Voluntary benefits are services or products offered by employers, often at discounted rates, as a perk of employment. Employers can provide benefits that employees want, while employees will have a variety of insurance options available in one convenient place and as the name implies, it is optional to purchase.
Recognizing when an employee is experiencing a mental health crisis can be challenging, as employees may not always feel comfortable disclosing their mental health concerns. However, there are some signs and symptoms that employers and managers can look out for.
It just takes one bad apple…so the saying goes. One negative employee can have a significant impact on the work environment and the morale of other employees. Here are some ways in which a negative employee can affect work:
Remote work offers companies and employees more flexibility. We’re no longer limited by geography. Technology makes it easy to collaborate across the entire country. However, the complex issues that arise with out-of-state employees can be a barrier to nationwide hiring practices—and failure to comply can result in large fines and fees.
One of the hardest things about getting feedback is not reacting defensively. Defensiveness in the face of criticism is a perfectly natural response. The quote, “listen to learn, not to react” is a great standard to live by.
Are your employees passionate about a cause or do they want to volunteer at their kids’ reading day for an hour? Then it’s time you look at offering VTO – Volunteer Time Off. It is proven to improve employee engagement and productivity. It is also great for your brand.
So, your nonprofit employee also wants to volunteer at your nonprofit? It can be done, but employers must make sure they don’t violate the law.
Adulting is not always fun. Instead of dealing with zoom meetings, deadlines, and endless emails, recess and taking naps seems like a far better deal.
Organizations faced hard decisions in Q4, and the downsizing continues into 2023. The question now is who the lucky ones really are. The employees who are left or the ones that got the ax?
The layoff tidal wave is growing. The downsizing of Q4 continues into the new year as companies slash staff. This is the last thing employers and employees want to see happen. It means financial uncertainty for all parties involved. The reality is that sometimes these measures must be taken. Let’s define the differences, the pros, and cons.
Updating your employee handbook is a critical annual initiative for an HR department. It ensures compliance with industry standards and federal and state laws.
DEI initiatives have stalled for a second year according to the McLean & Company HR Trends 2023 survey results. In our work helping companies develop roadmaps for DEI, a handful of key areas lacking:
With February 20, 2023, nearing and uncertainty of the appeal, consider preparing now for the Michigan Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Law by taking the following three steps:
Presenteeism is when employees come into work even when they have a justifiable reason to be absent, such as a physical or mental illness. Absenteeism occurs when employees don't show up for work. Presenteeism is largely an issue of workplace culture. Take the right steps to combat presenteeism at your organization.
November is the best month to plan and prepare for the new year. December is consumed by holidays, parties, and things winding down. January tends to find people hibernating, lower energy, and not picking up the pace until the month is almost over. November is the best time to set clear goals for hitting the ground running in 2023.
Many organizations have had to adjust their return to office plans due to employees revolting. Rather than compete with the home office, try embracing it by creating an office that builds off of what your employees love about working from home.
Businesses, both large and small, are increasingly reliant on the internet for daily operations, creating attractive and potentially lucrative targets for cyber criminals. As a new era of work from anywhere is ushered in, traditional in-office firewalls don’t work. A cyber attack can cripple any size company.
Having employee resource groups (ERGs) in your workplace can benefit both the well-being of your individual employees and your business as a whole. Some of the key benefits include:
Creating an inclusive and engaging company culture requires strategic planning. No matter the size or your company this can be difficult to achieve. Add in a hybrid or fully remote workforce and the challenge just became bigger.
To prepare for open enrollment, group health plan sponsors should be aware of the legal changes affecting the design and administration of their plans for plan years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2023. Employers should review their plan documents to confirm that they include these required changes.
There is no doubt about the importance of a strong HR team to an organization. The role of HR in the future of work will be to usher in the organization’s new initiatives that include employer branding, agility, and innovation. Hierarchy will flatten out and managers will coach teams that can make fast decisions. Utilization of data and continuous learning will drive innovation.
Inclusive forms and paperwork are an important part of LGBTQ-affirming organizational culture. Not only will inclusive forms allow your organization to capture the most accurate information, but they also serve as “markers” for people exploring your organization. Forms, paperwork, and applications send strong messaging around who is welcome and counted in your culture.
Microsoft TEAMS offers an extensive selection of apps that provide tools and services that your organization could use daily.
According to a recent research survey of more than 2,000 global workers and interviews with over 50 global leaders by Ryan Jenkins, workplace loneliness expert, addressing workplace loneliness boils down to the following five things.
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