11 May 2021
To say things have changed in the workplace is an understatement. Make sure your benefits and programs have kept up. Here are total rewards trends to consider for your organization this year.
27 April 2021
Whether working remote or in person chances are you have too many meetings. It is how we collaborate, manage projects, and get work done. On average each of us are in 62 unproductive meetings per month which equals one whole week. The side effects include lost productivity, burnout, overworked employees, and wasted time. Not to mention employees are working at night and on the weekends to make up those hours. Employees do not get time to put their head down and...
13 April 2021
The pandemic has created drastic changes for organizations and HR departments. Certain aspects of work that were deemed trends or labeled the future of work are now happening and look like they are here to stay. Let’s examine how HR has changed during the pandemic.
30 March 2021
Think of one word to define the last year…uncertainty. We all know what uncertainty brings on…anxiety. Each week we do not know what will come next, and that is taking a toll on our workforce’s mental health.
16 March 2021
Is your organization prepared for the worst-case talent scenarios? Do you have a plan to transfer knowledge of your leaders at all levels? Have you identified high performers who can move into these roles? If not, you need a succession plan.
2 March 2021
The remote work experiment is soon to become the return-to-work (RTW) experiment. Reacclimating back to an on-site workforce will present an enormous change. Returning to the workplace could mean recalling furloughed employees, transitioning away from mandatory remote work, or ramping back up toward full productivity. Maybe all three. Help your workforce make the psychological shift back. Management teams should lead with empathy and demonstrate an understanding that while...
16 February 2021
In a recent ASE Member discussion, members talked about how they miss the unplanned interactions in the office. These often become the starting point for solving problems and getting work done. Studies have shown that the amount of time spent planning projects and communicating effectively for a virtual team is at least double what it is for an in‐person team. How can your virtual team mimic that informal talk in the lunchroom or catching someone in the hallway?
2 February 2021
The EEOC affirmed on 12/16/20 that businesses and employers may require employees to receive a vaccination as a condition of continued employment and can require proof of COVID-19 vaccination. While the news about the COVID-19 vaccines presents a light at the end of the tunnel, our journey is not over. A recent article in SmartBrief presents a set of challenges for employer-employee communications. It has as many questions as answers.
19 January 2021
Ready to join those elite 8% of people who successfully hit their goals? Where do you want to see your department at the end of 2021? Writing your goals does not have to be difficult. Base them on intention. If circumstances change, simply modify your goals.
5 January 2021
Do you start your day sitting quietly, taking a few deep breaths? Mindfulness practitioners know the importance of recharging to regain productivity. Mindfulness practices of reflection, openness, and thoughtfulness will have a positive impact on employees and the bottom line.
8 December 2020
Have you heard this saying about the pandemic, “We are all in the same storm but in different boats?” For most of us, our boat took a turn recently when many schools went back to virtual. I think it is safe to say we all are over COVID. For working parents, this has created even more challenges. Kids that were in face-to-face school are now virtual again, which means making more adjustments to daily routines.
24 November 2020
Office parties are so last year. Planning an office party in 2020 is not an easy task. Its time to think of alternatives to the annual event. Your employees will appreciate any effort you take to make the office holiday party one they look forward to, even if it is through a Zoom call. They deserve it, after all, 2020 has been quite a year.
10 November 2020
Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders were declared unconstitutional by the Michigan Supreme Court (MSC) in October. Soon the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued emergency orders and Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) issued emergency rules governing workplace safety. It is important to know what changed and what stayed the same.
27 October 2020
Human Experience Management (HXM) is on the rise. We are all in this big experiment of remote work, return to work, and being an essential worksite. Employees expect and need more than pay and benefits. They want experiences. Their experience involves the technology they use, company culture, agility, and employee development and growth opportunities.
13 October 2020
In today's constant state of change, we are all looking for ways to grow, adapt, and remain resilient amid uncertainty. A growth mindset thrives on change, challenges, and sees failure as an acceptable part of an organization’s culture and a springboard for growth and developing skills and abilities. A fixed mindset stresses that risk should be avoided, and failure is not an option. 2020 is a growth mindset kind of year. It has presented organizations with multiple...