Walmart to close on Thanksgiving, citing a 'trying year' for employees

Walmart | July 27, 2020

Walmart has decided to close all of its stores in the U.S. on Thanksgiving this year, for the first time since the late 1980s. The company also said its Sam's Club locations will be closed on the holiday this year. Walmart said it will operate at normal hours on Wednesday, Nov. 25, while Black Friday hours "will be shared at a later date." "We know this has been a trying year, and our associates have stepped up," John Furner, president and CEO of Walmart U.S., said in a statement. "We hope they will enjoy a special Thanksgiving Day at home with their loved ones." The company also announced a third round of cash bonuses amid the COVID-19 pandemic for store, club, distribution center and fulfillment center associates, totaling $428 million. The bonuses amount to $300 for full-time, hourly workers and $150 for part-time and temporary associates. The running total for the pandemic-related bonuses is $1.1 billion so far this year.

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The disruption in economic scenarios is forcing organizations to realign their human resources strategies to meet the new age challenges. The businesses are expecting much higher productivity and performance from the employees, managers and other stakeholders of the organization.


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Scaled Agile's Spring Launch Reveals Breakthrough Tools and Resources to Help SAFe® Professionals Navigate Digital Disruption

Scaled Agile, Inc. | March 25, 2022

Scaled Agile, Inc., provider of SAFe®, unveiled its Spring Launch with over 20 new features and resources designed to help SAFe professionals successfully transition skills from the classroom to the workplace. Focused on three areas, Lean Portfolio Management, organizing around value, and Release Train Engineer facilitation, the new offering includes workshops, practice and facilitation guides, e-learning, SAFe collaboration templates, and focused community sections. "Applying SAFe in real-world environments can be daunting, These new resources enable SAFe professionals to develop the specific skills needed to help their organizations accelerate digital innovation and achieve business agility. Those leading the adoption of Agile at scale will love the ability to learn what they need at the moment they need it, and business leaders will appreciate knowing that their teams can consistently deliver on the needs of a dynamic business." -Chris James, CEO of Scaled Agile, Inc. Key highlights of the Spring Launch include: Resources for Organizing Around Value: Organizing Around Value Community section, Practice Guide, and Collaborate Templates to get started on the Organizing Around Value journey. Value Stream Mapping Community section and Collaborate Templates to continue the journey. Business Agility Assessments to communicate and plan for success. Resources for Launching a Lean Portfolio: Getting Started Workshop for Lean Portfolio Management (LPM) class participants to prepare for the LPM implementation kickoff with field-tested patterns. LPM Practice Guide with interactive modules and embedded practice resources to ensure a successful Lean portfolio journey. The online resources help change agents align, organize, strategize, operate, govern, and measure a Lean portfolio. Leading in the Digital Age, a cohort-based leadership development program that supports leaders in their Lean-Agile journey. Resources for Release Train Engineers (RTE): Role-based Community section and RTE Essentials e-learning to help gain confidence on day one. Virtual iteration events, custom workshops, and virtual PI Planning with PI Event Facilitator Guides and SAFe collaboration tools. RTE Role-based Assessment and Team and Technical Agility Assessment and Growth Recommendations to measure success. Leading SAFe® is available in Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, and Brazilian Portuguese to support global members of an Agile Release Train. The new resources are available on the SAFe® Community Platform to all SAFe® Program Consultants and SAFe® Enterprise Members. In addition, LPM resources are available to LPM course attendees, and RTE resources are available to those with "RTE" selected as their role in the SAFe® Community Platform. About Scaled Agile, Inc.: Scaled Agile, Inc. is the provider of SAFe®, the world's most trusted system for business agility. Through integrated solutions that help teams unlock better ways of working, Scaled Agile is redefining the way the world's leading organizations identify and deliver customer value, capitalize on emerging opportunities, and improve business outcomes. Over 20,000 businesses and government agencies rely on SAFe and Scaled Agile's Global Partner Network to accelerate digital innovation and compete in a fast-changing marketplace. Scaled Agile is a contributing member of the Pledge 1% corporate philanthropy and community service movement.

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TALENT MANAGEMENT

Talentcare and Warehowz Announce Partnership to Solve Hiring Challenges for Warehouse and Logistics Clients

Talentcare | May 11, 2022

Talentcare, LLC, the leading platform of solutions to make hiring and retention easy, and Warehowz, an innovative logistics technology company in the "on-demand" warehousing industry, today announced partnership to solve hiring challenges for clients in the warehouse and logistics industry. Beginning today, Talentcare joins the Warehowz marketplace as its preferred provider of recruiting and hiring solutions. According to recent U.S. Labor Market insights from March 2022, it takes an average of 62 days to fill warehouse and logistics roles and only 58% of these open jobs are filled. "Collaborating with Warehowz, we're putting the "ship" in partnership, and delighted to be named a marketplace partner and introduce their clients to innovative solutions that will help them hire their frontline workforces, The struggle is real, and now is the time to get real and compete harder to win hires in the post-COVID labor market," -Eric Smith, CEO of Talentcare. "We work with warehouses and 3PLs every day who are limited in their ability to accept new business, The main factor is lack of available or appropriate personnel. They want to accept new business from us, and they want to be able to provide excellent servicing to our mutual clients. With Talentcare, we can offer them a solution to finding and recruiting the right talent in the right locations. This differentiates us and them in this tight marketplace." -Darrell Jervey, CEO of Warehowz. Talentcare's platform of solutions makes hiring easy, enabling clients to attract more of the right job candidates with recruitment marketing, become the employer of choice with employer branding and reputation management solutions, and more efficiently hire loyal, high-performing employees with applicant tracking and a curated partner ecosystem of talent solutions and integrations. Employers seeking to create a competitive advantage in their recruiting and hiring efforts are invited to connect with us to learn more and request a personalized demonstration. About Talentcare Mid-market companies and entrepreneurs trust Talentcare to ensure their growth and profit are never constrained by talent. Thousands of companies use Talentcare's platform of solutions to make hiring and retention of their frontline workforce easy. As a result, clients attract more of the right job candidates, become the employer of choice, and hire loyal, high-performing employees. About Warehowz Warehowz is an innovative logistics technology company in the "on-demand" warehousing industry, which means we connect businesses that need warehousing space and services with businesses that have capacity. We give your business access to space when you need it, where you need it and give you the ability to dynamically manage that space in a flexible logistics network. Through our cloud-based marketplace we make your storage and fulfillment contracts easy and allow you to choose your partners efficiently.

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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

Hired Expands to Help Companies Find Talent Worldwide As Demand for Remote Work Doubles

Hired | March 30, 2022

Hired, the leading AI-driven solution for tech and sales talent, today announced its next milestone as a company – enabling hiring on a global scale. Vetting and matching millions of candidates for over 10 years across key markets in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K., Hired is evolving its marketplace strategy: expanding its platform for the remote era to help employers find talent from anywhere and job seekers gain access to and pursue attractive (remote) work opportunities with top global companies. Demand for remote work has more than doubled in the last year on Hired's platform, with over 60% of employers and 90% of candidates on Hired now being open to remote work. While Hired was focused on matching employers with candidates in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. in the past, companies can now connect with job seekers from more than 100 countries following the platform's shift to remote hiring worldwide. Employers have visibility into candidates' upfront salary expectations, skills, years of experience – and now remote and time zone work preferences – to surface the best talent from anywhere and fill open roles quickly. "Hired has been a fantastic partner in helping us navigate this incredibly competitive talent market. We've been able to connect with so many qualified tech candidates and value their partnership to expand and find top remote talent, This has allowed us to quickly fill – and diversify – our talent pipeline. Having access to Hired's significant candidate network and platform capabilities as well as the team's recruiting expertise has been a game-changer in ramping up our hiring efforts in the most strategic and fastest way possible." -Jennifer Weiner, Senior Manager of Technical Recruiting at Zendesk. The rise of remote work has opened up the possibility for companies to hire globally with far more efficiency. Hired has partnered with leading global HR solutions Oyster and Remote to help employers more easily source, hire, onboard, and employ talent from anywhere. Through these partnerships, Hired customers have access to HR management solutions for international payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance, among other needs. For companies, using existing global staffing solutions or third-party agencies to bring on remote talent from anywhere comes with high costs that continue over the entire duration of an employees' tenure. Hired – when used in combination with Oyster or Remote – will reduce costs for employers and provide the best options to find and hire talent globally. Companies can also make an unlimited amount of hires with Hired's subscription model. "At Hired, we decided to go remote-first and hire globally in 2020 and have seen firsthand the positive impact it's had for our employees and business. We're excited to support companies who also see the value of a distributed workforce and enable access to a significantly larger, more diverse talent pool, With this global expansion, we also want to level the playing field for talent, providing them with equitable opportunities no matter where they're located. This is a natural next step for us as we continue to work towards our vision of making hiring more equitable and transparent." -Josh Brenner, CEO of Hired. To launch this new shift to enable remote hiring worldwide, Hired will be holding a one-day virtual event, Get Hired: The Future is Remote, on April 5, 2022, intended to bring together companies – including leading remote-first companies Dropbox, Glassdoor, and Hopin – to remote talent from 100+ countries. Over 2,500 candidates across 50+ tech roles are already registered for the online event. Learn more about the Get Hired summit here and register today! About Hired Hired is the most efficient way to fill tech and sales roles today. With unbiased insights, DEI tools, skill assessments, and dedicated Customer Success Managers, Hired works with over 10,000 companies around the world to match thousands of active and qualified candidates to employ their full potential. With better data, curated matches, and higher acceptance rates, employers save an average of 45 sourcing hours per role with the Hired solutions suite. Backed by The Adecco Group, Hired is rated by G2 as a leader in Recruiting Automation, Job Search Sites, and Diversity Recruiting.

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