Human Resource Technology Trends for 2017

| April 6, 2017

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In a rapidly expanding digital age, the relationship between Human Resources and technology continues to grow closer. Technology continues to be the driving force behind changes to HR practices and industry experts predict glaring change in the near future; however, great opportunity lies ahead for employers to learn how to leverage this change and set up their talent and organizations for success.

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How to support your staff during the covid-19 pandemic

Article | April 10, 2020

Companies all over the world are rallying around their employees as their entire workforce has been working from home due to COVID-19. Organizations that have not thought of the possibility of 100% remote working, are also finding it adjustable and running all operations smoothly in the lockdown period. They are pulling out all the stops, keeping the spirits high, spreading the waves of happiness and trying hard to maintain a light-hearted atmosphere during this time of stress. In this challenging time of adapting to changes and the prevailing circumstances, here are five proactive approaches to provide your employees support and keep them motivated throughout. Table of Contents: 1] Essential Support to On-site Staff 2] Building a Virtual Office Culture 3] Stay Healthy, Stay Fit to Stay Away from the Disease 4] Educate & Communicate 5] Anticipate Secondary Effect 1] Essential Support to On-site Staff As the governments all over the world are seen preferring lockdown to curb the impact of COVID-19, many companies are forced to shut their doors immediately for an indefinite time period. However, some vital industries are allowed to remain open.These permitted industries include production of consumable and protective goods, along with the warehouses and transportation services that need to ship them. As an employer, it is extremely important to take care of employees’ health especially those who are working on-site. Whether it is a manufacturing plant, a warehouse, or they are working in a closed office, checking with them on their health and providing necessary help is part of our ethics as HR professionals. Unlike many companies that are putting their employees first during pandemic, everyone can contribute to maintaining a healthy atmosphere among the employees. 2] Building a Virtual Office Culture Many of your employees might have pets and kids. And this is a new addition to the virtual workplace they have created. A little flexibility in the atmosphere is bringing fun to the work resulting in increased productivity. Here are some examples of how employers are embracing the change in the workplace: Vox Media is hosting a daily story time for parents with kids, courtesy of its parent- employee resource group. The CEO of the company joined via Zoom to read stories to families. LiveIntent –a marketing technology firm created groups on the communication platform #the-bark-side, #thedailybaby, #parentsofliveintent and #WFHTipsandTricks, where people are helped to stay positive and productive, said Global Marketing SVP, Kerel Cooper. The New York Times’ advertising team held a “pet parade” for everyone to show off their pets, said Sebastian Tomich, SVP and global head of advertising solutions. These efforts from employers to support employees’ new work-life balance include practical tips too. Merkle created an internal microsite that provides learning resources along with some other content- all for parents whose kids are at home. 3] Stay Healthy, Stay Fit to Stay Away from the Disease One of the advisory ways to protect people from the coronavirus is to stay healthy. What’s a better way than to arrange some health programs from your organization for your employees. This will also help you strengthen the bond between the company and the employee. You can arrange some live workout classes twice a week like Cubeiq is doing for its employees. Managers at PubMatic are organizing “exercise-from-home-hour” where they set a particular time of the day for virtual workout classes. During this employee can pay attention towards their health by going for a walk and get active. A great example of LiveIntent which created a teledoc service that offers in-home COVID-19 testing for qualifying employees who swab themselves at home. And the tests are sent overnight to a lab for results. Some other options to encourage your employees to stay healthy is arranging a 15-20 mins session of tips on keeping better mental and physical health or inviting nutritionists to provide information on what to eat and how to stay fit during these days, etc. Also, being happy means being healthy right? So you can arrange some fun activities to contribute in your employee’s health. Those happy hours or minutes can consist of things like virtual coffee meetings, music listening sessions, or some other entertaining activities like work from home photo contests, etc. Doing this will not only make the workforce happy but also increase the productivity. 4] Educate & Communicate During a time of crisis like the COVID-19, people are seeking support. Something which will give hopes and make them feel better on the improvisation of the situation. What HRs simply can do during this time is, call them and ask how are they doing. Ask them if they are okay and need any kind of help from the company side including supplies, hardware and files they need. Encourage them to ask questions if they have any. The current situation can be a time for companies where new employees are about to join. Make sure they are getting every needful help from your side and adjusting well with the new work structure. With the business situation changing so rapidly, employees value companies that cheer them up and are able to improve themselves along with the company. For something like this not to feel disconnected from the organization, make some passing moments by asking simple conversational questions that will be emotionally helpful for them. Most companies said they are increasing the cadence of their communications to employees. Their executive teams are proactively connecting, and more departmental heads are meeting to collaborate. Things like these are important to show your support towards your employees. 5] Anticipate Secondary Effect Due to the critical situation of COVID-19; schools, universities and businesses have to close immediately. Considering these aspects of an employer’s life can make a huge impact. Parents who were dependent on daycare for their children, have fallen into a dual responsibility situation. In many cases there are not immediate family members who can step in. As an employer, you can ease this situation for employees who have become sole caretakers by allowing them modified schedules, alternative shifts or some time off. Some of the businesses have to shut the doors immediately and this has become the reason for some families to face financial crisis. For such employees of your company, any amount or relief can be a godsend. In turbulent times, financial help, workplace flexibility, or any other outside assistance can dramatically change employees’ livelihood. As we overcome the critical health situation, these small supports can help everyone for a smoother transition to normal lives. Learn more: Post Coronavirus recovery practices to follow

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The Single Biggest Factor in Finding Your Dream Job!

Article | June 4, 2020

I’ve been given the opportunity to speak to a number of high school and college graduating seniors. The one common question from both groups, I get frequently, is “how can I get my dream job?” It’s a simple question, with about one million possible answers. Which makes it a tough question to answer in front of a group. I think I might have found the perfect answer to this question. From Penn State football coach, James Franklin, when asked at a conference how does a graduate assistant move up in the college football coaching ranks: “It comes down to people and opportunities for growth. I always tell people to stay broke for as long as possible. When you have a car payment and other things like that, it becomes a factor. Keeping money out of it allows you to chase your dreams longer.”

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HEALTH AND RETIREMENT REMAIN TOP BENEFITS FOR BOOMERS TO GEN Z

Article | August 4, 2020

You’ve no doubt seen dozens of articles claiming to find clear distinctions between baby boomers, millennials, Generation X and Generation Z when it comes to traits like family values, work expectations and buying habits. With all these differences, you could easily assume each group has drastically different desires when it comes to their benefits packages – but you might be surprised by the truth!

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Horticultural lighting for sustainable food production

Article | August 7, 2020

Significant changes in sustainable agriculture need to be made as our population rises and puts pressure on global food security. In fact, the global food system accounts for about one quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, consumes the majority of all freshwater, and is the leading cause of deforestation. By 2050, there will be another two billion people on the planet increasing food demand by 70%. Sustainable alternatives can ensure that there’s enough safe and affordable food. Using artificial lights in horticulture is one way to increase demand without driving up the resource usage.

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BrightHR helps you build a better, more profitable business, now and for the future | UK & Ireland. Our people management software automates those time-consuming HR admin processes, helping you stay organised no matter how thinly you’re stretched. It’s also got your back, anticipating and implementing important HR tasks, saving you from costly oversights. What’s more, if you need a bit of guidance, you’ll find loads of insightful information so you can get the most from your team.

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