According to a new survey, HR professionals have a strong voice in their companies and are using it to promote change and innovation. A vast majority (88%) of HR leaders responding to the 2020 Paychex Pulse of HR Survey feel that they are a strategic partner within their organization. Particularly, they say they have a vital role in navigating new regulatory challenges compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic. About 80% believe that workplace technology helps support them in this role, and 79% say tech tools enable their workforce to be more efficient and productive. … [Read more...] about Loud and Proud: HR Professionals Speak Out, Plug In to Address COVID Challenges
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Putting families first this fall means that some workers will require paid leave. Know now who is eligible and when. Your employees with children, especially as schools prepare to go back in session, are under tremendous stress. With many schools opening for in-person or remote learning or a hybrid model, your working moms and dads likely will have to spend some of their time juggling work and schooling. … [Read more...] about When the School Bell Rings, Where Will Your Employees Be?
If employees behave irresponsibly outside of work, it can have a disastrous effect on your organization and everyone in it. Consider a pledge to help ensure that workers take safety seriously 24/7. Your employees are representatives of your organization, even when they are off the clock. During this pandemic, you don’t want to see a worker on the evening news or an internet video socializing in a crowded bar or refusing to wear a mask to shop in a store. Your workers have a responsibility to protect themselves, their coworkers, your residents, and everyone they encounter in the course of a day. While you can’t monitor what they do and say 24/7, you can make sure they understand what behavior is expected of them and the consequences of noncompliance. … [Read more...] about Encourage Responsible Behaviors with COVID Pledge
Your workplace can be affecting your employees’ wellbeing. Look around for ways to keep everyone happy, healthy, and productive – even in times of stress. Back in May, the World Health Organization predicted a “massive increase in mental health conditions” caused by pandemic-related anxiety and isolation. Since then, digital platforms such as Talkspace have reported spikes in activity; and a Kaiser Family Foundation survey says that more than half of American adults report that the pandemic has worsened their mental health. Despite your best efforts, many of your workers may be hurting. Consider how you can change and adapt their environment to boost their mood and reduce their anxieties as they return to the workplace. … [Read more...] about From Chaotic to Comfortable: How the Right Environment Can Maximize Workplace Mental Health
Consider these innovative ways to show employees that their safety is a top priority…now and into the future. Your employees and colleagues, whether they’ve been working onsite or functioning remotely, increasingly will look to organizational leaders to keep them safe and healthy in the months (and years) ahead. This means going beyond business as usual; and it will take more than hand sanitizer dispensers in the lobby and the break room. Don’t wait until a second wave of COVID-19 or another health crisis hits to strategically plan for the new normal of workplace safety. … [Read more...] about Workers Are Counting on You to Keep Them Safe Post-COVID: Are You Ready?
Between politics and the pandemic, conversations can heat up quickly. Focus on common goals, ideas, and interests to keep your workplace cool. Mix politics with a pandemic, and the result is potentially explosive. However, leaders in the field suggest some strategies for keeping the heat down and teamwork up, even when workers have opposing and passionately held beliefs. … [Read more...] about How to Unify Employees When Diverse Beliefs Threaten to Divide Them
When you or your employees are a target of anger and/or outrage, it’s frustrating and uncomfortable. But you may be more in control than you think. The challenges of dealing with angry people – at work and in life – have come center stage recently, due to people posting videos and stories of “Karens” and “Kevins,” slang for people complaining and causing trouble for others in their communities. These are individuals who exhibit outraged, angry, entitled, paranoid, and/or abusive behavior toward others, most often with little or no provocation. We have all encountered these men and women is one form or another. The question is how to deal with them in a professional, respectful, and calm way, particularly when just walking away isn’t an option. … [Read more...] about Pandemic Brings New Attention to Dealing with Angry People
The new normal of work will require employees at all level to up their digital game. Get ready now to take the lead on training. The COVID pandemic has put technology in the spotlight, as telemedicine visits, video meetings, virtual conferences, and remote work have become the norm. As a result, everyone—even entry-level workers--are now expected to have some digital skills. In health care alone, the number of people impacted by this digital demand is nearly 24 million. However, according to new data, the digital skills gap is wider than you may think; and you need to start planning now to fill it. … [Read more...] about Pandemic Brings New Urgency to Digital Skills, But Gaps Remain
The right training can ensure that your workers walk the walk on compliance today, tomorrow, and into the future. Lying, cheating, and stealing in the workplace are all too common. When people get caught, they often make excuses for their behavior, deny it, or blame others. When you implement a compliance training program that is more than an obligation and that reaches employees on a real, personal level, a culture shift results. The foundation of an effective compliance program includes six key elements: executive commitment, accountability and ownership, training and support, end-user engagement, alignment, and value measurement. … [Read more...] about Move the Compliance Needle with Effective Training
With a huge jump in job openings, aging caregivers, and turnover at an all-time high, now is the time to prioritize ways to attract more people to caregiver professions. Forget the red flags; it’s time to send up the flares. According to a new report from PHI, 8.2 million direct care job openings are expected by 2028, with not nearly enough strategies for filling them. From 2018 to 2028, the direct care workforce is expected to add more jobs than another other profession—including nursing, food service, and software development. Home care will have nearly four times the number of openings as nursing homes and residential care. Read on for more information from this report and how the authors suggest the industry can work to meet demands. … [Read more...] about New Report: Direct Care Workforce Moving from Crisis to Emergency