Five Ways To Help Employees Manage Return-To-Office Anxiety

Think back to the earliest days of the Covid-19 pandemic when we were all suddenly forced to work remotely. It was disorienting and anxiety-inducing to abruptly be asked to work in a completely different style. As someone who was used to being in the office five days per week, it took me months to fully […]

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The Hybrid Work Model: A New Challenge For Diversity, Equity And Inclusion

Employees at companies across the country are thrilled at the prospect of a more flexible future as hybrid work models gain traction. But the hybrid workplace is creating a new diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) challenge as different and potentially unequal categories emerge among employees: those who are in the office and those who are […]

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Closing The Covid-19 Workplace Gender Gap: Three Actionable Solutions For SMBs

Two point three million: that’s the number of women who have left the workforce over the last year, resulting in a labor participation rate that hasn’t been this low since 1988. In December alone, women accounted for over 86% of all jobs lost. One in four women is considering downshifting her career or leaving the workforce due to the […]

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Forget Zoom Happy Hour: Four Employee Engagement Ideas To Try Instead

Suffering from Zoom fatigue? I’m right there with you. No matter how great the technology, video calls can’t replace the magic of in-person connections. It’s a challenge every HR team is facing: How can we keep employee engagement fresh and meaningful in the virtual world? Recently, my company Lucas Group held a completely virtual annual […]

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The New Employee KPIs: How To Measure Productivity And Performance When Working Remotely

Is your HR team drowning in the wrong data? KPIs have always been important for keeping a pulse on individual and organizational performance. But some of the KPIs we relied on a year ago are no longer as relevant in our current economic climate or work environment. Without the right metrics, it’s difficult to know […]

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Human Capital Planning In A Pandemic: Three Things HR Leaders Can Do Today For A Competitive Edge

“Planning is impossible in 2020.”  Nearly every conversation I’ve had since March has featured a version of this refrain. We’re in the midst of a dynamic public health crisis, juggling work-from-home challenges and employee engagement concerns — hardly an environment for making long-term plans. But pragmatic HR leaders aren’t sitting still or focusing only on […]

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New Hire Engagement In A Virtual World: Success Takes More Than Zoom Happy Hours

How do you keep new hires engaged when they’re working from home and it might be months before they meet the team in person? Following a clearly defined onboarding process rather than an ad hoc approach has long been a best practice, but the abrupt shift to remote work earlier this year disrupted these workflows. […]

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Employee Development Still Matters. Here’s How To Get It Right

This time of year, early summer, my team usually gears up to attend the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) annual conference and expo. We affectionately call the conference the “center of the HR universe,” an electric atmosphere buzzing with best-practice conversations and industry talk. Last year more than 20,000 HR professionals attended 200 sessions, […]

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