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 frustration 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?
Virtual mental healthcare services can improve employee health and productivity while reducing costs and absenteeisms. We share much with our neighbors from the north, including mental health issues in the workplace. According to statistics, 500,000 Canadians are unable to go to work each week due to poor mental health. This is estimated to cost $50 billion annually and accounts for up to 40% of short-term disability claims. Now many employers in Canada are finding great success with a virtual care service to address employees’ mental health issues 24/7. There is much to learn from their experience. … [Read more...] about Plug into Mental Health Services that Charge Up Engagement, Outcomes
Top HR leaders talk about technology that will give you an edge over the competition in the new year. Increasingly, HR departments are leveraging technology to be more savvy and efficient in service delivery, record-keeping, communication, and benefits management. Read on to see what leading experts say are hot HR tech trends for 2020. … [Read more...] about HR in 2020: Leveraging Technology Will Land Big Results
Voice-activated devices aren’t just for the home anymore. They are playing a growing role in the workplace, saving time and improving employee engagement. While we’ve all been using Siri, Alexa, and other voice-activated applications for years, they are now coming to the workplace. Vendors such as Ceridian and IBM have clients that use voice response as an alternative to typing on computers or swiping on mobile devices for popular transactions related to key workforce metrics. … [Read more...] about Siri, Welcome to the Workforce