Levi's rolls out 8 weeks paid family leave

Levi's | February 27, 2020

U.S. corporate and benefits-eligible retail employees at Levi Strauss & Co. will receive up to eight weeks of paid time off each year to care for an immediate family member who has a serious health condition, the company announced Feb. 27. The benefit "extends the company's commitment to building a best-in-class workplace," Levi Strauss & Co. said in a news release. Specifically, the benefit allows workers to take time off to care for an ill spouse, domestic partner, parent or step parent, child or stepchild who is up to 18 years old. The company introduced a paid parental leave program in 2016, providing eight weeks of paid leave to qualifying employees. "Access to paid family leave addresses the needs of the modern workforce and can help boost employee retention and loyalty," Levi Strauss & Co. President and CEO Chip Bergh said. "It's not only the right thing to do for employees, it's the smart thing to do for business.

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EMPLOYEE EXPERIENCE

Metafora & Lean Solutions Group Partner to Further the Transportation & Logistics Industry through Technology, Staffing, & Organizational Improvement

Metafora | April 06, 2022

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TALENT MANAGEMENT

SkillStorm Announces Appian Partnership

SkillStorm | April 21, 2022

SkillStorm, a leader in technology talent development, announced today that it has become an Appian Education Partner. SkillStorm deploys specialized teams of custom-trained U.S. tech talent to its commercial and federal services clients. As an authorized Appian Education Partner, SkillStorm will help its clients accelerate their digital transformation initiatives by providing an exclusive pipeline of custom-trained and certified Appian Developers at scale through its Hire, Train, Deploy ("HTD") and upskilling programs. The Appian Low-Code Platform is the unified platform for change. Appian combines process mining, workflow, and automation to accelerate business by allowing customers to discover, design, and automate their most crucial processes. Appian accelerates development up to 10x compared to traditional coding. By providing a single interface that unifies data, process, people and the digital workforce, Appian helps organizations improve digital innovation and optimize business outcomes. "SkillStorm's broad focus on students, career-changers, military veterans, and other communities matches our commitment to democratizing access to the opportunities inherent in a low-code career, Our partnership has grown over the past two years, and we look forward to scaling it to even greater heights in the future." -Marc Wilson, Chief Partner Officer at Appian "Appian has been a great partner, as we've collaborated together over the last two years, skilling up strong resources to become Appian developers. I am very excited to officially announce our partnership, and excited for the road ahead providing Appian careers for individuals and supplying the Appian Partner community with superb Appian developers, Low-code is transforming the way we develop software, by moving some of the most time consuming development tasks into simpler configurable or graphical interfaces items, empowering developers to create more and more rapidly. As an Appian Education Partner, we will continue to support the initiative of lowering TCOs of products via low-code, model-driven, process-centric, and case-centric software development." -Neil Hassanwalia, Chief Revenue Officer at SkillStorm. SkillStorm is helping to close the tech skills gap by investing in creating a workforce that is custom trained to meet the dynamic needs of its clients across the U.S. SkillStorm's workforce and talent development platform provides college graduates, transitioning service members, and military veterans with specialized training tailored to the specific needs of SkillStorm's clients, preparing these newly-certified professionals to easily integrate with experienced teams and have an immediate impact. About SkillStorm Founded in 2002, SkillStorm was built on the mission of accelerating careers in high-demand technologies. We create Stormers, the world's most elite developers. We hire, train, and deploy Stormers from all backgrounds and experience levels in today's in-demand technologies, including AWS, Appian, Salesforce, PEGA, and ServiceNow. We are committed to hiring and training college graduates and veterans for high-growth technology careers with our Fortune 100 clients. Through these dedicated efforts, we provide our clients with an exclusive pipeline of high-quality, U.S.-based tech talent that is custom trained with the skills required to support our clients' critical technology initiatives. As a flexible technology workforce partner, we provide fully formed tech teams at every level of experience, skill sets, and clearance. Stormers are deployed either at our clients' sites or at our U.S.-based delivery centers.

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HR STRATEGY

Venterra Realty's 2021 Technology Innovations Mobilize Workforce, Empower Employees

Venterra Realty | December 28, 2021

Venterra Realty continues to invest in mobile technologies for enhanced employee processes and productivity, which has successfully resulted in improved employee flexibility, efficiencies, and job satisfaction. Since its inception, Venterra has maintained a focus on enabling its workforce to create opportunities for internal job growth and is on the front lines of building an environment where skilled people seek to be employed. One of the ways that Venterra has set itself apart in its ability to maintain a highly-skilled workforce is an emphasis on making work-life easier by leveraging solutions to support a mobile workforce, reducing tedious tasks, and allowing for time to be spent completing meaningful responsibilities. "It is no secret that Venterra's culture is appealing to potential and current colleagues. A large part of our culture is about implementing innovative solutions to enable our people to be successful in their role, and for our people in onsite roles. Specifically, this means freeing them from the desk and office and enabling them with tools, technology, and real-time data to make decisions while they are out on the property, meeting with residents, doing inspections, completing service requests, etc. Behind our technology-first approach is the fact that we care deeply about the daily lives of our colleagues and are always considering how we can leverage mobile and digital tools to improve their satisfaction. At the end of the day, people want to feel like they made an impact. Providing efficiencies enables them to get to impact faster and more often. " -Stephanie Gonzalez, Vice President of Innovations. To double-down on mobilizing Venterra's frontlines and Property Operations, Venterra has added dual function, mobile computing platforms to enable on-site staff to manage their properties while away from their desks and offices, a proprietary mobile app for property management teams is also available for those that prefer a smaller device, are on the go, or want to stay productive from their phones, eliminating the need for return trips to the office; and smart home automation products, to support key-less digital apartment access for community managers and maintenance people, eliminating trips to the office for keys. These not only impact colleague satisfaction, but they also have a significant impact on resident satisfaction. "Response and resolution times have never mattered more to consumers, so when you have access to everything you need and can reach resolution in real time, while out on property, without having to return to the office, that translates to real value for our residents which translates to more satisfied residents. Bottom line, make things easier and solve problems faster for your customers and they will love you for it," Gonzalez adds. "A key benefit of our technology stack is that we built it ourselves. Our PMS, mobile property operations app, resident app, and our CRM are therefore fully integrated, so we can adapt much more quickly to accommodate new ways of working," - Andrew Basso, Vice President of Technology. In addition to specific support for property-oriented operations, Venterra has also invested in tools that support the broader workforce. This includes class-leading software platforms for collaboration, planning, and cloud-based analytics, along with an events platform that allows leaders to connect to engage in company-wide learning. Venterra is thereby able to constant meaningful content that team members can engage with on their schedule from the comfort of their homes. About Venterra Realty: Founded in 2001, Venterra Realty owns and manages approximately 70 communities and more than 20,000 apartment units across 13 major US cities that provide housing to over 40,000 people and 12,000 pets. The organization has completed $7.2 billion in real estate transactions and currently manages a portfolio of multi-family real estate assets valued at approximately $4.0 billion. Venterra is committed to improving the lives of its residents by delivering industry-leading customer experience.

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DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Enterprise Organizations Drive DE&I Engagement with New ERG Tools from WeSpire

WeSpire | May 26, 2022

WeSpire, a frontrunner in employee experience solutions for ESG programs, unveiled its newest employee research group (ERG) management tool. The new solution is an exhaustive offering that deliver a 360-degree view of the workforce to organizations. It enables them to bolster their organizational diversity, equity, and inclusivity quotients. “With a truly global workforce where over 95% of employees have the option to work remotely, we’ve invested in modernized technology to drive meaningful connections between our employees, effectively rolling out WeSpire’s tools has enabled us to tie the growth of our ERGs - which now serve thousands of Akamai employees - to broader company inclusion, diversity, and employee engagement goals.” -Khalil Smith, Vice President, Inclusion, Diversity, and Engagement at Akamai Technologies The WeSpire platform’s ERG management tool will enable organizations to: Boost internal communications and respond to employee ideas, feedback, and needs Equip ERG leaders to share resources with teams, promote targeted activities and access a suite of ready-to-launch events and initiatives Discover insights into vital human resource issues and collect HR data for future decision-making “To attract and retain the high level of talent required to fuel our growth strategy, we needed to accelerate our digital transformation and ensure we’re delivering what today’s employees expect in the workplace, especially from a large company. The power of WeSpire’s software has enabled us to evolve and modernize our CSR strategy by empowering ERG champions to easily run programs and events that improve company culture and employee retention.” Global healthcare provider, Sanofi, generated impressive value with the engagement tools through its freshly launched ERG initiatives. -Paula Bulcao, Director, Global Public Affairs, at Eastman, a global specialty chemical company. “Cultivating an inclusive culture is no longer a nice to have for companies – it’s a requirement, We’re providing companies with the digital tools and resources to reduce the administrative load of managing their groups and communities while meeting employee passions. When ERGs are designed, implemented, and measured effectively and aligned with a company’s mission and values, they can be transformative in driving belonging and enhancing the strategic benefits of diversity in the workplace.” -Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO, WeSpire.

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Implementation of a well-designed performance management (PM) system can strengthen an organization in numerous ways. Through the alignment of individual and organizational goals, PM systems advance strategic organizational objectives. High-quality PM systems also improve work contributions of employees by offering increased opportunity and guidance for growth and development.

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