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Slack less and work more: How too much communication can be a productivity killer

OCTOBER-1-2020

Slack less and work more: How too much communication can be a productivity killer

Experts say that while instant messaging can improve communications between remote workers, there are pitfalls to be aware of, including non-work-related conversations that can become a time suck.(Read more)

Slack--and other similar services--provide a way to update team leaders and fellow members on your status, as well as, if it's an appropriate time to contact you. "If you're working on a project where you need 'heads-down' focus for a while, update your status to 'busy' so they understand your response time may be slower," said Rhiannon Staples, CMO at Hibob,

Boomerang Employees: Why Rehiring Former Employees Makes Sense During COVID-19

SEPTEMBER-30-2020

Boomerang Employees: Why Rehiring Former Employees Makes Sense During COVID-19

Reviving businesses requires tribal knowledge with a fresh perspective. As businesses reopen, new roles emerge, and restructuring changes the nature of the business, former employees can bring back to it some unique skills and motivations. And that is why boomerang employees, as they are fondly called, can be good hires in the current crisis your business is facing.(Read more)

“Many companies nowadays are even managing a corporate alumni group. Especially if a former employee left on good terms, him or her coming back often means that they had an affinity for working at their former firm, and willingly chose to return. Rehiring an old hire often speaks very highly of the company and its relationship with the employee,” says Rhiannon Staples, CMO of Hibob, an HRIS people management software.

Which Holidays Should Your Business Offer Paid Time Off For?

SEPTEMBER-23-2020

Which Holidays Should Your Business Offer Paid Time Off For?

In the United States, there are dozens of observed holidays. Some are recognized at a federal level, others at the state level. Some are religious in nature and others political. With so many holidays celebrated by American workers, it can be tough for employers to figure out which holidays they should observe by offering paid time off. (Read more)

"Everybody celebrates different things, and everybody wants to take time off for different reasons," said Ali Fazal, senior director at human resources company Hibob.

Agile, Adaptable, and Innovative

Agile, Adaptable, and Innovative

There is no arguing that 2020 has been a challenging year for business. From switching to remote work seemingly overnight to making ends meet in an economic downturn, organizations have had to be agile, adaptable, and innovative to stay afloat. And employees are feeling the impact: Workers across industries are being asked to adjust to rapidly changing conditions in an uncertain climate, often facing furloughs, shifting job requirements, and entirely new modes of work. (Read More)

As workplace demands continue to evolve due to COVID-19, HR leaders share best practices for growing employee skills.

Employees Are Concerned About the Future – How Managers Can Show Empathy & Flexibility

SEPTEMBER-09-2020

Employees Are Concerned About the Future – How Managers Can Show Empathy & Flexibility

Rhiannon from Hibob takes on the manager’s role to enhance employee engagement amidst times of massive burnout amongst the employees and the role of empathy in doing so.

Due to the economic downturn and the fact that there is no clear end to the pandemic, people are looking for ways to adjust and thrive despite the indefinite period of uncertainty that lies ahead. People are putting in extra hours while also managing childcare and other home responsibilities, making it necessary for HR teams and managers to support employees who are facing added responsibilities and external stressors. Living alongside the pandemic has changed not only the place people work, it has affected their hobbies, their sports, their family and friend gatherings, and their leisure time; life has changed quickly and not temporarily. This creates stress. Read More

IT IS NOT JUST A SAYING, COMPANIES ARE MADE OF PEOPLE WORKING, CARING ABOUT THEIR JOB, ACHIEVING THEIR GOALS, GETTING THINGS DONE, GIVING SERVICE TO CUSTOMERS, TO EACH OTHER, HELPING EACH OTHER.

Welcome to the Age of FOMU (Fear of Meeting Up)

SEPTEMBER-08-2020

Welcome to the Age of FOMU (Fear of Meeting Up)

Last week, in the course of one day, I had two panic attacks. Well, okay, as someone who’s had actual panic attacks — find me a year ago, dry-heaving on a subway platform en route to a job interview — that’s not exactly what these were. They were more like flitting, flipping spasms of panic — somersaults of the stomach. And both times, they were in response to the prospect of going out into the world to meet up with people. (Read more)

Rhiannon Staples is the CMO of Hibob, a “people management platform” that enables employee growth and engagement. “We used to hear about the term FOMO, where people are afraid to miss out on events, gatherings, and experiences for fear of not being part of the action,” she says. “But since the pandemic, the opposite is true.

Perfect company cultures are out, inclusivity and transparency are in

SEPTEMBER-08-2020

Perfect company cultures are out, inclusivity and transparency are in

Employers must show employees and stakeholders that they don’t plan on letting the issue of diversity and inclusion slip down on the priority list or become usurped by “more pressing” business goals.
The past several months have been truly unprecedented for HR leaders worldwide. (Read more)

The past several months have been truly unprecedented for HR leaders worldwide. In addition to navigating a global pandemic, and helping their teams adjust to the potentially unfamiliar dynamic of remote work, so many social issues have finally emerged to the forefront of the conversation.

How should HR handle political talk in the new workplace?

SEPTEMBER-03-2020

How should HR handle political talk in the new workplace?

From “Make America Great Again” hats to “Biden/Harris” yard signs, there’s no denying we are deep in the throes of a presidential election year. By all accounts, it’s shaping up to be one of the most contentious face-offs in American history. With emotions running high, employers must figure out how best to handle political talk in the workplace—virtual or in person.(Read more)

Providing a respectful pathway for discussing the election and other hot topics is key to developing a healthy modern workplace culture, says Ali Fazal, senior director for New York-based people management platform Hibob. He suggests creating discussion groups or viewing parties, not necessarily sanctioned by HR but “above board, so people are not doing them in secret.” HR should attend to monitor conversations and observe where conflicts arise.

Some employees in the office. Some at home. How to make it work

SEPTEMBER-3-2020

Some employees in the office. Some at home. How to make it work

There's been a lot of speculation about what work is going to look like after the pandemic. Some companies have said they'll allow employees to work from home permanently. Others want everyone back in the office once it's safe. And then there are those that land somewhere in the middle.(READ MORE)

"If you have a dispersed team and can't get everyone around the table as you used to ... how do you map organizational objectives and priorities?" said Rhiannon Staples, CMO of people management platform Hibob.

How to Create a Workplace Culture That Goes Beyond Ping-Pong and Happy Hour

August-28-2020

How to Create a Workplace Culture That Goes Beyond Ping-Pong and Happy Hour

We recently spoke with Rhiannon Staples, Chief Marketing Officer of Hibob (hi, bob!) - an HR management platform dedicated to helping companies maximize employee experience - about the importance of cultural safety in the workplace. In our conversation, Rhiannon discusses the impact of a company's culture on its employees' productivity and overall well-being, as well as the key tenets of a workplace culture that prioritizes empathy, respect, and inclusivity. She also touches upon the challenges of maintaining workplace culture while many of us are still working remotely. (Read More)

Cultural safety is a lot more than just feeling security in your job or your workplace. It’s a feeling of value companies give their employees that permeates into every facet of an employee’s life at work.

Are we on track for more inclusive workplaces in the future?

AUGUST-27-2020

Are we on track for more inclusive workplaces in the future?

In light of Black Lives Matter, Trans Lives Matter, and other movements giving a voice to underrepresented groups, how do workplaces need to address diversity and inclusion differently? For many of us, diversity and inclusion at work are not new concepts. This certainly isn’t the first piece you’ll read on the topic and, unfortunately, it won’t be the last. As long as our workplaces aren’t diverse, inclusive or equal enough, we will need to continue focusing on the issue. So, how is the future of diversity shaping up? (Read More)

“Implicit bias training falls short because of its totally underwhelming aim,” Noone said. “Why are we just trying to reduce the extent to which people are, for example, unconsciously racist? Wouldn’t it be much better to teach people how to be consciously anti-racist?

16 future of work influencers you should be following

AUGUST-16-2020

16 future of work influencers you should be following

As we look at all things future of work, these influencers could help you learn more about education, diversity, inclusion, economics, wellbeing, and remote working. The future of work has always been a hot topic of conversation. In recent months, however, working lives have been turned upside down for many of us and more focus than ever has been placed on how we’re going to work down the line.

To help keep your finger on the pulse, here are some future of work influencers we recommend following. (Read More)

Ali Fazal is senior director of marketing at people-management platform Hibob, which is looking to “shape the future of HR”. In particular, Fazal has looked at diversity and inclusion in the workplace and something he sees as potentially problematic for the future of equality at work is performative allyship. Follow him for more important insights about diversity and other things leaders will need to keep in mind for the future workplace.

7 things we’ve learned about navigating work during Covid-19

AUGUST-21-2020

7 things we’ve learned about navigating work during Covid-19

How often should you update your LinkedIn? Which jobs are most in demand right now? We discussed these topics and more in Careers this week.

We’ve been living with Covid-19 for a few months now but our work is still constantly changing. This week, we heard from a number of experts about various aspects of working life, many of which have been impacted by the pandemic. (Read More)

Hibob’s Ali Fazal shares his advice on how businesses can take better steps towards equality. In his eyes, setting goals and targets for diversity and inclusion “isn’t up for negotiation”.

Measuring performance in a post-COVID workplace

AUGUST-19-2020

Measuring performance in a post-COVID workplace

Shifting priorities to business continuity was and to a great extent remains a key focus for employers, and employees have stepped up in this need of the hour to help organizations sustain this crisis. Are employers reciprocating this empathy by acknowledging the extraordinary circumstances and adjusting their approach to performance management? Let’s find out.

To keep employees mentally stimulated and avoid burnout, Hibob’s Chief Marketing Officer, Rhiannon Staples suggests that modern leaders must recognize online presence does not always equate to productivity.

Before You Head Back to the Office, Consider a Hybrid Work Model

AUGUST-17-2020

Before You Head Back to the Office, Consider a Hybrid Work Model

Before the pandemic, most organizations prioritized their physical sites. Companies expanded operations and market reach by opening new offices in new locations and staffing those offices with people who came in every day.

The pandemic, however, triggered the world’s largest remote work experiment. Practically overnight, millions of people started working from home — and they found they could remain productive and effective while doing so. The unexpected global shift to remote work proved to be a success for employees and employers alike. (READ MORE)

A recent Hibob study found that 60 percent of employees are comfortable returning to an office environment, but that also means 40 percent of workers are not ready to come back. These differences are personal and cut across age groups and professional roles. Employees may have all kinds of concerns regarding their safety, regardless of the steps your company takes to enforce social distancing, especially if they or their loved ones are in high-risk categories.

High Achievers Know that Striving for Perfection Is Never the Answer

AUGUST-17-2020

High Achievers Know that Striving for Perfection Is Never the Answer

What is the optimal balance between being a high-achiever and being a perfectionist? A recent study published by the BBC reviewed the issue of working with perfectionists and found that people prefer working with realists rather than those who strive for perfection. In fact, perfectionists are harder to work with and, in addition to creating delays in delivery times and in completion of tasks, waiting until something is seemingly perfect before delivering it also creates tension and conflict over details that may not be that important. (Read more)

When mentoring young professionals, pointing out the differences between being a highly motivated ambitious professional and being a perfectionist can help them succeed and truly make an impact wherever they work. It is important to think about and do this for yourself, too.

Hibob’s Ali Fazal: ‘Setting goals for diversity isn’t up for negotiation’

AUGUST-17-2020

Hibob’s Ali Fazal: ‘Setting goals for diversity isn’t up for negotiation’

It’s crucial that companies listen to staff about matters of diversity and keep performative allyship and virtue signalling in check, says Ali Fazal of Hibob.(READ MORE)

‘In the era of social media, companies that don’t take action will be held accountable’ – ALI FAZAL

How to protect yourself if you work in a toxic workplace

AUGUST-16-2020

How to protect yourself if you work in a toxic workplace

When Jim Smith (name changed) worked for a public relations, marketing and communications agency in Midtown, he worked for a boss who channeled the fiendish Miranda Priestly from “The Devil Wears Prada.” (READ MORE)

Ali Fazal, senior director of marketing at Hibob in Tribeca, which helps companies create positive work environments, says that change comes from employees escalating things. “Don’t discount how much power you have as an individual contributor,” he says. “New York City is the pinnacle of so many industries — we have the opportunity to lead by example.”

5 Tips To Grow Professionally While Working From Home

AUGUST-16-2020

5 Tips To Grow Professionally While Working From Home

It can seem challenging to focus on career development while working remotely. Especially during COVID-19, when you might have the kids, pets and even extended family at home vying for your attention.(READ MORE)

Fortunately, working from home doesn’t need to hinder your professional growth. Rhiannon Staples, CMO of Hibob, the people management platform, shares five ways that employees can enhance their professional development during these challenging times.

Career expert: How to write a cover letter that will actually get you noticed

AUGUST-13-2020

Career expert: How to write a cover letter that will actually get you noticed

Cover letters can feel like a time-consuming and pointless part of the job hunting process. However, most hiring managers still see them as crucial when assessing applicants. A whopping 83% of recruiters, hiring managers, and HR staff call cover letters important parts of their hiring decisions, according to a ResumeLab survey of 200 “HR Pros.” READ MORE

A thoughtful and specific cover letter also shows you aren’t simply applying to dozens of jobs at once, says Rhiannon Staples, HR expert and chief marketing officer at Hibob. “If nothing else, a well-crafted and tailored cover letter shows that you aren’t canvassing job boards with your resume, but rather you have a distinct connection and interest in the company and job you’re applying to,” she says.

Many employees are tired of working from home. Here’s what to do about it.

August-13-2020

Many employees are tired of working from home. Here’s what to do about it.

Working from home has been a positive and productive experience for many employees, but five months into quarantine, some may feel overwhelmed by working remotely for the foreseeable future.(Read More)

With difficulties collaborating, tech breakdowns and projects continually pushed back, workers are reportedly feeling less connected and companies are struggling to prevent “work-from-home fatigue.”

Many employees are tired of working from home. Here’s what to do about it.

AUGUST-12 2020

Many employees are tired of working from home. Here’s what to do about it.

Working from home has been a positive and productive experience for many employees, but five months into quarantine, some may feel overwhelmed by working remotely for the foreseeable future.(read more)

“There was an initial burst in productivity, but what we've seen over time is that people are feeling claustrophobic,” says leadership team expert Mike Goldman. “Trying to get work done with family around you is difficult given the setup for a lot of people, and so is not being around co-workers or being in the office.”

Employers should also think about flexibility as a form of reward: Rhiannon Staples, Hibob

AUGUST-13-2020

Employers should also think about flexibility as a form of reward: Rhiannon Staples, Hibob

To keep employees mentally stimulated and avoiding burnout, modern leaders must recognize online presence does not always equate to productivity, says Rhiannon Staples, CMO, Hibob.(read more)

The colonial mindset around working from home being synonymous with lesser work being done has been challenged by the endless hours of work being put in by leaders, managers and employees.

Silicon Valley's open offices are probably over, thanks to the coronavirus — but they were always bad for employees anyway

AUGUST-9-2020

Silicon Valley's open offices are probably over, thanks to the coronavirus — but they were always bad for employees anyway

Experts say that the open office was never very positive for employees, who reported feeling less productive and more distracted, got sick more easily, and felt pressured to work longer and harder because of their lack of privacy. (read more)

The coronavirus outbreak will have long-lasting effects on US workers, particularly when it comes to the open office made popular by Silicon Valley companies like Facebook and Google.

Job hunting? Don’t make the most common cover letter mistake.

AUGUST-6-2020

Job hunting? Don’t make the most common cover letter mistake.

Recruiters, hiring managers, and HR staff say cover letters are key to hiring decisions. Ask a Manager columnist Alison Green explains how to write a good one.(read more)

Cover letters can feel like a time-consuming and pointless part of the job-hunting process. However more hiring managers still see them as crucial when assessing applicants.

Is Empire State Realty Trust a Good Fit for a Retirement Portfolio?

25-July-2020

Is Empire State Realty Trust a Good Fit for a Retirement Portfolio?

Office buildings are generally considered to be one of the safer types of commercial real estate investments. Tenants sign long-term leases, and office space is a necessity for many businesses no matter what the economy is doing. Read more

Many experts think there could be a big trend towards allowing employees to permanently work from home as well as downsizing or even eliminating physical office spaces.

Workplace Diversity: What Companies Need To Get Right, Right Now

14-July-2020

Workplace Diversity: What Companies Need To Get Right, Right Now

It wasn’t that long ago that it would have been acceptable for an executive to make off-color jokes about minorities. This could be targeted at any number of marginalized groups. Most likely an individual that was negatively impacted by the “joke” or biased commentary would simply swallow their pride and have to “deal with it.” The co-workers around them would either chuckle along, simply roll their eyes or just offer an uncomfortable glance to one another. But American businesses are being shoved through a massive and rapid paradigm shift. Read More

“Company leaders and HR teams need to take action to make sure they are improving their office cultures today for the workplace of tomorrow.”

“Stop using yourself as a benchmark” with Ali Fazal and Parveen Panwar, Mr. Activated

13-July-2020

“Stop using yourself as a benchmark” with Ali Fazal and Parveen Panwar, Mr. Activated

Like with any social change, some people adopt the new normal because they are scared of ‘being canceled’, but my hope is that this turns into real meaningful change in behaviors, both in the workplace and in mainstream society. Read More

“5 Steps We Must Take To Truly Create An Inclusive, Representative, and Equitable Society”- Ali Fazal

Ali Fazal of Hibob: 5 Steps We Must Take To Truly Create An Inclusive, Representative, and Equitable Society

08-July-2020

Ali Fazal of Hibob: 5 Steps We Must Take To Truly Create An Inclusive, Representative, and Equitable Society

Like with any social change, some people adopt the new normal because they are scared of ‘being canceled’, but my hope is that this turns into real meaningful change in behaviors, both in the workplace and in mainstream society. had the pleasure of interviewing Ali Fazal. Ali Fazal is Senior Director of Marketing at Hibob, where he leads a global marketing team. Before joining the Hibob team, Fazal led demand generation marketing for e-commerce company Yotpo and led marketing and sales teams for Greenhouse Software, DoubleDutch, and Gigya. Fazal is also a member of the Forbes Business Development Council. Outside of work, Fazal enjoys exploring Manhattan, craft cocktails, and any book or movie with a twist ending.Read More

“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine” by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Increased Productivity and Improved Employee Experience: What Hibob’s Integration With Microsoft Teams Aims to Deliver

08-July-2020

Increased Productivity and Improved Employee Experience: What Hibob’s Integration With Microsoft Teams Aims to Deliver

The top priorities for organizations remain the same irrespective of the change in the way they operate and employees work. Even though employees who worked from offices earlier are now working remotely, managing and improving workplace productivity as well as engagement has remained paramount. And now, it is more important. The lack of social interactions and leadership communication in the workplace will affect company culture. Read More

bob HR for Teams brings two differentiators: the clear emphasis on the end-to-end employee lifecycle, starting with onboarding and ending with performance management, as well as the features that link collaboration to engagement.

Hibob Announces Integration with Microsoft Teams to Enhance Workplace Productivity and Employee Experience

08-July-2020

Hibob Announces Integration with Microsoft Teams to Enhance Workplace Productivity and Employee Experience

Transformative HR company Hibob announces bob HR for Microsoft Teams, an integration that will promote employee productivity, inclusivity and engagement by enabling teams to stay up-to-date on company news and information, get to know co-workers from the onset, and get quick responses to HR actions. With many companies rolling out long-term remote and hybrid plans, this integration will help cultivate company culture remotely, solve HR needs with increased transparency, and support collaboration among colleagues while improving efficiency. Read More

This integration not only helps make productivity and collaboration easier but also enables employees to build strong bonds with colleagues.”

As employees return to work, wellbeing should be a priority

06-July-2020

As employees return to work, wellbeing should be a priority

Planning on moving your team back into the office? Rhiannon Staples of Hibob shares her advice for doing it successfully.

Rhiannon Staples is the chief marketing officer at Hibob, a people-management platform that works with HR leaders to “modernize their business”, particularly for remote workers.

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Modern and adaptable technology is a big part of how organizations have been able to shift to remote operations so effectively, so building on these takeaways and advancing the use of technology as companies return to work are major components of facilitating positive workplace outcomes post-COVID.

Why support for LGBTQ+ employees must extend beyond Pride Month

30-June-2020

Why support for LGBTQ+ employees must extend beyond Pride Month

Supporting the LGBTQ+ community in the workplace must extend beyond Pride celebrations and into long-term policies and changes a workplace can commit to making, says Ali Fazal, senior director at Hibob, an HR management platform.

“Changing your logo to a rainbow logo is one thing, and it is a very public expression of support for the LGBTQ community,” Fazal says. “But the worst thinking for anybody in a marginalized community is to feel like they’re being used for tokenism, as opposed to actually being cared about.”

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“Changing your logo to a rainbow logo is one thing, and it is a very public expression of support for the LGBTQ community,” Fazal says. “But the worst thinking for anybody in a marginalized community is to feel like they’re being used for tokenism, as opposed to actually being cared about.”

We’re Ready to Go Back to Work, Say More Than 50% of Employees in a Hibob Survey

25-June-2020

We’re Ready to Go Back to Work, Say More Than 50% of Employees in a Hibob Survey

Though employees are excited to meet their colleagues and return to their normal routine, they expect their organizations to take strict safety measures

Some are happy to go back, others are not. The opinion on whether it is safe to go to work and the reasons to go back to work are divided.

Just a few weeks ago, we covered how Quantum Workplace found that employees were more productive when working from home. Others have faced burnout and loss of productivity because they have been unable to handle the demands of work and family in the same environment.

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“Many employees are feeling confident and ready to get back to work, but some still have their hesitations. Therefore, employers must focus on considering all appropriate circumstances and plans in order to address a full-picture roadmap of return. Companies will need to create hybrid policies that are adapted to fostering a sense of culture and engagement for those who are working from home as well as people working in the physical office,” commented Ronni Zehavi, CEO of Hibob

This is how many employees actually want to go back to the office right now

25-June-2020

This is how many employees actually want to go back to the office right now

Offices around the country have begun to reopen, but there is much debate over whether employees are ready to return to not only the office, but to their commute and to life before the pandemic shut down virtually everything.

Even New York, the epicenter of the pandemic within the US, began opening offices again on Monday. Companies are handling reopening in various ways; While some organizations are keeping offices closed altogether, others are opening at reduced occupancy and leaving the decision of returning up to individual employees. Read More

“Many employees are feeling confident and ready to get back to work, but some still have their hesitations,” said Ronni Zehavi, CEO of Hibob

Most office workers OK with temperature checks: Survey

25-June-2020

Most office workers OK with temperature checks: Survey

Fifty-three percent of office workers surveyed in late April say they are comfortable with going back to work and of them, 73% say they would be OK with workplace temperature checks, according to results released Thursday by New York-based human resources technology firm Hibob Inc. Read More

65% are confident their workplaces could overcome operational challenges of getting back to the traditional workspace and 87% said they felt their companies have been keeping staff informed

How To Re-Open Successfully: 4 Cost-Saving Strategies

22-June-2020

How To Re-Open Successfully: 4 Cost-Saving Strategies

When COVID-19 shut down businesses in New York City in mid-March, Mera McGrew's natural soap company Soapply was just hitting its stride. Inspired by her experiences working for a tour operator in Africa -- where she saw first-hand how the simple act of washing hands could save lives -- the four-year-old firm had grown into a thriving enterprise. Then, as the notion of proper handwashing resonated throughout the world in the spring, demand for Soapply products took off. Read More

But even without the pandemic, Staples maintains surveillance is not a proxy for good leadership. "Seeing someone's screen grab or watching them on a web cam is not an indicator of productivity," she maintains. "Productivity should be based on outcomes."

Productivity monitoring: Considerations for HR, from compliance to culture

08-June-2020

Productivity monitoring: Considerations for HR, from compliance to culture

Remote work isn't new. Its road to popularity has been paved by workers seeking the flexibility, job satisfaction, and productivity it provides. An analysis by FlexJobs and Global Workplace Analytics found that in the last five years, remote jobs grew 44%, and in February 2020, 4.7 million U.S. workers operated remotely. Read More

If managers have conversations about expected outcomes, employees don't have to be monitored, Staples said. "Whether you do [the work] at 11 p.m. or 3 p.m., so long as you deliver by the deadline. That's the strongest message," she said. Staples acknowledged that this approach might not work for every role, but for many white-collar, remote positions, it could. "Manage by outcomes versus output," she said.

How Companies Can Celebrate Pride Month Remotely

09-June-2020

How Companies Can Celebrate Pride Month Remotely

How companies can celebrate price month remotely - Watch Here

COVID-19 has affected the way the entire workforce operates, with June reserved pride month, experts explain how companies can be inclusive towards their staff and celebrate

Managing the pitfalls of employee monitoring while finding better solutions

03-June-2020

Managing the pitfalls of employee monitoring while finding better solutions

As employers look to adapt to remote work, many are considering the move to surveillance systems that will monitor everything from employee productivity to workplace safety.

But there are pitfalls of employee monitoring, which can be damaging to company culture, says Rhiannon Staples, CMO of Hibob, an employee and HR management platform. Many of Hibob’s clients — which range from tech and gaming companies to media and entertainment — have historically worked remotely. The shift to working from home due to COVID-19 was not new to them, but it forced the hand of businesses who’ve never had a remote workforce. Read More

Staples says she sees a recent trend toward greater surveillance, and businesses looking for technologies they can put in place to monitor the daily activities of their employees during the pandemic.

Who’s Thriving in a Remote Work Environment?

02-June-2020

Who’s Thriving in a Remote Work Environment?

Hibob unveils the results of its latest workplace study, showing that a majority of employees feel just as productive working from home as they do in a more traditional office setting. While remote work gives workers the flexibility they crave, even with the stresses added by COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders, employees’ individual productivity levels directly correlate with their position at the company, living situation, and gender. Read More

A NEW STUDY REVEALS EMPLOYEES’ POSITIONS WITHIN A COMPANY, LIVING SITUATIONS, AND EVEN GENDER HAVE A MAJOR INFLUENCE OVER PRODUCTIVITY AND SATISFACTION WHILE WORKING REMOTELY

How Covid-19 should impact performance reviews

01-June-2020

How Covid-19 should impact performance reviews

Whether it’s in a formal review or a simple weekly or monthly check-in with their manager, employees want more feedback on their performance. According to a Joblist study, nearly 60% of employees said getting feedback on a regular basis is very motivating. When a team is remote, however, it can be harder to accurately measure activity and results. Should performance reviews be put on hold during COVID-19? Read more

“A lot of employees are missing real-time feedback,” she says. “A lack of immediate access to a manager increases the need for organizations to put these types of mechanics in place to force them to happen versus organically.”

Why empathy is key as employees return to workplaces

29-May-2020

Why empathy is key as employees return to workplaces

HR needs to be ready to deal with fear, depression, and other challenges. As employees return to the workplace, profit and productivity aren’t the only concerns on their employers’ minds. The mental health of workers ranks high on everyone’s list; some employees will be fearful to return because they have no idea what will meet them at the door. Read more

“These times require a greater deal of flexibility from leaders and HR teams than has ever been warranted in the past,” says Kris Meade, partner, chair of the labor and employment practice at Crowell & Moring global law firm.

Who thrives and who just survives working in the new normal?

28-May-2020

Who thrives and who just survives working in the new normal?

A new survey from Hibob reveals what determines productivity and satisfaction: It is based on an employee's position in a company, living situation, and gender. As US employees round out the third month of working from home, a new Hibob survey found that 37% believe that they are just as productive at home as they would be in a traditional office environment.  Read more

"The results of this survey were definitely surprising, but also understandable when looked at holistically and in line with potential determining factors," said Rhiannon Staples, chief marketing officer, Hibob

People working from home are just as productive

26-May-2020

People working from home are just as productive

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, most companies have shifted to having employees working at home. For some that is ideal, for others, the lack of human contact can be depressing. It’s a double-edged sword in many ways -- you want people around but enjoy being home.

There is some good news for employers though -- new research released by Hibob finds that people working from home are just as productive as they were in the office.

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"This survey found that women and people who live with others are the most productive. It also revealed that managers are performing best whereas individual team members are struggling with remote work."

Working Mothers Prove to Be More Efficient While Working Remotely, Finds Hibob

27-MAY-2020

Working Mothers Prove to Be More Efficient While Working Remotely, Finds Hibob

With the changing workplace scenario, Hibob surveyed 1,000 full-time employees to find out who is thriving in this change and proving more productive

When the entire world is dealing with the COVID-19 crisis and remote work has become the new normal, Hibob has revealed the results of its recent workplace survey that unveils employees’ take on remote work. The study not only reveals that most of the employees feel as productive working from home as in the office, but it also shows that the productivity of the employees is directly related to their designation, living scenario, and gender.

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Working Mothers Are More Productive While Working Remotely 87% of this group is comfortable balancing their professional and personal lives