U.S. Senate Federal Credit Union Puts People First in the Age of the Coronavirus

PR Newswire | April 14, 2020

In early March when the Coronavirus pandemic was becoming a truly serious issue in the US, many companies and organizations had to act swiftly and responsively to ensure their companies could keep up with the socio-economical demands related to the pandemic. While some businesses were already equipped to handle the ever-changing shifts in doing business, others were simply faced with not being able to meet these new challenges and demands. One such organization that had big hurdles to cross was the United States Senate Federal Credit Union (USSFCU) in Alexandria, Virginia. USSFCU's entire workforce was predominantly in-office only and without any expectation to move an entire workforce to work remotely. Additionally, some employees simply could not work from home. The Credit Union seemed to face a daunting task to move its entire operation from an in-office only operation to a remote-only operation in just a few weeks. This task landed squarely in the lap of USSFCU President and CEO, Timothy L. Anderson.  The change had to happen to safeguard USSFCU members' health as well as the health and wellness of the USSFCU workforce. Anderson and his team had an uphill battle but it was a battle they were determined to win.

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Technology is evolving at breakneck speed. A productive and successful business is one thatchooses its technology wisely and ensures the necessary support mechanisms are in place to deliver round-the-clock availability. Just one hour of business downtime may be catastrophic to any business and its reputation. Some automated processes, for example hardware failover, are helpful in providing temporary patches and work-arounds. However, nothing is more valuableor reassuring than a highly-skilled in-house technical team member who can solve problems and engineer better ways of doing business.

Success in today’s workplace depends on employees’ digital knowledge and skills. Focusing on eight essential skills can keep your technical team and organization protected from costly data breaches and open up time for thoughtful innovation. This paper explains how embedding essential key skills within your IT team can keep your organization’s data safe, encourage employee productivity and deliver real benefits to the business.


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HR STRATEGY

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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RECRUITMENT & RETENTION

HR Tech Disruptor HiBob Partners with Deputy to Streamline Administration of Shift Employees

HiBob | May 13, 2022

Modern HR platform and people management disruptor HiBob today announces a partnership with workforce management and shift scheduling platform Deputy. The integration of the two HR software platforms is designed to help companies and their employees save time by eliminating duplicative manual data entry for HR managers and team leaders. Both tools aim to streamline employee administration and provide an easier, more collaborative world at work. The product integration synchronizes data from Bob to Deputy, allowing customers to manage their shift employees in Deputy without having to manually input the data. The customer can create, activate, update, and deactivate a shift employee using this integration. The integration eliminates administrative headaches, leaving room for HR and company leaders to allocate more time towards driving an overall positive employee experience. With the continuing challenge of attracting and retaining top talent, this partnership is a strategic complement for Bob customers with shift workers as it increases employee productivity and engagement through quick and easy schedule sharing and streamlined communication. "With our Deputy partnership, we are pleased to give our customers an enhanced solution for tracking time and attendance for shift work, lifting the administrative burden off of HR professionals. They are relieved of duplicative data entry and can focus their valuable time on retention and hiring, We believe that modern companies are offering more work flexibility than ever before in regard to when you work, how long you work, and much more – making the Deputy partnership a synergetic solution for increased flexibility. Together, we look forward to giving companies and their people a better overall work experience." -Ronni Zehavi, CEO of HiBob. Both serving modern, mid-sized, multinational companies, HiBob and Deputy share commitments to increase employee engagement and productivity. Because of the two companies' dedication to being easy to use, efficient, and streamlined, HiBob and Deputy had many shared clients before the partnership began. The integration allows shared clients to easily sync employee information across the two platforms, while captivating new clients with the appeal of creating seamless HR processes and better employee experience. "HR has so many challenges to continue to drive value in difficult circumstances - a skills and workforce crisis with a (rightly) ever more demanding employee base. And who want useful and highly integrated business tools that deliver personalized, relevant information at the right moment. Deputy and HiBob represent this new world of design led apps that employees enjoy." -David Kelly, General Manager EMEA at Deputy About HiBob HiBob was founded to modernize HR tech. HiBob's intuitive and data-driven platform, Bob, was built for the way people work today: globally, remotely, and collaboratively. Since its launch in late 2015, HiBob has achieved consecutive triple-digit year-over-year revenue growth, and become the HRIS of choice for more than 2,000 modern, midsize and multinational companies who understand that a powerful, agile HR tech suite is mission critical and a key driver of organizational success. Fast-growing companies across the globe such as Monzo, Happy Socks, Gong, Fiverr, and VaynerMedia rely upon Bob to help HR and managers connect, engage, develop and retain top talent. About Deputy Deputy helps businesses spend less time on managing staff scheduling and more time focusing on quality care. It's how 320,000 workplaces across the world have improved the efficiency of their teams while reducing their admin workload. Our software's power, simplicity, and mobility has earned us more than 320,000 happy customers — who are our greatest advocates. With Deputy, you're not just saving time and money. You're making life easier for your teams and helping them provide better service.

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WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT

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 STRATEGY

Office Evolution's Flexible Workspaces Helps Connect Northern Virginia and Washington DC Area Businesses

Office Evolution's Flexible Workspaces | May 19, 2022

While companies throughout the Washington, D.C. area look for new ways to maintain productivity, innovation, and connection in remote work settings, Office Evolution provides them with the perfect solution. The coworking provider is continuing to address demand and help both small businesses and entrepreneurs in Virginia by offering them affordable coworking spaces close to home. According to fairfaxcountyeda.org, more than 90 percent of local businesses in Northern Virginia are small ones, showcasing how important having flexible workspaces closer to home is for the area. The brand currently has four local Virginia locations in key business hubs, including Herndon, Tysons Corner, Fairfax, and Arlington-Rosslyn. "In northern Virginia, we make it convenient for local, small businesses to easily find office space, With locations throughout the area, businesses can easily tap into our flexible workspace options and secure the space they need to be successful. Each one of our franchise owners and Office Evolution members are a part of our Ohana – Hawaiian for family, That means we work together to collaborate and help support each other. Washington, D.C., and surrounding suburbs benefit from our collaborative community of entrepreneurs who have found a space where they can connect and thrive." -Mark Hemmeter, Founder and CEO of Office Evolution. Members benefit from being part of a nation-wide network of coworking locations where they have access to 73 other business locations in 25 states when travelling. Office Evolution is part of United Franchise Group's Coworks division which provides the largest privately owned affiliated coworking network of flexible office space franchises in the world. Office Evolution's network of locally operated locations provides remote workers and business owners with access to affordable workspace close to home with flexible terms. These spaces are where innovation happens and business performance is enhanced. Businesses of all sizes are shifting their focus towards flexible workspaces to get out of the home while avoiding the expenses and restrictions inherent in traditional office space. This transition from traditional workspaces to more flexible options in suburban markets has positioned Office Evolution perfectly for growth. "Office Evolution is the ideal solution for companies and entrepreneurs alike, People are looking for the amenities of a downtown office but want to work close to home. Now that travel for business is back, having access to a large network of flexible office space is a strategic advantage, especially in influential areas like Virginia and Washington DC." -Jason Anderson, President of Coworks. About Office Evolution Office Evolution® (OE), a shared workspace – coworking environment, cultivated on the principles of 'Ohana', the Hawaiian tradition referencing family working towards a common goal. OE was founded in 2003 in Boulder, Colorado by Mark Hemmeter a lifelong entrepreneur and real estate enthusiast from Hawaii. In 2022, Office Evolution joined Coworks™ the largest privately held affiliated coworking franchise network on the planet, associated with United Franchise Group™ (UFG), a successful community of affiliated brands and consultants. Office Evolution is serious about supporting small business owners – the Dreamers, Risk-Takers and Doers who dare to chase their passions. About Coworks Coworks™ specializes in franchising within the coworking industry, offering solutions, expertise, and shared service options within the flexible workspace franchise community. Part of the United Franchise Group™ (UFG) family of affiliated brands and consultants, Coworks was founded in 2021 by Ray Titus, founder and CEO of United Franchise Group, with the express intention of building a framework to connect a variety of coworking brands, services, and amenities within the coworking industry, providing the largest privately owned affiliated franchise network of flexible, professional, and shared office space options on the planet.

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Technology is evolving at breakneck speed. A productive and successful business is one thatchooses its technology wisely and ensures the necessary support mechanisms are in place to deliver round-the-clock availability. Just one hour of business downtime may be catastrophic to any business and its reputation. Some automated processes, for example hardware failover, are helpful in providing temporary patches and work-arounds. However, nothing is more valuableor reassuring than a highly-skilled in-house technical team member who can solve problems and engineer better ways of doing business.

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