Metrics for measuring work-from-home happiness and productivity

Moving from shared offices to working from home is a big transition demanding thoughtfulness and attention to the smallest details. From hiring to firing, every HR process needs to be redesigned to fit this new reality. Redeveloping your onboarding process, rebuilding your performance management, and helping your employees maintain work-life balance is only the beginning. Because once you’ve done it all, you have to take the next step: reviewing the data, drawing insights, and figuring out what your work was worth.The impact of work from home on your teammates can’t…

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Who cares about time-to-hire—and how is it different from time-to-fill?

When talking about recruitment metrics, time-to-hire and time-to-fill are two of the most important—but they’re not the same. While time-to-fill speaks to organizational politics and needs, time-to-hire is about the recruitment experience. Time-to-fill measures the amount of time between deciding to open a new role and signing a contract with a new hire; time-to-hire is the amount of time between a job’s first applicant and signing a contract. Let’s get into: The crucial differences between time-to-fill and time-to-hireHow to measure time-to-fill and time-to-hireHow these metrics will help you tighten up…

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9 tips for increasing employee engagement

Engaged employees—those who feel like a real part of their company—stay with an employer for longer, are more productive and are higher-performing than disengaged employees. They're your best advocates and any organization's prized asset. Employees, however, don't engage themselves. Employee engagement is the natural result of a people-first culture: one that connects employees to each other encourages growth and development and allows employees to bring their true selves to work. Increasing engagement takes work at all levels, from the C-suite down to every individual contributor. These nine tips will help…

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Understanding compensation expense factor

When building our compensation management for coming cycles, we have a lot to think about: cost of living increases, recruitment needs, retention issues, and organizational budget changes. We have to balance our growth plans with organizational realities, and while we may want to full our teams with senior talent, we have to make sure it’s a financial possibility. Compensation expense factor is the metric that will determine the present and future of your compensation management processes. While compensation is often an organization’s most significant expense, it doesn’t dictate the organizational…

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How can parents adjust to the “new normal?”

As the world begins easing shelter in place restrictions and businesses start trying to figure out how to bring people back to work, one thing is clear: things have changed and likely will never fully go back to how they were before. But this doesn’t need to be a bad thing.  The shift to remote work was already a trend before the current crisis and as we start transitioning back to work, business leaders have the opportunity to adopt a more flexible and agile model. Bucking this trend risks damaging…

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Which roles should come back to the office first?

As the economy begins to open up, the American workplace is forging a balance between returning to operations and risk mitigation. A rush of people coming back to work may contribute to the spread of COVID-19, so it’s vital for businesses to be methodical and measured when determining who is coming back and when. With much of the nation’s workforce sheltering at home for the last couple of months, teams have gotten more accustomed to working remotely but keeping everyone at home indefinitely is likely not an option for most…

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Who wants to go back to the office after COVID-19?

The world is hurtling into our being-designed-as-we-speak new normal. Businesses are reopening, public transportation is back on schedule, and we’re expected to swap sweatpants for pants that button and get back to the office, ready (emotionally) or not. But...why? These months of forced work from home have shown even the most remote-averse that not only is it possible, but it helps some workers be more productive and produce better work. That’s why now that it’s time to start going back, not everyone wants to.We surveyed more than 2000 United States-based…

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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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