New Jersey proposal would mandate discrimination, harassment policies

HR Dive | February 21, 2020

A bill proposed Feb. 18 by New Jersey's Democratic governor, Phil Murphy, would require employers in the state to adopt a written nondiscrimination policy establishing policies and procedures against unlawful discrimination and harassment. Employers would be required to disseminate the written policy at least once annually to all employees, and whenever updates to the policy are made. Employers with 50 or more employees would be required to collect and annually report various data on received unlawful workplace discrimination or harassment complaints. Beginning one year from the effective date, the proposal would also require New Jersey employers to provide interactive training on preventing unlawful discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment, within 90 days of an employee’s initial hire, and to all employees at least once every two years. The training would need to be reviewed by employers "at least annually" to ensure compliance.

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Employee Mental Health in an Uncertain World: Shifting From a State of Crisis to a Culture of Mental Wellness

Modern Health | September 08, 2022

Modern Health, a leading workplace mental health platform supporting enterprises globally, today published a wide-ranging study of executives, HR decision makers, managers and employees to examine the state of employee mental health in the workplace. The research, commissioned by Modern Health and conducted by Forrester Consulting for the second year in a row, set out to uncover how employers are responding to employees' dramatically increasing needs for mental health support after several years of an unrelenting global pandemic, political and social unrest, economic uncertainty, and much more. The survey of 1,700+ employees, including managers, non-manager employees, C-level executives, and HR leaders, found that employees and employers both recognize that mental health benefits are an integral part of a healthy, productive workplace culture, but have widely differing perceptions of if and how the current standard of benefits is meeting employee needs. While 84% of employers plan to increase or enhance employee mental health benefits in the next year, there is still a significant gap in how employees perceive their employer's commitment to mental health and wellness. Seventy-four percent of employees report wanting their employer to care about their mental health, but only half (53%) feel that they actually do. "The past few years have left many of us feeling burnt out, exhausted, and stressed, so it's not surprising that the topic of mental health has been forced into the spotlight. We're seeing a bigger need for support as more people speak out about their mental health challenges but despite this progress, people around the world are still struggling to access care that meets their needs, We are at a critical inflection point where organizations need to shift from the mindset of providing mental health support as a crisis response to it being an integrated and strategic part of the employee experience. Done right, the end result means both the companies and the human beings who make them run are more connected and engaged." -Alyson Watson, founder and CEO at Modern Health Shift from Crisis to Culture: Closing the Gap Employers are recognizing the stress that their workforces are currently under with three out of four employers (75%) recognizing that the current state of the U.S. economy is causing employee anxiety. However, only 45% have already taken steps to address this anxiety. As companies and their employees adapt and evolve toward the future of work, long-term success requires both an investment in mental health and a workforce equipped, encouraged, and willing to prioritize it. This happens when companies move from viewing mental health as a crisis response to a permanent, values-based commitment to employee well-being. The first step is closing the gap between employer and employee perception. According to our research, 85% of employers feel they actively listen to the needs of employees, but only 51% of employees agree. Similarly, only 46% of employees believe their company invests enough in the mental health of employees, while a significant 81% of employers believe they invest enough. Additionally, while around two in three employees report feeling connected, supported, and seen at work, when employers were asked the same question, they significantly overstated how their employees feel by at least 20% on every metric. For example, only 59% of employees reported feeling seen by their company and colleagues for their unique contributions to work, while 85% of employers said their employees felt seen. The Need to Clear a Path In order to create a workforce that is creative, adaptive, and resilient, the report advises that business leaders need to create a path that allows employees to use their mental health benefits without fear of reprisal or negative stigma. For employee behavior to scale across the organization, that behavior needs to be messaged, modeled, enabled, and permitted repeatedly to employees. One troublesome finding is that only 51% of employees feel safe in their role if their mental health status were to be revealed. Compared to the 2021 study, employees are even more desperate for a culture that embraces mental health acceptance and support. A year ago, employees were asking for more mental health support in the workplace. Today, their desire goes beyond simply implementing benefits—they want to feel empowered and encouraged to utilize these tools and want their leaders to acknowledge and reduce barriers to access. Last year, 64% of employees felt they had workday flexibility to care for mental health needs, while only 54% feel that way today. And more than two thirds (68%) of employees felt like their work culture was a safe place to discuss mental health and ask for support in 2021, but only 51% agree today. These trends are moving in the wrong direction. According to our findings, a full 77% of employers say they will provide mental health support to their employees, but they think it's up to the employee to use their benefits and managers shouldn't be expected to encourage them. Leadership modeling is also a critical component to employees feeling comfortable using mental health benefits to their fullest. According to the survey, the vast majority of leaders (80%) feel like they are expressing their own vulnerability when it comes to mental health, but employees do not see, hear, or feel that vulnerability coming through, since only 30% of employees agree. At the same time, 74% of employers think employees are uncomfortable hearing about their colleagues' mental health, but only 31% of employees said it actually makes them uncomfortable. Now is Not the Time to Lose The High Performers In an increasingly uncertain economic environment, companies can't afford to lose their high performing employees. Making up a third of the global workforce, high performers can be described as highly engaged, deeply committed and able to do their job consistently well. When examining the high performers in the study, it found that they are working more hours and are even more productive than last year, but are also burnt out. Despite a reported high enthusiasm for their jobs (76%), more than half (53%) of these high performers report feeling burned out in their roles. The good news is that employees reported again this year they would be more likely to stay at a company that provides high-quality resources for them to care for their mental health. The Cost of Doing Nothing While part of the case for mental health benefits is a positive return on the company bottom line, 72% of employers fear that focusing on mental health could have a reverse ROI with employees working fewer hours in order to care for their mental health and being less available. The research shares that the cost of supporting employees' mental health is a fraction of the cost that a company will bear over the long run if its workforce doesn't have the appropriate mental, physical, and emotional resources to excel at work. The benefits of a whole, complete, and "well" workforce reach far beyond incremental productivity improvements. In fact, the impacts can be felt across talent acquisition and retention, belonging, performance, engagement, profitability, and long-term growth. Methodology In this study, Forrester conducted an online survey of 1,207 employees and managers ("employees") and 519 HR leaders and C-level executives ("employers") at organizations in the United States to evaluate the current state of mental health among employers and employees. Respondents were offered a small incentive as a thank-you for time spent on the survey. The study began in June 2022 and was completed in July 2022. About Modern Health Modern Health is the comprehensive mental health and wellness platform that combines the WHO well-being assessment, self-service wellness kits, a global network of certified coaches, and licensed therapists, all available in a single app. Modern Health empowers employers to lead the charge in acknowledging that mental health is just as important as physical health, destigmatizing the conversation, and increasing accessibility of mental health services for all. Founded in 2017, Modern Health incorporates evidence-based psychology principles and seamless technology to serve the needs of companies globally. Headquartered in San Francisco, Modern Health has raised more than $172 million from Founders Fund, Battery Ventures, Felicis Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Afore Capital, MGV, Frederic Kerrest (co-founder of Okta), and 01 Advisors.

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Click Boarding Launches New Campaign to Improve Employee Onboarding

Click Boarding | September 01, 2022

Click Boarding, LLC, the award-winning onboarding and employee experience platform, announced the recent launch of a new brand campaign reflective of today's ongoing talent wars. Coined the Valley of UncertaintyTM by the company's executive leaders, the concept represents the worrisome time for candidates as they transition from recruitment into the day-to-day business as an employee. It's also when newly hired employees are at the highest risk of leaving an organization. When combined with a lack of investment from leadership, the outlook can be dismal. To underscore the threat the Valley poses in today's volatile talent market, Click sponsored Boston-based Madeline Laurano of Aptitude Research for an in-depth analysis on the real state of onboarding. Head of Marketing Michelle Graham says although not surprising, the data provided by Aptitude Research was jarring. The report validated our suspicions: onboarding remains stagnant, while other HR technology investments have risen over the past several years. We've always known the first 90 days are critical for retention; this study confirms that the onboarding period is now more important than ever, with deep impacts on an organization's bottom line. Graham says the campaign kicked off with a Click-hosted webinar on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, with an engaging discussion of the intelligence and statistics featured in Laurano's exclusive report. Additionally, Graham added the campaign includes a Tech Talk on the Valley of Uncertainty at the HR Tech Fall 2022 exposition in Las Vegas, Nevada, from Sept. 13-16, 2022. About Click Boarding, LLC Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Click Boarding, LLC is an employee experience platform providing compliant HR solutions that impact first-year employee growth and retention. With a seamless, mobile-first platform, we help leading enterprise organizations deliver modern, guided lifecycle experiences throughout the entire employee journey, from preboarding to offboarding. Our technology and unparalleled expertise help Fortune 500 companies achieve a higher return on investment.

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Navigate360 Named Top Workplace, Receives NorthCoast 99 Award for Second Consecutive Year

Navigate360 | September 09, 2022

Navigate360 has been named a 2022 NorthCoast 99 award winner by ERC, the Employers Resource Council. The NorthCoast 99 award honors 99 great Northeast Ohio workplaces for top talent. This is the second time that Navigate360 has received the prestigious award. “Our 2022 NorthCoast 99 recognition is a testament to all of our team members’ hard work and passion for our culture, mission, values, and each other, In addition to our national Great Place to Work® Certification™, the NorthCoast 99 award is another acknowledgment that our organization attracts, develops and retains top performers – people who drive innovation through the pursuit of our mission to end targeted school violence and self-harm and to put school communities on a path to growth and success. Whole-child safety takes the whole community, and it is that shared belief that makes a difference.” -Navigate360 CEO, JP Guilbault NorthCoast 99 winners participated in a rigorous application process that asked for detailed information about how their organizations excel in the areas of organizational strategy, policies and benefits; talent attraction, acquisition and onboarding; employee well-being; employee engagement and talent development; total rewards; and diversity, equity and inclusion. Navigate360 stands for an equitable world and workplace; for inclusivity and respect for people, their views and their practices; for seeing possibilities and building bridges to a world absent of fear; and for kindness, passion and purpose. Without our dedicated employees, none of this is possible. I am humbled and honored every day to be part of this organization, Guilbault continued. It’s no surprise that the 2022 NorthCoast 99 winning organizations are leading our region! These outstanding companies prioritize the employee experience, offering attractive benefits and innovative policies that today’s workforce demands. We are thrilled to recognize the winning companies and look forward to sharing their success stories, said ERC President Kelly Keefe. Maintaining this recognition is not something we take lightly. Our mission and our employee experience go hand in hand, and we make them top priority every single day, We owe our continued success to our dedicated employees. They are the reason for this recognition, and we look forward to attracting, cultivating and maintaining additional talent as we continue to grow our award-winning team. Our world needs Navigate360 and everyone who supports our meaningful initiatives,added Navigate360 Chief Human Resources Officer Alex Teodosio. About Navigate360  Navigate360 is the most widely chosen safety partner in the United States, protecting more than 50,000 districts, schools, law enforcement agencies, businesses and houses of worship nationwide. For more than 20 years, we’ve helped communities mitigate and reduce acts of violence with solutions backed by research and developed by industry experts. Through our complementary and integrated suite of safety and wellness solutions, we enable organizations to enhance their safety plans with threat detection and prevention, mental health and wellness, safety management and preparedness, and active shooter response training. The success of every Navigate360 partner is ensured with world-class, U.S.-based safety consultants who help customize, implement and support our solutions. About ERC For over 100 years, ERC has been a trusted resource for organizations in Northeast Ohio and around the country. ERC helps leaders build great workplaces through thought leadership, comprehensive data and HR solutions that include membership, training and professional development, consultative services, and more. ERC is the founder and producer of the NorthCoast 99 awards program and sponsors the ERC health insurance program for Ohio employers.

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Cooleaf Launches New Survey Tool to Measure eNPS (Employee Net Promoter Score)

Cooleaf | July 14, 2022

Cooleaf, the leading employee experience platform for high-performing teams, has introduced a new feature to help customers measure and boost their employee engagement. With Cooleaf's pulse survey tool, customers will now be able to easily schedule and deploy eNPS surveys to measure employee loyalty and collect actionable insights. What is eNPS? NPS, or Net Promoter Score, is a key metric to measure brand experience. NPS measures the likelihood of employees, customers, or to recommend your business to others with a one-question survey. For the employee experience, Employee Net Promoter Score, or eNPS, is measured by asking, "How likely is it that you would recommend our company to a friend or colleague?" Survey respondents are sorted into Promoters, Detractors, or Passives based on their answer, and eNPS is calculated by subtracting the percentage of Detractors from the percentage of Promoters. The shortness and simplicity of the eNPS survey makes it ideal for setting goals around employee engagement. "Employee Net Promoter Score is the quick and standard way to track employee loyalty and satisfaction within an organization, Now that the eNPS survey is built into the Cooleaf platform, we can help our customers deploy the survey on a regular basis and benchmark results over time. Organization leaders and HR teams can filter that data by team or department, and use it to drive their engagement strategy. When you combine that data with the engagement initiatives and tactics that Cooleaf provides, eNPS becomes a very powerful tool for improving company culture." -Jess White, Senior Director of Customer Success How it works HR leaders can access the eNPS survey tool within Cooleaf's Manager Dashboard. It only takes a few seconds to set up the survey, review the questions, and select your survey timeframe. To improve your survey participation score, teams can also choose to award Cooleaf Reward Points for anonymous survey completion. Watch this video to learn more. Once the survey has been deployed, managers can see the results, download reports, and track trends over time. As part of Cooleaf's engagement strategy, Cooleaf's Customer Success team will help identify opportunities and recommend engagement tactics during quarterly business reviews. About Cooleaf- Cooleaf is the leading solution for companies looking to drive extraordinary experiences for their employees, customers, and prospects. Through Cooleaf's platform, forward-thinking brands are empowered to listen to sentiment and signals through pulse surveys and SaaS platform integrations, take action to engage stakeholders through recognition, incentives, and virtual experiences and glean data insights through a powerful suite of analytics tools.

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