With workers at different locations in an array of categories, technology can help you ensure a united, productive team even in these challenging times. Regardless of your business model, your organization is likely to be using more gig workers in the coming months and years. Whatever your needs and requirements are, there are some gig economy apps to help you manage this workforce category. … [Read more...] about Gig Workers Can Be the Apple of Your Eye with Innovative Apps
Your workplace can be affecting your employees’ wellbeing. Look around for ways to keep everyone happy, healthy, and productive – even in times of stress. Back in May, the World Health Organization predicted a “massive increase in mental health conditions” caused by pandemic-related anxiety and isolation. Since then, digital platforms such as Talkspace have reported spikes in activity; and a Kaiser Family Foundation survey says that more than half of American adults report that the pandemic has worsened their mental health. Despite your best efforts, many of your workers may be hurting. Consider how you can change and adapt their environment to boost their mood and reduce their anxieties as they return to the workplace. … [Read more...] about From Chaotic to Comfortable: How the Right Environment Can Maximize Workplace Mental Health
Consider these innovative ways to show employees that their safety is a top priority…now and into the future. Your employees and colleagues, whether they’ve been working onsite or functioning remotely, increasingly will look to organizational leaders to keep them safe and healthy in the months (and years) ahead. This means going beyond business as usual; and it will take more than hand sanitizer dispensers in the lobby and the break room. Don’t wait until a second wave of COVID-19 or another health crisis hits to strategically plan for the new normal of workplace safety. … [Read more...] about Workers Are Counting on You to Keep Them Safe Post-COVID: Are You Ready?
Do your teams love or hate virtual meetings and events? It’s up to you to make sure these activities are engaging, energetic, productive, and pleasurable for participants. Here’s how. Team communication has become a challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many organizations have turned to videoconferencing technology to keep people connected and engaged. While these interactions can be productive and even fun, they also can be frustrating and burdensome. Read on for strategies to ensure that you and your colleagues use the right videoconferencing technology for the right purposes to get the right results. … [Read more...] about To Zoom or Not To Zoom
A great dashboard is key to capturing, interpreting, and using data, but it doesn’t just happen. You have to create it. A dashboard can quickly provide key insights, identify issues that need to be addressed, and facilitate focused problem solving. You need to build a great dashboard that is informative and actionable for you and your organization. That takes time, trial and error, and broad buy-in. Read on for tips to create a dashboard that drives success. … [Read more...] about Is Your Dashboard Divine? It Should Be.
Cybercriminals are already taking advantage of people’s pandemic fears and concerns to implement new phishing campaigns. Don’t let them succeed. Hackers are hoping that crisis-related distractions and eagerness for new COVID-19 information will cause workers to lower their guards and open phishing emails and links. Add to the fact that many employees are working from home and/or using new or unfamiliar devices; and trouble is just a click away. Fortunately, you can help stop these hackers in their tracks. … [Read more...] about Ramp Up Cybersecurity to Prevent COVID-19 Scams from Hurting Your Business, Employees
This is the next high-tech game-changer, and it will have a huge impact on your organization and how your teams work. Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past year, you’ve heard about the advent of 5G. However, you’re not alone if you don’t know exactly what it is or how it will impact your business. Help is on the way. Read on for details about 5G, how it works, and what it will mean to your organization. … [Read more...] about Don’t Be Blindsided: Get Ready Now for 5G
Technology promotes productivity, but it also can boost burnout if it adds time-consuming steps and reduces personal interactions. It wasn’t too long ago that workers were tethered to desktop computers, and laptops and mobile devices were unheard of. In fact, today’s digital workplace bears little resemblance to the same space 20 years ago. All of these changes have improved productivity and efficiency, but they also have caused stress. According to one study, 61% of employees think that the pace of change in technology is too fast; and more than half worry about losing their job due to automation or because they lack the skills to keep up. As software and other digital tools evolve, HR and other leaders need to keep employees trained, engaged, and motivated. By keeping their eyes on the prize, they can prevent the stress and burnout that lead to turnover. … [Read more...] about How to Tackle the Human Challenges of the Digital Workplace
You need to customize, personalize, rethink, reorganize, analyze, plan ahead, and followup 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
Hiring managers are impressed when job seekers use technology creatively. However, there are some deal breakers that turn off employers. According to a new survey, nearly half of hiring managers say they are impressed by job candidates who connect with them via social media. They also like applicants who promote themselves through online portfolios or personal websites. However, managers are more likely to avoid candidates who use Bitmojis (expressive cartoon avatars), caricatures, and colorful fonts or backgrounds on applications. They also are turned off by individuals who "overshare" on websites or social medial posts. … [Read more...] about Sure, You Want Applicants to Be Creative, But Are Cartoons a Bridge Too Far?