Microsoft launched global skills initiative to help 25M job seekers acquire skills for in-demand roles

Microsoft | July 03, 2020

Microsoft, along with its LinkedIn unit, has launched a global skills initiative to help job seekers acquire skills for in-demand roles. The set goal is to increase the digital skills of 25 million people worldwide by the end of 2020, Microsoft President Brad Smith said in a blog post June 30. The COVID-19 pandemic "has shined a harsh light" on a skills gap that is widening globally, and must be "closed with even greater urgency to accelerate economic recovery," Smith said. The initiative focuses on three areas of activity on the newly launched platform: using LinkedIn to identify real-time labor market data and skills insights; providing free access to content from LinkedIn Learning, Microsoft Learn and the GitHub Learning Lab; and low-cost Microsoft Certifications and free job-seeking tools. To help organizations upskill employees, Smith also announced that the company is developing a new learning app in Microsoft Teams. Employees will "need to skill and reskill through their careers," he said. Microsoft has also pledged $20 million in cash grants to assist nonprofit organizations worldwide. Of this total, $5 million will be provided to community-based nonprofits in the U.S. that are led by and serve communities of color.

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Paychex Honored for Excellence in Employee Health and Well-being

Paychex | April 20, 2022

For the ninth time, Paychex, Inc., a leading provider of integrated human capital management software solutions for human resources, payroll, benefits, and insurance services, has been honored by the Business Group on Health with the Best Employers: Excellence in Health & Well-being Award. Paychex was recognized for the outstanding commitment to advancing employee well-being through comprehensive and innovative benefits offerings for its 15,000 employees. Paychex is one of 44 large U.S. employers that received the recognition, which is based on a series of criteria including leadership and culture; holistic well-being approach, including mental health, financial security, physical health, social connectedness and job satisfaction; and metrics and program evaluation. The winners all demonstrate a clear well-being strategy with measurable objectives and incorporate principles of diversity, equity and inclusion into their health and well-being efforts. "Paychex has demonstrated a strong commitment to employee well-being, all against the backdrop of a pandemic and a parallel mental health crisis," - Ellen Kelsay, CEO and president, Business Group on Health. "Our benefits and well-being program is guided by a sincere desire for our employees' lives to be better because they chose to work at Paychex, To address the social and emotional challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, Paychex focused on promoting its employee assistance program, Resources for Living, to employees and their household members. With historically strong employee utilization, the program has doubled its rate of use since the start of the pandemic. In addition, our new benefit offering through meQuilibrium focuses on building resiliency and helps employees make improvements in areas such as stress management, work-life balance, and healthy sleep habits." -Karen McClendon, chief human resources officer at Paychex. Paychex is committed to investing in its employees with a comprehensive and affordable benefits package, including health care plans, retirement planning, well-being programs and more. The company also demonstrates its commitment to employee well-being in five essential areas: Career: With opportunities to build a long-term career, employees are able to do rewarding work that empowers them to feel good about their job today and career prospects tomorrow. Community: Through company-sponsored volunteer opportunities, charity drives and local events, employees can feel connected to their community and engaged with their coworkers. Emotional: Employees are encouraged to rely on coworkers, managers and resources that support emotional well-being like Paychex's Employee Assistance Program, Resources for Living, resilience training, and virtual meditation. Financial: To reduce stress and improve employees' sense of financial security, Paychex offers a competitive salary and best-in-class health care plans, retirement benefits, stock programs, employee discounts, financial fitness seminars, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts and more. Physical: Paychex offers programs with Fitbit Health Solutions, WebMD, telephonic health coaching, virtual mindfulness and yoga classes, and ergonomic support to help employees improve their energy, stamina and overall physical health. A full list of winners is available here. To learn more about Paychex employee benefits and well-being initiatives, visit our careers page. About Paychex Paychex, Inc. (Nasdaq: PAYX) is a leading provider of integrated human capital management software solutions for human resources, payroll, benefits, and insurance services. By combining its innovative software-as-a-service technology and mobility platform with dedicated, personal service, Paychex empowers small- and medium-sized business owners to focus on the growth and management of their business. Backed by 50 years of industry expertise, Paychex served more than 710,000 payroll clients as of May 31, 2021 in the U.S. and Europe, and pays one out of every 12 American private sector employees. About Business Group on Health Business Group on Health is the leading non-profit organization representing large employers' perspectives on optimizing workforce strategy through innovative health, benefits and well-being solutions and on health policy issues. The Business Group keeps its membership informed of leading-edge thinking and action on health care cost and delivery, financing, affordability and experience with the health care system. Business Group members include 72 Fortune 100 companies as well as large public-sector employers, who collectively provide health and well-being programs for more than 60 million individuals in 200 countries.

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TALENT ACQUISITION

ShiftMed and NAHCA Join Forces to Bring One-Stop Solution to Workforce Crisis

ShiftMed | January 21, 2022

ShiftMed, one of the largest workforce management platforms in health care with over 60,000 credentialed health care professionals, and the National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA), the professional association for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), have joined forces to launch the National Institute for CNA Excellence (NICE). NICE is an integrated training platform that includes a learning management system to recruit, train, certify, and retain CNAs. The solution will be immediately available to skilled nursing facilities. With CNA workforce shortages at record levels, and the need for long-term care among older adults on the rise, accessibility to quality education and training are national imperatives. As a virtual platform, NICE is designed to address this crisis by providing both CNAs and skilled nursing providers with recruitment, certification, job placement, continuing education, and ongoing career support all in one place. ShiftMed's network of over 1,500 enterprise health care partners will also help solve the workforce shortage by providing the required on-site, hands-on experience required for certification. Through NICE, CNAs will have access to highly qualified instructors, including post-acute and long-term care physicians, aging services policy leaders, and luminaries on topics that include Alzheimer's disease, person-centered care, infection prevention and control, palliative care, survey and certification, and relevant federal regulations. For its part, ShiftMed will tap its database of health care professionals to provide a purpose-driven career pathway for uncertified personal care aides through NICE. Once prospective CNAs have completed their online education through NICE, they will download the ShiftMed mobile app and be matched with nearby health care employers. "NICE takes successful training programs one step further by going beyond the normal requirements to educate the learner on essential skills such as team-building, conflict resolution, person-directed care, and much more, We have collectively spent more than 100,000 hours with CNAs over the past couple of decades, we know CNAs, and we couldn't be more thrilled to bring empowerment and quality professional training and education to millions of individuals who are looking to care for others in a meaningful way." -Lori Porter, NAHCA CEO and creator of NICE. Initial launch of the partnership will take place in Texas, a state that has been heavily impacted by the Delta and Omicron variants. Senior Living Properties, LLC, a 50-location provider across the state of Texas, has signed on as the initial launch partner of NICE. "In ShiftMed's Annual State of Nursing Report, we found that nearly half of U.S. CNAs, LPNs, and RNs are at least somewhat likely to leave the profession in the next two years, a finding that is incredibly telling of the shortage's impact on nurses. You also have CNAs working with more than fifteen residents per shift and leaders who are working 24/7 to fill in the gaps, By educating, training and empowering CNAs, we will improve access to care and improve quality of care and quality of life while addressing the shortage. We are thrilled that NICE will share in NAHCA's mission to demonstrate professional pride and advocacy for policies and practices that advance CNAs in their careers." -Todd Walrath, CEO of ShiftMed About ShiftMed ShiftMed is a next-generation workforce management platform that connects hospitals, assisted living providers, and skilled nursing facilities to the highest quantity and quality of licensed nurses (CNAs, LPNs and RNs). As the #1 nursing jobs mobile app on the App Store with over 140,000 downloads in the past year, ShiftMed serves more than 1,500 enterprise health care partners across the country by offering software tools and direct access to labor for shift scheduling. The ShiftMed on-demand platform dramatically streamlines the delivery of care services and enables health care providers access to compliant, credentialed workers to fulfill their staffing needs faster than any other solution. For more information, visit http://www.ShiftMed.com. About NAHCA The National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA) is a professional association of and for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) and represents more than 20,000 CNA members across the country. NAHCA elevates the professional standing and performance of health care professionals through recognition, advocacy, education, and empowerment to maximize success and quality care. For more information about NAHCA, please visit their website at www.nahcacna.org. About SLP Operations LLC Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, SLP Operations LLC provides health care services, including skilled nursing, long-term care, physical and occupational rehabilitation, speech therapy, Alzheimer's care, wound care management, and respite care. With approximately 2,500 team members, SLP Operations operates centers in San Angelo, Borger, Knox City, Carthage, Centerville, Childress, Coleman, New Braunfels, Pampa, Abilene, Brownwood, Electra, Burkburnett, Johnson City, Mineola, Graham, Hamilton, Haskell, Lubbock, Jacksonville, Waco, Kaufman, Lake Jackson, LaPorte, Lindale, Llano, Flatonia, Giddings, Overton, Palestine, Paris, Temple, Snyder, Sweetwater, Gainesville, Levelland, Orange, Texas City, and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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ethOs Announces Launch of ESG Consulting Services

ethOs | April 23, 2022

ethOs, a member of the Holmes Murphy brand family, announced the launch of a new, important, and timely offering called ESG Consulting Services. For many companies, the term ESG may be relatively new but growing in popularity with organizational leadership teams. ESG stands for Environmental, Social, and Governance, and investors are increasingly applying these non-financial factors as part of their analysis process to identify material risk and growth opportunities. "Ready or not, the ESG era is already upon us and growing in emphasis, and ethOs understands the importance of helping companies prepare for changes, In fact, 2020 and 2021 were historic years for global regulation related to sustainability disclosure. In the U.S., the Securities and Exchange Commission is placing a large emphasis on climate change, human capital, board diversity, cybersecurity risk, and ESG funds as key issues for policies and rulemaking. And, as we all know, the global pandemic has brought to light the importance of the WHOLE employee, their experience with a company, and their overall wellbeing. Companies are going to need to address each area of ESG sooner rather than later to support their internal employees, as well as to be competitive, and we're excited to say we have the experts on hand to help." -Ali Payne, President of ethOs. ESG covers everything from a company's energy use; water usage; waste; and pollution to its labor; diversity, equity, and inclusion policies; employee health, safety, and wellbeing; pay equity; data integrity and cyber security; and internal controls and audits, just to name a few areas. As part of its ESG Consulting Services, the ethOs team can help companies learn how to leverage ESG as part of their purpose, people, culture, brand, and overall value proposition while also ensuring they're properly positioned to be competitive. EthOs has a team of experts with more than 30 years of ESG experience who can consult with companies, position them to be ready and aligned with future ESG regulations, and highlight their ESG efforts to support the organizations, stakeholders, suppliers, communities, and the investors they work with. About ethOs EthOs works with organizations to enhance the employee experience by empowering their employees to bring their best self to work every day and fully engage in the organization's purpose. Our approach is to bring together all areas of wellbeing to look at the whole employee and how we can impact their wellbeing. Culture is strongly tied to organizational wellbeing and employee engagement—our opportunity lies in building a culture that supports the behaviors which will lead to a healthy and engaged workforce.

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HR ANALYTICS

Nokia Moves HR Functions to Oracle Fusion Cloud HCM

Nokia | May 17, 2022

Nokia has selected Oracle Fusion Cloud Human Capital Management (HCM) to consolidate and replace its Human Resources systems in the cloud as part of its global digitalization program. Nokia will use a worldwide deployment of Oracle Cloud HCM to manage all HR processes, including recruitment, compensation, and performance management, for the company's global workforce in its 130 countries of operation. In 2021, Nokia launched its 'One Nokia Digital' strategy to support the company's competitiveness by digitalizing its operations. As part of these efforts Nokia will replace its on-premises HR systems with Oracle Cloud HCM. Nokia selected Oracle Cloud HCM for its ability to standardize HR processes on a common data platform, which will enable Nokia to provide a consistent employee experience across teams and more easily manage and scale HR services globally. "Optimizing employee care and experience is a central part of our people strategy. Our aim is to deliver organizational agility, a seamless employee experience, and efficiency gains that support Nokia's competitiveness. We are delighted to partner with Oracle because Oracle Cloud HCM provides a strong foundation to build digital experiences with true user-centricity," - Lisbeth Nielsen, Head of People Experience at Nokia. "By leveraging best-of-breed solutions like Oracle Cloud HCM, we want to bring Nokia to the next level of digital maturity. The implementation will contribute to increased efficiency and productivity and will provide AI and data capabilities that we can take advantage of to develop business performance and agility," - Alan Triggs, Nokia Chief Digital Officer. Oracle Cloud HCM will enable Nokia to connect every process across the employee lifecycle, helping improve decision-making and reduce operational costs. With AI-powered technology such as digital assistants and hundreds of new capabilities added each quarter, Oracle Cloud HCM will also enable Nokia to take advantage of the latest innovations and best practices to operate its business more efficiently and better empower Nokia employees, people managers and HR professionals. "Nokia has a culture of innovation that has enabled it to lead its industry for years, and with Oracle Cloud HCM it now has an integrated platform, powered by the latest emerging technologies, to support its current and future HR needs," - Cormac Watters, EVP Applications EMEA at Oracle. About Oracle Oracle offers integrated suites of applications plus secure, autonomous infrastructure in the Oracle Cloud.

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