PRIDE in the workplace 2021

Celebrating Pride: 3 steps for LGBTQ workplace inclusion

To celebrate Pride Month, we're sharing tips on how HR can create the kind of workplace where everyone is free to come as they are.

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Build your brand

4 rules for creating a strong employer brand

Employer branding—how employees and potential future hires perceive your company—is a valuable asset that all companies should nurture and grow.

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Happy Women's Day

How companies can empower women in the workplace

We can do more to empower women to reach their potential, give women the freedom to be a mom and a boss, and create more equity at home and the office.

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let's talk about reviews

7 signs your performance review needs a facelift

When performance reviews are done right, everybody wins. The problem is, it can be challenging to get it right. Does your company's performance review need some fine-tuning?

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5 reasons why you should commit to DE&I in 2021

Prioritizing DE&I in 2021

2021 is the year we prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I). We’re going to build inclusive and equitable cultures that honor all of our people and their diverse backgrounds; redesign our recruiting policies to make sure they’re built to support equitable hiring; stamp out structural inequities from our compensation structure, and support employees in their unique journeys. Throughout 2020 we explored diversity, equity, and inclusion in HR. These are our most important learnings. 1. Investing in DE&I pays off Diverse teams perform better. They make better decisions, collaborate more effectively,…

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Remote holiday party ideas for 2020

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way. Oh, what fun it is to Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom. Hey! Not nearly as catchy as the original—I know. But in this weird world of sweatpants and all Zoom everything, we need to redesign the holiday season to fit our social distanced reality. Let’s look at this as an opportunity to reimagine the holiday season and spirit. How can we make our company celebrations more inclusive for everyone? The boozy Christmas parties of seasons past were fun, sure, but for those…

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A-Z of employee communication

Strong communication practices have always been important but now that we're all working remotely, they can be the make-or-break factor for successful team dynamics. To help you keep your managers and teammates up to speed with your organization's communication culture, we put together a fun A-Z list of best practices for good communication. A is for actions Words are good, but actions are better. Make sure your people understand the value (and impact) of their actions and non-actions. None of us are working on an island; to succeed, we need…

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3 reasons you should prioritize employee recognition

When your focus is building successful teams that work together as a seamless unit, it might feel counterintuitive to single out employees for their accomplishments. But to keep every part of your team moving, you need to address each of them individually. Employee recognition is the act(s) of publicly and privately acknowledging individual achievements, and it's critical to increasing your business' bottom line. Here's how. Recognition and engagement are tied Engagement is known to be an important element of culture, productivity, and ultimately bottom-line results for your business. How does…

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3 company best practices for increasing remote work productivity

Staying productive in the age of distraction is a constant struggle—especially when the kitchen is a few steps away. How can we get anything done when we are always being interrupted by push notifications and barking dogs? It's possible, but to get everything done we have to become more aware of how to structure our time. To help your remote teams stay productive, you can work on a company level to create a more supportive culture. Adopting these three practices will help your people across the organization stay motivated, engaged,…

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10 ways managers can build culturally-safe teams

As organizations around the world increasingly recognize the importance of engendering healthy culture in the workplace, cultural safety has become a vital part of the conversation. For employees to be motivated and productive, they must feel recognized and valued for their unique and diverse identities.  Cultural safety enables employees to flourish, regardless of race, religion, gender, physical or intellectual differences, or sexuality, and creates opportunities for each member of an organization to put their best foot forward, every day.  Managers are the gatekeepers of cultural safety, and, by extension, of…

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How COVID-19 impacted employee wellness

Across continents, genders, and seniority levels, it seems we’re all feeling the same thing: we’re having a hard time. We checked in with 2000 workers across the US and UK about their mental health at work and how it’s been affected by the pandemic. To get the full picture we surveyed full-time employees from all walks of life, spanning different industries, seniority levels, and genders, and talked to them about how their lives have changed since COVID-19 took over the world. We discovered that, across the board, we’ve all been…

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3 ways to encourage physical fitness for your people

It’s been a strange year in the workplace, and we’ve all been stuck at home for way too long. Time has stood still, and many of us have too. As we slowly start venturing back out into the light, now is the perfect time to encourage physical fitness and activity among our people.  HR’s responsibility is to help employees gain the tools that they need to stay healthy, no matter if they’re working from the office or home. Giving employees the tools to embrace physical fitness benefits everyone. Let’s explore…

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Scaling company culture tips

We’re advocates for building company culture early—the sooner the better. But we’re also advocates for revising as your company grows and develops. Company culture isn’t something that should be stagnant: just as people change with time, so do their values. What seemed appropriate two years ago might not align with your values today; what you’ve learned about other cultures and organizations might push you to make big changes. What we’re saying is, as your company scales, your culture should adapt. We checked in with HR experts about their advice for…

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Defining cultural safety

Culture is more than happy hours and touch football: it’s the “it” factor, that feeling you get from the team and managers. Cultural safety is the basis of that; without developing cultural safety, there is no company culture. The concept of cultural safety emerged in New Zealand during the 1980s as a framework for responding to unequal access to health services by indigenous Māori people. As defined by indigenous rights leaders at the time, culturally-safe practices recognize and respect the identities of others and meet their needs, rights, and expectations.…

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5 tips for dealing with stress while working from home

I’ve been working from home for years, no problem. But working remotely during a pandemic? Oooooh boy. That’s a tough one. Government-enforced solation, health-related concerns, a constant stream of negative news, plus the stress inherent to working from home, have combined to form a big mushroom cloud of anxiety. Due to those immediate modifications including isolating workers due to social distancing, existing stress have been magnified alongside the new ones that have popped up. Many of the stress-busters we know from regular office life don’t apply to WFH, especially for…

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