Archive for June, 2020

Strength in Compliance: Changes to Title VII

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Title VII prohibits discrimination by employers against individuals based on color, nationality, race, religion, and sex. On June 15th, this important employment legislation grew to include members of the LGBTQ+ community. The much-anticipated change clarified that the definition of sex under Title VII includes sexual orientation and gender identity, fundamentally adding protections to ensure that individuals are treated equally in terms of employment, including hiring, firing, laying off, training, or disciplining. The ruling specifically addresses ending unlawful terminations based on sexual orientation or gender identity; this was the case brought to the Supreme Court. That said, the ruling means much…

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Encouraging Time Off in the Age of COVD

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Studies consistently show that unplugging from work does wonders for job performance, job satisfaction, and individual mental health, but all too often it seems impossible to unplug from work. Last year, 30% of American employees reported a reluctance to take time off, saying they feared that it would negatively affect raises, promotions, or their perceived productivity at work. Employers understand that this is often an unnecessary concern, but it can, unfortunately, be perpetrated by your company culture. Moving to remote working happened rapidly and while ultimately it will likely have a positive impact on American workers and organizations, the stress…

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COVID’s Impact to Organizational Culture

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COVID-19 has forced companies to change and adapt in unexpected ways. Communication has become more important and more difficult, technology has taken on unexpected roles, and remote work has become the norm. Our work-lives have changed, and with that our organizational cultures have shifted. While it can be intimidating to imagine a post-COVID workplace, we remain optimistic about the impacts it will have on organizational cultures across the nation. HR professionals and leaders should view the challenges they have faced as an opportunity to adapt and grow. While changes were perhaps not anticipated, COVID-19 has offered an opportunity for organizations…

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Hiring in a COVID World

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The world of human resources has not stopped in the face of COVID-19; for many of us, it’s business as (almost) usual. As we adapt to working from home and using new technologies, businesses have continued to seek new talent, are recruiting, and hiring much like before the pandemic struck. Despite best efforts, traditional recruitment methods aren’t having the same results they once did. Many organizations are seeing the use of ATS systems and traditional interview tactics fall short of expectations. Despite the frustrations that come with remote recruitment, there is a silver lining. In the face of unexpected challenges,…

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