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Gratitude in the Workplace

23 November 2021

Gratitude in the Workplace

Author: Linda Olejniczak

There is always something to be grateful for.  Whether this time of year has you pondering gratitude or pumpkin pie, there is only one that is beneficial to your overall health and organization year-round.  Sorry, it is not the pie.

Half of U.S. Workers Say Pandemic Triggered Change in Personal Priorities

16 November 2021

Half of U.S. Workers Say Pandemic Triggered Change in Personal Priorities

Author: Heather Nezich

More than half of the U.S. workforce is burnt out, with younger workers feeling the most strain, at 62%. As the workforce shortage continues and quit rates reach historic levels, more than one-third of the workforce plans to leave their job in the next 12 months. More than half of workers polled (51%) say the pandemic has triggered a re-evaluation of their personal priorities.  Is this what has led to the great resignation?
Do You Have a Gaslighting Manager?

9 November 2021

Do You Have a Gaslighting Manager?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Have you ever had a manager that promotes your work, tells you all the right things, and generally is positive to your face, but then you find out the manager badmouths you to others, takes credit for your ideas, and essentially freezes you out from key meetings and conversations?  That is a gaslighting manager.  Gaslighting is a form of psychological abuse where a person will say and do things and later deny they ever happened. They will undermine you, manipulate you, and later...
Employee Resilience is Dependent Upon Employer Support

6 October 2021

Employee Resilience is Dependent Upon Employer Support

Author: Heather Nezich

As the pandemic continues to unfold, the ability of employers to have a positive impact on employee health and resiliency cannot be understated according to a recent Mercer Survey, Health on Demand.

How to Have a Successful Open Enrollment – Communicate!

28 September 2021

How to Have a Successful Open Enrollment – Communicate!

Author: Linda Olejniczak

Typically, HR coordinates open enrollment communications for most organizations, but the communications department should play a vital role. If your employees don’t understand their options, it doesn’t matter how competitive the benefit packages are.  With remote workers and plenty of distractions in your employees’ daily lives, most employees are confused.  According to a recent Voya survey, 66% of workers want a better explanation of their benefits. ...
Think Harassment Isn’t Happening at Your Organization?  Maybe it Just Isn’t Being Reported.

21 September 2021

Think Harassment Isn’t Happening at Your Organization? Maybe it Just Isn’t Being Reported.

Author: Heather Nezich

From sexual harassment to discrimination to power abuse, harassment affects more than just a handful of employees. Harassment deteriorates culture and morale and can lead to psychological discomfort, leaving a job, or lawsuits. Why is this happening? And how can organizations work to prevent harassment before it begins, or hear about issues when they arise?
The Future of Work – Employer/Employee Compromise Will be Key

14 September 2021

The Future of Work – Employer/Employee Compromise Will be Key

Author: Heather Nezich

A new report from Arizent, The Future of Work: Employers, Employees, and the Long Road to Compromise, reveals that employers and employees don’t agree on what the new normal looks like.  To move forward, each side will have to compromise.

The Great Divide – Six Gaps Between Leader and Employee Sentiment on Employee Experience

10 August 2021

The Great Divide – Six Gaps Between Leader and Employee Sentiment on Employee Experience

Author: Heather Nezich

The 2021 Gartner Hybrid Work Employee Survey of 4,000 employees in January 2021 revealed six perception gaps that employers must resolve in order to improve the employee experience and therefore engagement. As employers implement their future of work strategies, including decisions around hybrid work, employers must take a close look at these perception gaps between employees and leadership.

Transitioning From Remote to Office Work

3 August 2021

Transitioning From Remote to Office Work

Author: Linda Olejniczak

As employees transition back to the office, they will experience a “re-entry” phase, during which both employees and employers will need to adjust and adapt. This “re-entry” phase is also known as reverse culture shock, a term originally used to describe the impact of returning home from a long period abroad.

Workplace Reopening FAQs – Employee Conflict Around COVID

3 August 2021

Workplace Reopening FAQs – Employee Conflict Around COVID

Author: Heather Nezich

As the COVID-19 pandemic enters a new phase and employees return to the workplace, some employers may need to face controversial issues regarding vaccinated and unvaccinated employees. Below are some considerations, provided by Ogletree Deakins, for employers as they take steps to prevent or resolve workplace disagreements regarding vaccines and other workplace safety measures to help employees focus on work.

Re-entering Society and the Workplace – Lessons from NASA

8 June 2021

Re-entering Society and the Workplace – Lessons from NASA

Author: Heather Nezich

We’ve all lived like astronauts for the past year and a half – we’ve been physically isolated from family and friends, our home was also our workplace, and we were surrounded by an unsafe environment (COVID-19). Astronauts train for this, we have not.

How to Create Return to Work Excitement

8 June 2021

How to Create Return to Work Excitement

Author: Linda Olejniczak

A successful return to work plan is based on trust, mutual understanding, and of course, providing an environment that appeals to your workforce. How do you create excitement around returning to work when a majority of your staff may want to remain remote?

Employee Communication – Why It’s Important and How to Succeed at It

1 June 2021

Employee Communication – Why It’s Important and How to Succeed at It

Author: Heather Nezich

There is a huge gap between the importance and the effectiveness of employee communication in today's workplace. According to a new report, The State of Employee Communications 2021 by the HR Research Institute, 88% of HR professionals say employee communication is extremely or very important to success in their organizations.  However, only 30% indicate employee communication is highly or very highly effective.

Uncertainty Breeds Anxiety

30 March 2021

Uncertainty Breeds Anxiety

Author: Linda Olejniczak

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. 

Post COVID Pandemic Employee Handbook Policies

23 February 2021

Post COVID Pandemic Employee Handbook Policies

Author: Michael Burns

One (or two) questions that have been brought to ASE by employers when requesting a review of their employee handbook over the last year has been, do we need a COVID-19 policy? And/or what other policies do I need to have in place given the pandemic?
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