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Flex Schedules and Remote Working, Part 2: The Challenges Facing Employers

In part 1 of this series, examining the advantages and disadvantages of flexible work options, including flex scheduling and remote working, we assessed the evidence-based benefits employers can potentially accrue. But flex work options are not a slam-dunk in all situations. Specific challenges and disadvantages can undermine potential rewards, and employers need to understand what[…]

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[…]

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:[…]

Time Off Programs: Separate Categories for Paid Sick & Vacation Leave or a Single PTO Bank?

The U.S. federal government does not mandate that employers offer either Paid Time Off or paid sick leave. “The United States is the only advanced economy in the world that does not guarantee its workers paid vacation days and paid holidays,” says John Schmitt, Vice President of the Economic Policy Institute, in a report for[…]

Stay off the HR Naughty List, with These 5 Office Holiday Party Tips

Holiday parties are incredibly common events in the workplace, with nearly 80% of employers hosting them, according to a survey by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. But should they be so popular? Employees, for their part, are lukewarm on them. One survey found that only 36% of employees would describe company holiday parties as fun,[…]

HR Risk Management Part 4: How to Spot the Risks You Don’t Even Know to Think About

In our first post in this risk management series, we discussed how important it is to identify HR-specific risks. Then, in our next post, we laid out the three foundational steps to managing those risks. But comprehensively protecting against HR risks requires ongoing monitoring, which we covered in our third post in the series. Today,[…]

The 3 Keys to Hiring Seasonal Workers When Unemployment Is Below 4%

It’s that most wonderful time of year: the race to staff up with seasonal holiday workers. Every year, hiring reaches new heights during the holiday season. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms that employment surges during the holiday months: “Employment in the retail trade industry typically rises in the final months of the year,[…]

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