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When and How Employers Should Respond to Employee Activism

​Employee activism is rising and becoming a defining feature of the modern workplace. More than 80 percent of employers expect a rise in activism among their employees by 2024, according to research by global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. However, there is no uniform definition of what employee activism is or includes, or a singular

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Viewpoint: What to Do If Your Team Doesn’t Want to Return to the Office

​As the pandemic continues, there are growing tensions at organizations where employees who have been working from home are now expected to come into reopened offices. Many knowledge workers—who have happily shed their commutes, decreased their interaction with difficult colleagues and let go of other frustrations of the office—relish the freedom, flexibility, and the increased

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10 Signs Your Employees Are Suffering From Stress and Anxiety

  Taking more time off work than usual Greater use of substances such as alcohol, tobacco and drugs (prescription and illegal) Increased irritability, poor concentration, reduced productivity Deteriorating personal or work relationships, including bullying behaviours Becoming more ‘emotional’, moody or over-reactive to what others say Starting to behave differently that’s out of the norm Changing

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Four things the pandemic has taught us about employee recognition

Throughout the pandemic we’ve seen a change in why and how we recognise one another. Just look on social media, and you’ll see story after story of people cheering, clapping and even singing and dancing to send thanks. No trophies or money – just heartfelt and genuine appreciation. Recognition should be used not only to

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4 COVID-19 Legal Questions You Should Answer

hen it comes to HR legal issues these days, it’s all coronavirus all the time. For the HR professional, navigating this seemingly endless and ever-changing legal maze can be quite daunting. Which issues are most important? What questions must I get answered? Where should my primary attention be? I asked prominent employment law attorneys from

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Consider Employees’ Caregiving Needs as COVID-19 Continues

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the pressures parents feel. Many are working from home and juggling caregiving duties as schools, day care centers and summer camps are closed or severely limiting the number of attendees. Workers with children ages 5 and younger may feel especially stressed. “The issue is particularly important for women, who remain

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Bringing Them Back: Questions for HR from Returning Workers

As employees begin to return to their workplaces after weeks under COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, they will have questions. After all, the world changed suddenly because of the deadly coronavirus pandemic and so have employees’ expectations and fears. Be prepared by considering these six things employment attorneys and human resource experts say workers will want to

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Millennials Say They Are Struggling More to Work from Home

Millennials are struggling more than older employees to get their work done amid the COVID-19 pandemic. They also report higher levels of anxiety and sleeplessness than Baby Boomers and Generation Xers, according to two surveys. Only 60 percent of Millennials said they feel either as productive or more so while working remotely, compared with 67

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During COVID-19, How Do You Minimize Employee Claims Risk?

​Recently, I read recommended steps for employers who are having employees work from home during the coronavirus pandemic. It was written by a prominent employment law attorney at a prominent law firm. It listed 15 items, the majority of which made sense. It began with an overall statement of employee support. The very next point,

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Consulting Psychologists Help Workers with Burnout

You register the weary, emotionally depleted faces at the staff meeting. No one is engaged. Last year, staff turnover and absenteeism increased as profits fell. The burnout is palpable. Can this organization be saved? The CEO is willing to invest in a solution, but what would that even be? Enter the consulting psychologist with extensive

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