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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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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Building your company culture remotely: Help employees thrive from home

The world of work has changed—quickly, and probably forever. We’re creating new best practices for this “new normal” every day, and one of our big struggles is how to block out the noise and thrive in this new working environment. HR teams are working hard to adjust to a world where employees are across cities, not desks, especially in a time of crisis. Watch our webinar to see how can you support employees and their families during a pandemic. Listen to how can you maintain productivity while working remotely and…

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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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How HR can best help its people cope with COVID-19

The coronavirus outbreak has become a global crisis. The societal and business upheaval being wrought by the pandemic is unprecedented. Worst of all, the number of people infected and fatalities are expected to climb.  One major ramification of COVID-19 is that it’s forcing people to work from home in record numbers. But working remotely, often in isolation, can trigger intense fear, panic, even a sense of impending doom.  This is why proactive HR teams are working late into the night to address the very real concerns of their team members.…

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How parents can both homeschool and be productive employees

It seems like the world of work has changed in a month. It’s safe to say that this period, with COVID19 floating in the air and most of the workforce either furloughed or working from home, is universally challenging. But especially for parents. Those brave individuals raising children are increasingly being thrust into the chaos of trying to balance their remote work responsibilities with caring for and homeschooling their children. Most governments around the world have shuttered their educational institutions in an attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus,…

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How to say goodbye respectfully when working remotely

It seems like the world of work has changed in a month. We went from making sure our office spaces were as comfortable as possible to asking entire organizations to work from home, communicate daily by video and chat, and stay as productive as possible while the outside world is chaotic. We are learning to live in this reality to the best of our ability, and that includes adjusting our way of working. A disturbing reality of the COVID19 pandemic is that on a near-daily basis companies are downsizing or…

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How to get managers to help onboard their hires

In light of the global climate, working from home is the new normal for most fast-growing companies. Despite not being able to congregate in a meeting room, or around a water cooler, companies are doing everything they can to keep their workforces productive, happy, and engaged in these unprecedented times. On April 1, we hosted Andrew Bardsley, People and Culture Programme Manager for our client Modulr, and Frankie Kemp, of People Skills for Geeks, to have a discussion about how HR can provide an amazing onboarding experience remotely, and how…

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The impact of onboarding A company’s onboarding process directly affects employee inclusion and retention. Our research found that 64% of employees are driven to leave a job after a bad onboarding experience. We learned that new joiners are looking for a clear, personalized process that offers organic opportunities for getting to know coworkers. Inc.com (19M): How to Prevent Bad Onboarding So Great Hires Don’t Leave YouOnboarding needs to be professional, but it also needs to be human. Think about how you would feel and what you'd want in a new…

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