Take steps to keep your employees from getting the commuter blues. Win their appreciation and loyalty in the process. Your employees spend an average 52 minutes on their daily commute to and from work. Sitting in traffic, dealing with a flat tire, or waiting for the bus or train, your employees may be dreaming of an easier commute. You can’t move your employees closer to your company or magically make traffic disappear, but there are many steps you can take to make commuting easier and less expensive. Your efforts also can increase worker loyalty and reduce turnover. … [Read more...] about Keep Commuting Conundrums from Causing Turnover Traffic
Data suggests that many employees aren’t saving enough for retirement. HR and finance leaders can partner to help develop plans that work for all employees. To succeed, these plans must:
- Be easily understood by employees.
- Be a differentiator when you are hiring and one that makes it difficult for your workers to leave for another job.
- Allow you to reward top performers.
- Give employees a choice between lump sums and fairly-priced lifetime income.
- Give employees confidence that they will be able to retire comfortably when the time comes.
Physician burnout is high; and according to a new report, it’s even higher among the generation in the middle. The study from Medscape says that nearly 48% of Gen X physicians (those aged 40 to 54) report burnout, compared to 38% of millennials and 39% of baby boomers. Among other findings:
- 42% of all physicians report feeling burned out; interestingly, this is down from 46% five years ago.
- Specialties reporting the highest levels of burnout include critical care, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, and urology.
- 48% of women report experiencing burnout, compared to 37% of men.
- The top contributors to burnout include too many bureaucratic tasks, spending too many hours at work, lack of respect from administrators/colleagues/staff, increasing computerization of practice, and insufficient compensation/reimbursement.
You need to customize, personalize, rethink, reorganize, analyze, plan ahead, and follow-up to make the most of computer-based training. You just downloaded some great educational software for staff training. You’re excited at first; then over weeks and months, you discover that it hasn’t had any impact or influence; and some departments aren’t even using it. What went wrong? The truth is that you can’t just distribute training materials—however good they are—to your employees and expect them to automatically embrace them. Learning is dynamic and very personal. For educational software to resonate with your teams, HR and other team leaders need to take some steps to customize high-tech learning. … [Read more...] about Make Training/Educational Software Hard for Workers to Resist
Your words have the ability to change how people feel and think. You can lift them up or knock them down. Here are some words you may be using that make others feel diminished and inferior:
- You’re in the way
Bill sponsors hope that by giving part-time workers access to more hours and benefits, they will have less need for multiple jobs to make ends meet. If you have employees who work fewer than 30-40 hours per week, you need to know about the Part-Time Worker Bill of Rights Act, which was introduced late last year to provide additional protections for these individuals. Among other things, it addresses work schedules that do not provide as many hours as these individuals need to support their families. … [Read more...] about New Legislation Will Expand Protections for Part-Time Workers
With unemployment at record lows and worker shortages facing many sectors of healthcare, it’s more important than ever to create and maintain an inclusive workplace. A few strategies for this include:
- Emphasizing the business case for diversity/inclusion with upper management, as well as customers and other external audiences.
- Recognizing and addressing bias.
- Practicing inclusive leadership. Create a safe space where all employees feel free to speak up and feel they are heard and welcome.
- Providing sponsorship programs that accelerate the progress of women and people of color by pairing them with experienced employees to coach/advise them over time.
- Holding leaders accountable. Make inclusion a core organizational value, and make sure all leaders live and breathe it (instead of just paying lip service to it).
Survey results offer some shocking insights into what job seekers say about how they prepare for interviews and how hiring managers act. You might be surprised what happens during job interviews, according to a new survey. Some eye-opening responses suggest that you may need to rethink how you conduct interviews and train others involved in hiring. Of nearly 2,000 workers surveyed, 88% say they believe their appearance can influence how others perceive their competence, and 63% think they’ve benefited from their appearance in an interview. Over half (54%) say they worry that some aspect of their appearance could cost them a job offer; so it’s not surprising that respondents say they spend over an hour thinking about and/or shopping for an outfit to wear to an interview. … [Read more...] about Flirting, Clothing Obsession, Relationship Questions: No, It’s Not Happy Hour; It’s a Job Interview
According to a recent survey, employers are prioritizing workers’ financial health in 2020. Among the findings:
- 70% say they already offer financial wellbeing benefits, and more than half say they expect to expand these this year.
- About half of employers say the have recently launched new financial wellbeing programs.
- 59% of HR respondents say they are spending more time supporting financial wellbeing benefits.
- More than one-fifth of respondents offer stock purchase programs. Others offer budgeting assistance, debt consolidation services, and tuition assistance.
It may seem like old news, but age discrimination is making headlines again. An ageism checkup now could prevent troubles down the road. Get ready. The U.S. House of Representatives is planning to vote on a bill that would reduce barriers for workers to prove age-based job discrimination. The Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act (H.R. 1230) would amend the Age Discrimination Employment Act (ADEA) to allow complaining individuals to use any type of evidence in presenting their claims. It also would clarify that complainants aren’t required to prove that a protected activity was the only cause of unlawful actions by an employer. … [Read more...] about Workplace Age Discrimination Comes Under New Scrutiny