics, she found out that “the...

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Employee, Spouse Blame Employer for COVID-19 Infection, but Lawsuit Fails

Mon, 06/28/2021 - 04:00

A federal court recently dismissed a lawsuit filed by an employee and his spouse attempting to hold his employer liable for both of them contracting COVID-19. The dismissal should bring comfort to employer anxiety over negligence lawsuits by employees and their family members seeking damages for possibly bringing a coronavirus infection home from...

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How to Return to Physical Workspaces if We Don’t Reach Herd Immunity

Mon, 06/28/2021 - 04:00

COVID-19 has pitted health and safety against the well-being of people and organizations. Keeping communities safe has meant sacrificing so much, and the pains of the past year have been twofold: Businesses have been forced to close or become remote, and workers’ emotional well-being has been at risk. Source: oxinoxi /...

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Can a 17-Year-Old Sign to Authorize a Background Check?

Mon, 06/28/2021 - 04:00

Background checks have become a fairly standard component of the hiring process. Most employers perform some form of background screening, though it varies in terms of how in-depth it is and what is covered. This can not only help the employer with decision-making but also ensure the employer uncovers potential issues. Source: Antonio...

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Recommendations for Employers Looking to Transition Employees Back to the Office

Fri, 06/25/2021 - 04:06

With the COVID-19 vaccine now widely available in the United States to those who are eligible, the percentage of Americans getting vaccinated is rising. This development is causing employers across the country to reflect on whether to call their employees who have been working remotely due to the pandemic back into the workplace. Many...

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Virginians Will Be Lighting Their Joints on July 1

Fri, 06/25/2021 - 04:02

Starting July 1, Virginia will be the first state in the southern United States to allow the use of recreational marijuana. That’s because on April 21, at the close of this year’s General Assembly session, Governor Ralph Northam signed a historic marijuana legalization bill allowing adults to possess small amounts of pot. Although the original...

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The Benefit of (Some) Turnover

Fri, 06/25/2021 - 04:00

Employers, given their preference, would love to keep most employees around indefinitely—to have their top performers spend their entire careers with the company. Not only would that tenure demonstrate dedication and commitment to the company, but it would also reduce the time, effort, and cost of recruiting and onboarding new staff and help...

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The Pandemic Has Taken a Toll on Manager Wellbeing

Fri, 06/25/2021 - 04:00

Managers have often seen themselves as dispassionate observers of their employees, implementers of systems and protocols, and enforcers of time management—all in the name of productivity and efficiency. This past year proved a major challenge to all those systems, ongoing work assignments, ways of working, and job roles as the pandemic brought...

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What is Skill Data?

Thu, 06/24/2021 - 04:06

Skill data, as the name implies, is any data point that is in reference to an individual’s skills and includes data that measures what someone can do. Some examples of skill data include: Individual skill listsSkill assessment resultsExperience detailsSkill proficiency levelsInformation on what skills people are learningCertifications or...

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Self-Improvement to Cult Initiation: How Not to Lead a Training Session

Thu, 06/24/2021 - 04:03

You would hope employers know the difference between a training session and a cult initiation ritual, but you may be surprised. A Panda Express took trust building exercises and loyalty tests too far during a four-day “self-improvement” session that started with beratement and ended with employees in their underwear. Source: Rawpixel.com...

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DOL’s Rule Withdrawal Makes Justifying Independent Contractor Status Tougher

Thu, 05/06/2021 - 10:09

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) decision to withdraw the independent contractor rule developed during the previous administration means businesses looking forward to an easier justification of contractor status need to think again. The DOL’s withdrawal of the rule became effective May 6. The rule, which was finalized late in the...

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Balancing Employee Resilience with Employee Needs

Thu, 05/06/2021 - 08:00

One thing the pandemic has taught us is how resilient employees are across nearly all industries. Organizations and employees alike needed to trade on that resiliency to make it to today. But such resiliency is not without costs. Today’s “Faces of HR” guest spends a lot of time thinking about that balance. Meet Karen Crone, CHRO at...

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The One Benefit That Could Save You Millions When High-Volume Recruiting

Thu, 05/06/2021 - 04:00

As we emerge from the pandemic and businesses begin ramping up operations to meet demand, there will be a renewed focus on hiring. The competition for quality talent will increase, and companies will be looking for recruiting advantages that are effective and cost-efficient. For companies involved in high-volume recruiting, the need for...

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Acronyms and Employee Performance: List Goes On and On

Thu, 05/06/2021 - 04:00

Acronyms are quick and useful abbreviations that allow us to recall lists, speeches, important facts, or procedures through the use of one word or short phrase. Such shortcuts are common in the world of employment, too, and just as useful. Source: Tero Vesalainen / shutterstock TIPS and tricks Acronyms are one of the oldest tricks in the...

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A Return to the Office: When, How, and Whether

Thu, 05/06/2021 - 04:00

As the United States continues to forge ahead in its vaccination efforts, many employers and employees are looking to an eventual return to the office. But employee attitudes toward remote work and concerns about the safety of reopening need to be balanced against the benefit of bringing staff back to the office. Source: Kelleher Photography /...

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Build the Muscle to Innovate with Trust

Thu, 05/06/2021 - 04:00

The pandemic has tested the plasticity of company cultures like never before. Organizations that were flexible enough to change large parts about how they operate, and do it quickly, were able to spark innovation that will outlive the circumstances that motivated those changes in the first place. In some cases, entire businesses changed, not just...

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Best Practices for HR Pros Facing Increased Pressure to Improve Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 04:00

Widespread social justice protests in 2020 led to an unprecedented focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at work, requiring HR leaders to ensure they’re following best practices to address the challenges. In response to the demonstrations, many employers issued strong statements confirming their commitment to racial justice and...

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Emotional Intelligence for HR

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 04:00

The term “emotional intelligence” means being cognizant of your own emotions and the emotions of those around you, as well as how they are impacted by daily occurrences. Being aware of others’ emotions is a major asset, as it can improve interpersonal and working relationships and make the organization run more smoothly. Source: Constantin...

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My Love: Netflix Documentary Series Spotlights Family Farm’s Labor of Love

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 04:00

The new Netflix documentary series My Love celebrates the heartwarming stories of six longtime couples across the globe. The first episode focuses on David and Ginger Isham, who have been happily married since 1959. It turns out that their love for each other is just as sweet as the maple syrup cultivated at their family farm in Vermont. While the...

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Recruitment Does Not End After the Interview

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 04:00

As unemployment falls and the job market ticks back up, finding talented individuals to fill out your workforce gets harder and harder. On top of that, turnover is at an all-time high, costing businesses millions of dollars. When a skilled worker decides to leave, the arduous recruitment process begins all over again, and no one wants...

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