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Telecommuting: A Must in the 21st Century

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Over the last two decades, the number of knowledge workers in the American workforce has grown and an astounding rate. With them, this new generation of workers brought creativity, insight, and change. Unlike traditional workers, they only need access to information and the space to be creative in order to thrive. As the number of knowledge workers has grown, so has the number companies utilizing telecommuting. Research shows that telecommuting increases employee morale and productivity by as much as 80%, while decreasing stress, absenteeism, and the negative effects commutes have on the environment. In order to keep up with modern…

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Employee Nourishment: Feedback

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From an informal ‘well done’ to a performance review, feedback is the key to growth for your employees and ultimately your organization. Employees not only value feedback from their supervisors but, when it is given in a consistent, kind, and constructive way, it results in increased productivity and job satisfaction. So, how do you, as a leader or manager, best give feedback? Studies reinforce the value of feedback and how employees respond to both positive and negative interactions with management. Employees react up to six times more strongly to negative interactions with their supervisors, and this is especially true when…

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Protect Your Employees From Identity Theft

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In today’s world, it’s not uncommon for everyone to feel some level of concern surrounding identity theft. Headlines regularly tell of individuals who have fallen victim or large corporations that have experienced massive data breaches. To combat the concern and the reality of identity theft, many corporations are turning to offering identity theft protection benefits for their employees. Not only does it make benefits more competitive and attractive, it has real world benefits for both employee and employer. Identity theft protection is assurance that if any of your employees experience a breach, their money and ‘digital reputation’ are safeguarded. Ongoing…

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Pay Transparency — It’s the Way to Go

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Pay fairness, or the perception of fairness, is often cited as the reason employees choose to work for or leave a company. While it may seem like enough to provide competitive salaries and benefits packages, studies consistently show that pay transparency may be the key to successful recruitment and retention. Companies like Whole Foods and Uber are well known for their implementation of pay transparency practices and the positive impact they have had on employee satisfaction, organizational loyalty, and productivity. These companies may take it to the extreme, providing complete transparency with individual salaries, but the success of implementing some…

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Demote or Terminate?

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Poor performance or unprofessional behavior in an employee is never an easy issue for supervisors. We value our employees and want to see them succeed, but having an employee that causes disruption creates a stressful and unpleasant situation for everyone involved. In situations like these, often a line is drawn; consequences are inevitable and the question becomes: demote or terminate? Studies show that 52% of demoted employees will leave their organization within a year but in some cases demotion, retraining, etc. may have a positive effect. The best way to avoid having to terminate or demote employees is to promote…

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The Keys to Employee Development

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Building the perfect team for your organization is challenging; keeping that team engaged, productive, and growing can be even more difficult.  Studies show that 70% of Americans feel stagnant in their current position and plan to seek positions elsewhere in order to ensure their own professional development. While setting aside time to understand and implement employee development strategies can be difficult, it is key in retaining the best and brightest employees. Employee development planning is an opportunity to empower individual growth that is in line with future organizational goals. It not only allows you the opportunity to improve retention, organizational…

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Blockchain – Revolutionizing HR

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Blockchain (cryptocurrency like bitcoin, etc.) has been one of the most talked about technological advancements in recent years.  Discussions range from investments in different types of digital currency to how it will affect human resources and modern employment processes.  Quite a few global tech savvy companies have reported completely revamping their systems to accommodate the growing blockchain technology. With new technology comes challenges; understanding and implementing new processes can be a challenge, especially with something as new as blockchain. Blockchain is essentially a decentralized database where exchanges can be made (of data, money, information, etc.) without the involvement of a…

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Overcoming Unconscious Bias with Blind Hiring

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Unconscious bias is an issue that plagues organizations in every industry, unintentionally preventing diversity and keeping out the creativity that leads to organizational success. To avoid this, some companies are turning to blind hiring. Blind hiring offers a way to avoid unintentional bias, creating the opportunity to hire the most qualified staff, increase diversity, and bring in new and creative ideas. Blind hiring is the process of removing any and all identifying or classifying information from candidates’ applications. Studies show that employers often, sometimes unconsciously, favor applicants from specific backgrounds. In addition to being discriminatory, this can hurt diversity and…

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Employment Laws You Need to Know

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It’s important that leaders and managers are familiar with federal, state, and local employment law. After all, these laws inform your policy and procedure, and understanding of them keeps your organization compliant and employees happy. That said, memorizing every employment law is impossible and as the saying goes ‘you do not need to know everything, you just need to know where to find it.’ While every employment law is important, here are eight key laws you should hit when trying to broaden your knowledge of employment regulation. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 This federal law protects…

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Finding Meaning In Employee Recognition

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The goal of employee recognition is to reinforce positive behaviors, praise individual contributions, and create a more productive workplace. The regular use of employee recognition not only increases productivity but also trust, job satisfaction, and organizational loyalty. No matter how you approach employee recognition and rewards, it is essential to employee tenure and your organization’s success. A 2017 study of the American workforce found that only 1/3 of employees found meaning in their work, and of that third 93% reported regular recognition in their organization. The other 2/3 of American employees reported little to no recognition in their organization within…

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