How HR can prepare the office for the post-COVID return

Were you thrilled to start working from home? As the economy begins reopening after COVID-19 mandatory shutdowns, HR leaders, managers, and employees face uncertainty on how to safely return to the workplace. In this new normal, the top priority must remain the health of all team members. Coming back to work can be stressful but, with proper planning and dialogue, HR and managers can help teams navigate the transition while enhancing connectivity and collaboration. What can HR do? HR has a big part to play in planning the return to…

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What we learned about flexibility while working from home

Were you thrilled to start working from home? I wasn’t. I missed my team, I missed my desk, I missed sitting on the deck outside with a coffee and a coworker. Even though I’d worked from home full-time for years before joining Hibob, I still preferred grabbing teammates for a quick chat or whiteboard sessions. But COVID didn’t ask me before it whipped through the world, so for your safety and mine I moved back into my home office. After a few weeks of finding my footing, I remembered what…

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Remote onboarding checklist: Doing it right and getting employees to stay

The first 90 days of a new job are critical to long-term success, both for you and your employees. A well-planned-out remote onboarding process can be the make-or-break for new hire retention; in fact, 64% of new hires report leaving a job because of unsatisfactory onboarding. In Michael D. Watkins’ bible to onboarding for employees titled The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter he writes, “Good initial decisions founded on the right kind of learning...bolster your personal credibility. As people come to trust…

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Managing stress and burnout in the workplace

Let’s talk about stress, baby. Let’s talk about you and me—and the devastating toll chronic stress can take on your mental and physical wellbeing. Burnout, panic attacks, loss of productivity: all of these are connected to stress, something preventable and curable. But without awareness, prevention and cures can’t happen. That’s why we’ve put together this list of five signs of workplace stress that will help you help your people stay strong and healthy—before it’s too late. Let’s go into the physical, mental, and performance-related alarm bells for employees suffering from…

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Remote, work from home, distributed: what’s the difference?

While we are adjusting to the new world of work, we’re finding changes and adjustments in every nook and cranny. We’re creating new best practices every day in order to cope, including a new language. While adjusting to working from home, we hear three terms being thrown around all the time: remote, working from home (WFH), and distributed. It’s finally the time to explain what’s the difference between them and what do they mean—especially when it comes to company policies. Work from home This category is probably the simplest to…

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What we need to ask employees before coming back to the office

As we are preparing to go back to work at the office, we are preparing to meet a new normal. When we were sent home months ago, either to work from home or to shelter-in-place, the world looked different—we commuted, we maybe even drank coffee at the cafe. Now, to bring back the world from the social and economic standstill, we need to get back to our offices in a new way.  We were sent home for our own safety—and the new way of work is built to keep us…

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4 ways for HR to help employees communicate in times of crisis

There is a growing recognition that stress, depression, and anxiety are leading causes of disability and absenteeism from the modern workplace. In the UK alone, workplace stress results in the loss of 13 million workdays every year. Prioritizing and promoting mental health are vital during normal times—and in times of crisis, this need is even more pressing. The current global health crisis surrounding COVID-19 is shining a spotlight on the negative impact of stress on employee productivity and wellbeing, with nearly half of American adults reporting that their mental health…

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How to be a role model for your team as a manager

We all love to have role models: someone to look up to, whose behavior we can emulate. In the strange new world we are in, this has never been more true. As a manager in the workplace, people look to you for guidance and to be an example of great behavior. Now, aside from encouraging questionable novelty socks, how can your at-home routine encourage and empower your employees to manage their new world? 59% of employees across the United States report an increase in anxiety as a direct result of…

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How the aftermath of COVID-19 can impact company culture for the better

Around the world, we are watching the COVID-19 pandemic curve becoming flat.  Most of us are working remotely, exercising from home, teaching our children from home, and having family dinners over video conferencing. But we are still waiting to be able not to do so. We are anxiously waiting to go back to the office and school, get on a plane to travel, and go out. We are hoping this circumstance will be over sooner rather than later.  At the same time, we are also afraid that getting back to…

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5 tips for becoming a great Chief HR/People Officer

Long gone are the days when HR was a company’s glorified complaints department. Talent, both attracting and keeping it, are widely viewed as a company’s top priority. That’s the reason that the importance of HR has skyrocketed. And as Chief HR Officer (also sometimes known as CPO, Chief People Officer) of your company, optimizing your people’s workplace experience—keeping them engaged and motivated—is job #1.  CHRO’s work is never done. Sometimes, getting HR right can be overwhelming. The good news is that there are a few quick things you can do…

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Does employee engagement rule the world of work?

Employee engagement is a key part of any HR strategy. But how effective has employee engagement been in addressing the biggest challenges faced by today’s companies? Even with all the hype surrounding engagement, however, a survey conducted by Gallup shows that only 13% of people feel engaged in their work, and overall engagement levels haven’t improved in years. Is all this chatter about engagement just a lot of sizzle, with little substance? Turns out that beyond its feelgood appeal and buzz-worthiness, employee engagement is actually changing the world of work…

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Beyond personnel: top HR budgeting strategies

More and more traditional HR tasks are becoming automated or outsourced. As a result, today’s top HR heads are in a serious period of change—evolving from largely operational roles to strategic business partners. To stay relevant, human resources specialists need to grow their skills set and become an expert in implementing their companies’ overall business strategy.  Here are some innovative ideas to keep in mind as you start building your strategic HR plan and budget. Use KPIs to play the long game HR needs to align its specific departmental goals…

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HR solutions need to support diverse teams

Building diverse and inclusive teams is a challenge for all scaling companies. Building diversity and inclusion processes across multiple sites is even harder. While companies employing HR leaders may already be working with HR systems supporting multiple sites, that’s not necessarily true for smaller organizations. The lack of flexibility and personalization that are unfortunate hallmarks of traditional HR solutions make it nearly impossible for growing companies to support multiple sites—and multiple cultures. The new, globalized world of work needs tools that transcend borders. We need multi-time-zone calendars, workflows built to…

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How digital tools are reducing WFH isolation during COVID-19

Within a week, most professionals found themselves working from home. That’s the story of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on our work lives. Decisions made by our companies, governments, and medical professionals pushed us all into pseudo-social isolation—with communications technology and digital tools available as a single saving grace. With so much of the world under lockdown, what digital tools are we relying on to stay in touch—and sane? Communication networks show massive growth Data from communications networks show stunning growth in the number of calls made during this…

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Preboarding: What is it and why is it important?

In our rapidly evolving workplace, HR has been forced to develop a whole new language: one that accurately reflects all of our increasingly complicated roles and work conditions. When it comes to hiring, one of the words in this new vocabulary that you should be keeping top of mind is “preboarding.”In an era when employee engagement is everything, a crucial way to set yourself apart from the competition is a well-planned (and implemented) preboarding program. Wait. What’s preboarding? You know what onboarding is and when it happens. Preboarding is the step…

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