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Is Your Workplace Ready for Generation Z?

Pew Research Center defines Generation Z as anyone born in or after 1997. That means this generation is just now beginning to enter the workforce, with more to come as college-bound Gen Zers begin to graduate. What do employers need to know as members of this generation come knocking? 1: They are not just digital[…]

Age Discrimination 101: What You Need to Know

Age discrimination is more common than most people probably realize, with reported instances likely dwarfed by incidents no one ever hears about. Acting EEOC chair Victoria Lipnic says, “Like harassment, everyone knows it happens every day to workers in all kinds of jobs, but few speak up. It’s an open secret.” It’s also against the law.[…]

Design Thinking 102: How to ‘Design’ Employee Experience

Design thinking is an idea that’s been gaining traction in HR circles. At heart, it means designing an employee experience that promotes engagement, satisfaction, loyalty, and productivity. Further, a well-designed employee experience can improve your employer brand, strengthening your ability to attract star talent. As consultancy firm Willis Towers Watson puts it, “Design thinking approaches products[…]

How Parental Leave in the U.S. Compares Internationally

According to Pew Research, the U.S. stands alone among developed nations in its parental leave policies. Compared to 41 of the world’s largest nations, only the U.S. mandates no paid parental leave at all. The next lowest nation – New Zealand – mandates 8 weeks of parental leave. Estonia, by contrast, requires over a year[…]

How to Deal with Narcissists in the Workplace

As any employer knows, workplaces mix all kinds of personalities together. When hiring, employers hope to find the right personalities to catalyze success and productivity. Unfortunately, that’s not always how it works, and sometimes individuals who are disruptive, dysfunctional, or toxic can find their way into the workplace. Narcissists are an excellent example: their behavior[…]

HR Risk Management Part 1: The HR Risks That Need to Be Managed

Risk is intrinsic to business (and life). Even if you closed your business down today, you wouldn’t totally escape the risks; your former risks would simply morph into new ones. At heart, a risk is anything that can go wrong, and many businesses underestimate their HR-related risks. According to consultancy group EY: “HR risks continue[…]

The Crazy, Quirky Perks Major Employers Offer Today

Most organizations offer employee benefits to remain competitive in the labor market: two-thirds of businesses cite difficulty in recruiting as a reason for increasing benefit offerings, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s 2018 Employee Benefits Report. You’re probably already familiar with the usual suspects (retirement plans, health insurance coverage, etc.). Well, some employers[…]

11 Facts About Turnover

Turnover is a serious problem for many organizations. Losing employees means employers must search for, find, hire, onboard, and train a replacement – all tasks that cost money and time. In the meantime, productivity and possibly revenue may suffer. Turnover can also affect morale and engagement among remaining workers, which in turn can affect their[…]

Emerging Skills FAQ

What are emerging skills? The world of work is in constant flux. As technology evolves and new trends develop, employers in all industries can find that their continued success relies on new and emerging skillsets. For example, Uber and other ride-sharing services may not have “killed” the traditional taxi market – despite steep falls in[…]

How to Benchmark Your Benefits in Two Steps

Are you staying competitive in the employment marketplace by offering the benefits everyone else does? Do you stand out? Can you still attract top talent even if you drop an expensive benefits program? The process of comparing your benefits programs to other employers in your field is called benchmarking, and it’s a hugely important and[…]