Employees afraid of flexibility? 6 ways to enjoy the advantages of remote work

hrdive | December 11, 2017

Unless you work for IBM, which bucked current work trends by calling most of its 160,000 offsite employees back to their cubicles, I probably don’t need to convince you of the benefits of remote work. There’s higher employee engagement and retention; reduced carbon footprint, thanks to consolidated workspaces and fewer commuters on the road; equal or even increased productivity; work environment better suited to the needs and preferences of the rising generation. What’s not to love? Like it or not, flexible work policies are here to stay. “The employees have already left the building,” Kate Lister, president of Global Workplace Analytics, told CNN Money. “Whether we're nine feet, nine floors or nine time zones away, we're working virtually.”But not everyone feels comfortable taking advantage of the opportunity to work from home — or the local Starbucks. While 79% of knowledge workers have access to flextime, about one in six workers is afraid to use it, either because of how it might look to their coworkers or because their boss doesn’t trust them enough.

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In this video you will hear from Claudia Rosbach, SAP S/4HANA Product Success and Cloud Co-Innovation, SAP SE, who gives an overview on HR Connectivity in the SAP S/4HANA Cloud 2208 release. Watch this video to learn about the exciting innovations we have in store for you – from Product Experts to Product Experts. 

Key points Claudia mentions are:

  • Manage Workforce App
  • Create and Update Workers
  • Create Multiple Work Agreements or Change an Existing Work Agreement


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REMOTE WORKFORCE

Marginalized Employees Say Remote Work is More Equitable, but at the Cost of Hiding Their Authentic Selves

Software Advice | July 07, 2022

As HR departments work to make their organizations more equitable and inclusive, new research from Software Advice suggests that remote work may at first seem like the best format for reducing workplace bias and discrimination, but survey data reveals it often means employees are sacrificing their true identity at work. This survey analyzed employee responses from groups often impacted by negative bias and discrimination in the workplace, including women, employees aged 55 or older, LGBTQ workers, racial minorities, and those with a disability. Across all minority groups surveyed, remote workers are most likely to agree that their employer treats every employee fairly, compared to those who work hybrid or on-site. This may be due to their ability to customize work environments to individual needs, managers measuring work more fairly through outcome-based metrics, or a reduction in toxic behaviors overall. However, marginalized employees working remotely also admit to lying about or omitting a part of their identity at their current job out of fear of discrimination, including: 71% of employees with disabilities 65% of employees 55 years or older 64% of women 64% of LGBTQ workers 57% of racial minority workers Women in particular are uncomfortable bringing their full selves to work. Over two-thirds (71%) of women who work remotely say they’re afraid to be their authentic selves at work, compared to 64% and 57% of women who work on-site and in a hybrid format, respectively. While on-site employees may be more honest about their identities, it isn’t always by choice. They may face more discrimination because they can’t hide who they are in-person. “With more employers implementing remote work permanently, it’s encouraging to see that minority workers believe remote work is more equitable,” says Brian Westfall, principal HR analyst at Software Advice. “With more employers implementing remote work permanently, it’s encouraging to see that minority workers believe remote work is more equitable,” says Brian Westfall, principal HR analyst at Software Advice. “But, DEI initiatives don’t really work unless employees feel safe to be their authentic selves.” Remote work isn’t a magic solution for encouraging workplace inclusivity. HR leaders must intentionally act to ensure marginalized employees working from home feel seen and included for who they are. Examples include forming employee resource groups, setting the right tone during onboarding to encourage new hires to share their own perspective, and diversifying remote leadership. To find resources on how to promote authenticity in a remote workplace, visit softwareadvice.com. About Software Advice Software Advice simplifies software buying. Through 1-on-1 conversation and trusted insights, industry-specific advisors guide buyers to top software options in as little as 15 minutes (and it’s 100% free). Founded in 2005, Software Advice has helped nearly 900,000 businesses find the right software for their specific needs. Software Advice also features over 1.5 million verified user reviews to ensure people feel confident in their technology decisions. For more information, visit softwareadvice.com.

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EMPLOYEE EXPERIENCE,PAYROLL

Humanforce Enhances Platform with New Payroll Solution

Humanforce | September 15, 2022

Humanforce, a provider of workforce management (WFM) solutions, today announced the launch of its new payroll solution, transforming the Humanforce platform into an 'all-in-one' for Australian & New Zealand HR and payroll professionals. With this new addition Humanforce is now delivering a seamlessly integrated, automated, accurate and compliant workforce management and payroll experience. "The launch of Humanforce Payroll is an exciting step forward in being able to offer Australian & New Zealand businesses a truly unified and all-in-one workforce management and payroll solution, Empowering workforce, payroll and HR professionals with a single interface reduces the admin burden and risk of errors from timesheet right through to payslip. The solution also empowers employees by providing real-time access to their data and financial wellbeing programs such as earned wage access, all from the Humanforce mobile app." -Clayton Pyne, Chief Executive Officer of Humanforce Humanforce Payroll, powered by leading Australian payroll specialist Payroll Metrics, requires no integration, making the implementation process hassle-free. Humanforce WFM and Payroll is highly configurable and tailored to unique business needs. Payroll Metrics' new partnership with Humanforce brings together both companies' expertise in payroll and workforce management, to offer Humanforce's customers the simplicity of a single source of truth for all the information HR and payroll professionals need in their day-to-day tasks, said Greg McManus, Founder & Managing Director of Payroll Metrics. For over 20 years Humanforce's objective has been to take the complexity of workforce management and make it as simple as possible for businesses; an approach that Payroll Metrics shares with us when it comes to payroll. The combined breadth and depth of two best-of-breed platforms delivered in a single user and customer experience is what the market has been waiting for, and it's finally here, Pyne added. The key benefits of Humanforce's new payroll solution include: Workforce management and payroll in a single platform: a comprehensive all-in-one workforce management and payroll platform, offering automated and secure data flows so you can be confident in data accuracy, business efficiency and compliance. The single interface also allows easy navigation between all core HR and payroll tasks such as Onboarding, Rostering, Time & Attendance, Payroll and Early Wage Access. Increased employee wellbeing: with integration across Humanforce Payroll and workforce management, businesses can offer earned wage access options to reduce employee financial stress. Easy implementation and faster time to value: Humanforce Payroll requires no integration with the Humanforce platform. Customers can begin using and learning Humanforce workforce management and payroll early in the onboarding process for a faster time to value and measurable benefits from the onset. Eliminate security and compliance concerns: with lock and key security, business data across Humanforce is only accessible and available to whomever businesses choose, if and when they need it. Humanforce also offers an award interpretation engine, along with Single Touch Payroll (STP/STP2), Payday Filing, SuperStream and KiwiSaver compliance. Mitigate data risk: bringing together all employee, rostering and payroll data flows in one solution helps to avoid potential errors when uploading multiple files, entering manual inputs and double-handling data. Configurable to business needs: highly configurable to individual business' needs and the unique requirements of their shift-based workforce, with flexible clocking and rostering options, as well as the choice to process bulk or one-off payroll events. The Humanforce all-in-one solution improves the employee experience for our customers' shift-based, roster-driven (or 'deskless') workforce and provides their teams with the tools they need to excel. Without the need for manual effort, our customers can get back to strategic business operations and not lose valuable time juggling multiple systems, said Pyne. About Humanforce Humanforce is a leading provider of shift-based workforce management solutions that simplifies onboarding, scheduling, time and attendance, employee engagement and communication. Customers in more than 23 countries use Humanforce to optimise costs, realise compliance confidence, empower their team and drive growth. Customers include Secure Parking, Flight Centre, Aveo, Estia, Accor, Delaware North and more. Humanforce was founded in Sydney in 2002, and today has offices across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK.

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HR ANALYTICS,WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT

VirgilHR Launches Web-Based Platform, Brings Real-Time, Self-Service Legal Guidance to HR Teams

VirgilHR | September 06, 2022

VirgilHR announces the launch of its new web-based platform, putting real-time, automated employment and labor law guidance at the HR team's fingertips. The disruptive SaaS platform empowers individual HR professionals and teams to make smart, well-informed employment and labor law decisions in the moment, without the need to research regulatory requirements. As an HR leader with experience at both public companies and growth-stage technology startups, Jocelyn King, CEO & Founder of VirgilHR, has had the privilege of supporting executives and departments in all functions across the business. "When we started building VirgilHR, we wanted to do two things - reduce the complexity and mitigate the risk of legal action from human error against companies and get HR professionals back to why they got into HR and building, growing, and nurturing great people and great cultures, With this evolution in our product, we've made it possible for every HR professional to have a real-time legal guide by their side." -Jocelyn King, CEO & Founder of VirgilHR VirgilHR hosts a proprietary database of employment and labor law requirements that helps HR professionals manage the compliance of employment decisions, including leave requests, final wages, and termination. HR team members can access real-time, prescriptive guidance across federal, state, and local employment and labor laws via the online web-based, self-service application. As part of the product launch, HR professionals are eligible for a 30 day free trial of VirgilHR with access to all employment modules and all features including: The VirgilHR chatbot built on smart, automation technology, which provides legal guidance to on labor and employment law queries in the moment, no research required Educational content, developed by experienced labor and employment attorneys Policy templates, which cover the newest labor and employment laws released across the country, to supplement employee handbooks The platform helps HR professionals navigate the complexities of employment and labor law, close the knowledge gap, and empower HR teams to make compliant employment decisions with ease and confidence. The company's early customers have come from organizations across the mid-market with small HR teams looking for efficiency gains; King sees growth for the business in manufacturing, construction, technology, government contracting, and medical services. About VirgilHR VirgilHR is the new evolution of HR compliance software, enabling HR professionals to spend more time on strategic objectives and less time on researching and tracking thousands of ever-changing employment and labor laws. Our mission is to help HR professionals navigate the growing employee complexities, close the knowledge gap and empower HR teams to make compliant employment decisions with ease and confidence.

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EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT

Paychex Research Reveals Job Stability and Meaningful Work Are What Makes Employees Stay

Paychex | August 01, 2022

New research from Paychex, Inc., a leading provider of integrated human capital management software solutions for human resources, payroll, benefits, and insurance services, explores the challenge of employee retention and the key drivers motivating employees when making choices about their career paths. With 4.3 million people quitting their jobs as recently as May 2022, the survey of more than 600 U.S. workers provides insight employers can use when developing strategies for increasing retention. The study—which was conducted in partnership with Future Workplace, an Executive Networks member company—revealed a gap between the employer perceptions and employee sentiments related to retention. When asked about factors (other than compensation and benefits) that contribute to their decisions to stay in with their company, 30% of respondents indicated that perceived job stability is their most important motivator and 60% ranked it in their top three. Feeling that the work was meaningful (45%) and having a passion for their field (33%) were the second- and third-most-popular answers, respectively. Reasons related to employers' brands (19%), corporate culture (19%), and products (13%) are the least important to employees, despite many companies' focus on these elements in their recruiting and retention efforts. "Research shows that almost half of employees say they do not want to change companies within the next 12 months, but that is never a guarantee that those employees will stick around long-term, The Great Resignation may be slowing, but that doesn't mean companies can take a passive approach. Rather, they should use this opportunity to offer programs, perks, and benefits that meet employees' diverse needs." -Alison Stevens, director of HR Services at Paychex. Generation Influences Why Employees Work at Their Companies While job stability and performing meaningful work ranked among the top two reasons respondents stayed at their companies, Baby Boomers (32%), Gen X (35%), and Millennials (31%) were significantly more likely to cite job stability as the most important reason than Gen Z (14%). Instead, Gen Z (18%) prioritizes meaningful work over job stability. In addition, Baby Boomers (41%) said that passion for their field and industry are among the most important reasons to work at their company. Gen X (30%) focused on close relationships with coworkers, and Millennials (39%) cited opportunities for career growth. Gen Z (27%) said company growth and success were especially important to them. Flexibility Reigns as Top Priority for Employee Retention When asked what would make employees more likely to stay in their roles, respondents noted a desire for more flexible scheduling. 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Backed by 50 years of industry expertise, Paychex serves more than 730,000 payroll clients as of May 31, 2022 in the U.S. and Europe, and pays one out of every 12 American private sector employees.

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Spotlight

In this video you will hear from Claudia Rosbach, SAP S/4HANA Product Success and Cloud Co-Innovation, SAP SE, who gives an overview on HR Connectivity in the SAP S/4HANA Cloud 2208 release. Watch this video to learn about the exciting innovations we have in store for you – from Product Experts to Product Experts. 

Key points Claudia mentions are:

  • Manage Workforce App
  • Create and Update Workers
  • Create Multiple Work Agreements or Change an Existing Work Agreement

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