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Getting the Most out of Your EAP

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In the United States, job-related stress is the leading workplace health problem. Employers across the country have attempted to mitigate costs and decrease burnout for their employees by implementing Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs). EAPs can help employees manage stress, find resources for financial struggles, or gain access to tools that can improve self-care or help with mental illness treatment. Studies show that effective use of an EAP can improve an employee’s productivity and decrease medical costs, saving organizations well over $1,000 per employee but employees do not seem to be using them. According to research done on the use of…

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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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The Post-COVID Office: Still A Bit of a Mystery

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Many of us are eager to get out of the house and back to the office, and with many states entering the next phase of reopening, it looks like that may become a possibility. While we may be going back to work, without a vaccine, things are likely to be drastically different when we return. Employers are working hard to find solutions to keep the office space productive, happy, and safe. This goes beyond the now-expected health screenings and temperature checks to implementing social distancing in new ways and finding opportunities to promote hygiene around the office. So, what will…

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Recalling Employees After Furlough or Layoff

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COVID-19 put small businesses across the country between a rock and a hard place; many organizations were forced to lay off or furlough employees to keep their companies afloat through unprecedented times. Now, thanks to the Payroll Protection Program and others loan and grant programs, organizations can recall some, if not all, of their employees. This new terrain can be difficult to navigate, and having a clear plan in place for step-by-step recall of employees is important. Ideally, policies and procedures surrounding the recall of your employees exist as a part of your organization’s layoff and/or furloughing procedures. These policies…

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What Does Employment Look Like After COVID-19?

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COVID-19 has changed much about our world, creating unanticipated economic struggles and shifts in culture on a personal, social, and organizational level. While we are all eager to return to the way things were, the changes sparked by the global pandemic may be more permanent than we think. Businesses have been forced to evaluate the way that they run, from the division of labor to the necessity of being in the office. More than 83% of employers are reporting adjustments to the way their business operates and with many employees succeeding in remote work, some are re-evaluating whether employees need…

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Making Virtual Meetings Work for You

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COVID-19 has pushed the American workforce into a digital world; from in-person to entirely virtual interactions. While navigating this new environment can seem challenging, maintaining communication with your team is essential for keeping up productivity and employee satisfaction. Fortunately, there are a plethora of options out there for maintaining communication and holding virtual meetings. From Skype for Business to options like Zoom, there are options for every type of business, making it easy to find a solution that fits your needs and your company culture. No matter what solution you decide on, learning to navigate and manage virtual meetings can…

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Layoff or Furlough? Decreasing Costs During COVID-19

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COVID-19 has forced organizations to downsize across the United States. In the face of diminishing revenue, organizations from massive corporations to small businesses have been faced with the task of cutting costs. For many, this means making the decision to either furlough or lay off employees. No matter what decision you make, it has a substantial impact on both the organization and your employees. We can’t suggest one over the other, but we do stress the importance of understanding the difference and how each will impact you, your organization, and your employees. A layoff is a complete, though sometimes temporary,…

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