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How HR Has Changed During the Pandemic

13 April 2021

How HR Has Changed During the Pandemic

Author: Linda Olejniczak

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.

Employers Facilitating Employee Vaccinations and Making Plans for Return to Office

30 March 2021

Employers Facilitating Employee Vaccinations and Making Plans for Return to Office

Author: Heather Nezich

U.S. employers are taking measures to make vaccines more accessible to their employees and encouraging them to get inoculated, according to a new survey by Willis Towers Watson. Another survey by Challenger, Gray & Christmas shows that companies are developing, implementing, and clarifying plans to bring their employees back to the office.

Is the Impact of the Pandemic on Women Widening the Gender Gap?

23 March 2021

Is the Impact of the Pandemic on Women Widening the Gender Gap?

Author: Heather Nezich

Much research has shown that the pandemic has greatly affected women in the workplace.  Many have left the workforce to home school or supervise their children’s online education. New research by Perceptyx shows that the pandemic continues to affect women’s careers at a fast pace.

Zoom Fatigue is Real – Learn How to Avoid It

2 March 2021

Zoom Fatigue is Real – Learn How to Avoid It

Author: Heather Nezich

A recent EPTW poll showed that 61% of respondents were feeling zoom fatigue, and now there is research to confirm that it’s real.  Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab (VHIL) examined the psychological consequences of spending hours per day on video platforms and found that video calls are tiring people out – creating zoom fatigue.

How to Boost Employee Well-Being in an Age of Uncertainty

23 February 2021

How to Boost Employee Well-Being in an Age of Uncertainty

Author: Heather Nezich

One of ASE’s wellness partners, BurnAlong, recently partnered with hr.research Institute to conduct a survey, “The State of Employee Health and Well-being 2021.” The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted employee well-being and employers must react.

Employee Wellbeing a Top Priority for Businesses

16 February 2021

Employee Wellbeing a Top Priority for Businesses

Author: Jason Rowe

Corporate wellness, while always an important part of the workplace experience, has recently become crucial to maintaining high employee morale. Nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more employees are counting on wellness programs to help them cope with the everyday stresses that life offers, and, in turn, more and more organizations are stepping up to the plate.

COVID-19 Accelerates Workplace Wellness Trends

19 January 2021

COVID-19 Accelerates Workplace Wellness Trends

Author: Heather Nezich

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted important areas of health that were being ignored for too long, such as mental and emotional wellbeing. These areas have been drawn to the forefront for employers.

Low-cost Ideas for Workplace Wellness Initiatives

21 December 2020

Low-cost Ideas for Workplace Wellness Initiatives

Author: Alec Jones

2020 wasn’t the easiest year for the workplace, to say the least! With the stress of a global pandemic and an economic downturn, it's more critical now than ever that workplace wellness programs are provided.

Categories: Workforce Trends
Emoji Use in Business Communication – The New Norm?

15 December 2020

Emoji Use in Business Communication – The New Norm?

Author: Heather Nezich

It might come as a surprise, but research reveals that emoji are fast becoming a staple in business communications, enhancing employee engagement, speeding interactions, and reducing conflict. 

Remote Hiring is Here to Stay

15 December 2020

Remote Hiring is Here to Stay

Author: Sheila Hoover

2020 brought Human Resources a multitude of unprecedented issues to manage with the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left many HR leaders with a bit of trepidation as we look to 2021.  What will go back to normal, what will change, and what will stay the same?  In other words, what’s next?

Resources for Working Parents During COVID-19

8 December 2020

Resources for Working Parents During COVID-19

Author: Linda Olejniczak

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.

Survey Shows That Michigan is More Optimistic About Future Economic Conditions Than the Nation Overall

1 December 2020

Survey Shows That Michigan is More Optimistic About Future Economic Conditions Than the Nation Overall

Author: Kevin Marrs

In the just released 2021 National Business Trends Survey from the Employer Associations of America (EAA), 44% of executives expect the overall outlook for the 2021 economy to be improving. This annual survey shares information on what executives nationally are doing to address the changing business climate. Survey responses also reflect the impact COVID-19 has had on this year’s business trends.

Managing Working Parents

1 December 2020

Managing Working Parents

Author: Anthony Kaylin

According to the latest U.S. Census report on employment characteristics on families, of the nation's 82.6 million families, 33.4 million families, or two-fifths of all families, included children under age 18. At least one parent was employed in 91.3% of families with children.  Among married-couple families with children, 97.5% had at least one employed parent in 2019, and 64.2% had both parents employed.

Survey Identifies the Impact of Employee Financial Stress on the Workplace

1 December 2020

Survey Identifies the Impact of Employee Financial Stress on the Workplace

Author: Heather Nezich

As companies make their employee benefit decisions for the new year, HR leaders and benefit brokers are focused on the new realities of the ongoing pandemic and its effect on the workplace. Purchasing Power®, a voluntary benefit company, surveyed HR professionals and benefit brokers to assess the impact that both COVID-19 and financial stress is having on workforces.

Holiday Ideas for Spirited Festive Fun In 2020

24 November 2020

Holiday Ideas for Spirited Festive Fun In 2020

Author: Linda Olejniczak

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.

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