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Uncertainty Can Trigger Furloughs and Layoffs

31 January 2023

Uncertainty Can Trigger Furloughs and Layoffs

Author: Linda Olejniczak

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.

Does Your Handbook Need a 2023 Refresh?

17 January 2023

Does Your Handbook Need a 2023 Refresh?

Author: Linda Olejniczak

Updating your employee handbook is a critical annual initiative for an HR department.  It ensures compliance with industry standards and federal and state laws.  

Making Space for DEI

3 January 2023

Making Space for DEI

Author: Linda Olejniczak

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:

Michigan Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Law – Steps to Take Now

13 December 2022

Michigan Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Law – Steps to Take Now

Author: Linda Olejniczak

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:

Combatting Presenteeism At Work

29 November 2022

Combatting Presenteeism At Work

Author: Linda Olejniczak

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.

Maximize the Power of November!

16 November 2022

Maximize the Power of November!

Author: Linda Olejniczak

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.

Instead of Competing with WFH – Embrace It!

1 November 2022

Instead of Competing with WFH – Embrace It!

Author: Linda Olejniczak

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.

Cybersecurity – Is your Company Prepared?

18 October 2022

Cybersecurity – Is your Company Prepared?

Author: Linda Olejniczak

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.

Keys to Employee Engagement – Part 2

4 October 2022

Keys to Employee Engagement – Part 2

Author: Linda Olejniczak

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:

Keys to Engaging with Employees – Part 1

20 September 2022

Keys to Engaging with Employees – Part 1

Author: Linda Olejniczak

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.

2023 Open Enrollment Checklist

6 September 2022

2023 Open Enrollment Checklist

Author: Linda Olejniczak

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.

What Employers Need to Know About Monkeypox

23 August 2022

What Employers Need to Know About Monkeypox

Author: Linda Olejniczak

On July 23, 2022, the Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Monkeypox Virus (MPV) a public health emergency of international concern. A growing number of states, including California, Illinois, and New York, have declared a state of emergency. On August 4, 2022, the U.S. Federal Government declared MPV a public health emergency.  Such a designation permits greater access to funding, increased vaccine production and distribution, data sharing, and the like.
HR is the Future of Work

9 August 2022

HR is the Future of Work

Author: Linda Olejniczak

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.

The Importance of Inclusive Employment Forms

26 July 2022

The Importance of Inclusive Employment Forms

Author: Linda Olejniczak

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.

Apps Available in Microsoft TEAMS You Might Not Know About

12 July 2022

Apps Available in Microsoft TEAMS You Might Not Know About

Author: Linda Olejniczak

Microsoft TEAMS offers an extensive selection of apps that provide tools and services that your organization could use daily. 

Five Things You Need to Know About Loneliness and Isolation at Work

28 June 2022

Five Things You Need to Know About Loneliness and Isolation at Work

Author: Linda Olejniczak

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.

Job Description Do’s and Don’ts

14 June 2022

Job Description Do’s and Don’ts

Author: Linda Olejniczak

It’s a daunting task to review and update job descriptions. The “when” of review and updating is “as often as needed.”  Job descriptions should reflect current responsibilities, any duty changes, manager change, location change, and update to skills, education, and qualifications for the role.  The “why” of updating them is because employees should know the expectations of their roles and the rules and regulations they need to follow, some...
Trust From Anywhere

31 May 2022

Trust From Anywhere

Author: Linda Olejniczak

Many leaders feel it’s easier to trust people we see more frequently. As such, the remote/hybrid work model is certain to escalate the trust problem between managers and their staff unless managers proactively work to increase trust.  Equip your managers with these reminders on how to develop a basic understanding of trust, illustrate trust, learn how to coach others, and identify barriers to accountability on their team.

Tis the Season for Internships

17 May 2022

Tis the Season for Internships

Author: Linda Olejniczak

After a hiatus due to the COVID pandemic, internship programs are back and present an opportunity to select and develop future talent.  According to ASE’s 2022 Salaries for Co-Op Students and Recent College Graduates Survey, 88% of the 105 respondents maintain a formal internship program. 

Join the 5-Day Anti-Burnout Challenge

3 May 2022

Join the 5-Day Anti-Burnout Challenge

Author: Linda Olejniczak

Associations Now recently published a 5-Day Anti-Burnout Challenge. The goal is to offer one small task each day for a week that could be worked into daily routines in hopes of preventing burnout.  It is a great challenge to offer your workforce – especially with May being Mental Health Awareness Month. 

The Great Reprioritization

19 April 2022

The Great Reprioritization

Author: Linda Olejniczak

We have all heard of The Great Resignation and now The Great Regret, but have you given thought to what those movements are really saying about our workforce?  Workers' values and expectations of their employers have changed. Period.  Whether they are still planning on leaving your organization or may boomerang back, workers are ultimately prioritizing what is important to them rather than accepting inflexible cultures.

Bring Your Child to Work Day is April 28th

5 April 2022

Bring Your Child to Work Day is April 28th

Author: Linda Olejniczak

What started in 1992 as Take Our Daughters to Work Day by the Ms. Foundation for Woman is now called Bring Your Child to Work Day. This day will be celebrated on April 28, 2022, a national day that gives children in the United States a glimpse into the working world.

Detroit at Work

22 March 2022

Detroit at Work

Author: Linda Olejniczak

Recently there have been several news outlets showcasing the $100 Million in scholarships available through the Detroit at Work programs. There are a variety of options available under the umbrella.  There are five scholarship programs designed to give Detroiters access to greater opportunity, better careers, and higher earning power. 

Strategies for Effective Succession Planning

8 March 2022

Strategies for Effective Succession Planning

Author: Linda Olejniczak

2.5 million people retired during the pandemic and experts estimate that of those,1.5 million would not have retired had it not been for the pandemic. Were you ready for these resignations?  To compete in today’s marketplace, you need to build your leadership bench, invest in attracting top talent, and develop a culture of succession.

Matthew Stafford’s Playbook and the Workplace

22 February 2022

Matthew Stafford’s Playbook and the Workplace

Author: Linda Olejniczak

For centuries the boss has been known to delegate tasks, lead meetings, make all the decisions, and has the final word on everything.  This type of culture can lead to high turnover, lack of innovation, and low productivity.  Some think it was the coaching style and ownership that led Matthew Stafford and the Rams to win the Super Bowl – something he could not do for 12 years with the Lions. 

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