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What Science Says about Leaders: A Brief Survey of Research into Leadership

Leadership is a surprisingly scarce and valuable resource in the business world, and most businesses are very concerned with finding or developing good leaders in their organization. But what is a “good” leader? What qualities define them? What’s the difference in the workplace between a “good” leader and a mediocre one? Thanks to their importance,[…]

Three Best Practices to Prevent Presenteeism

Presenteeism – when employees show up to work when they shouldn’t – is the flip side of absenteeism, and it’s just as corrosive to productivity and worker morale. Typically, presenteeism refers to workers who are actively sick and potentially contagious. At best, they’ll be unproductive. At worst, they’ll spread their illness around the workplace, causing[…]

Q&A: How to Handle Workplace Relationships

It should come as no surprise to employers that the workplace can facilitate more than just business relationships. It turns out it’s also a great place to spark romance. “Colleagues start with something huge in common, which is the work,” says Susan Heathfield, a management and organization development consultant. “They tend to be educated about[…]

HR Outsourcing Trends for 2020

In our series on the outlook for 2020, we’ve identified the biggest HR trends, like workplace flexibility and an evolving role for HR organizations; and we’ve discussed some of the biggest issues facing small businesses, like recruitment challenges. But what about HR outsourcing trends specifically? What’s new or important for companies that outsource some or[…]

3 Issues Facing Small Businesses in 2020, and How HR Outsourcing Can Help

We recently outlined the biggest HR trends for 2020, noting how HR’s role is shifting (from transactional to advisory), how businesses are adapting (emphasizing employee experience and workplace flexibility), and what challenges are looming (hiring and skills development). But what are the trends and challenges facing small employers specifically? Recruiting Remains A Major Challenge The[…]

Flex Schedules and Remote Working, Part 1: The Evidence-Based Advantages for Employers

Flexible work options, including flexible work schedules and remote working, have only grown more common over the past few years. The 2019 Global Talent Trends Report from LinkedIn, for example, notes a 78% increase in the mention of “workplace flexibility” in job posts since 2016. But while it’s easy to understand what makes flex working[…]

6 Facts to Shine Light on the Importance of Careful Job Screening

In a world in which many job candidates will do whatever it takes to get in the door – including lie, cheat, and steal – employers must exercise extreme caution and care during the recruitment process. Background screening is an important element of performing due diligence on potential hires, but many employers may not realize[…]

Top 5 HR Trends for 2020

1) Workplace flexibility continues to grow in importance. In the 2019 Global Talent Trends Report from LinkedIn, nearly three-quarters (72%) of talent professionals say that workplace flexibility – including flexible work schedules and remote working options – will be “extremely important in shaping the future of recruiting and talent.” Employers are certainly highlighting it more:[…]