HR topics have been making a splash in headlines recently. All this news has a clear impact on our work as HR professionals, and it’s an exciting time to be in the profession. That said, it can be difficult to stay up-to-date! That’s why we’ve decided to bring top HR news stories to you.
Earlier in my career, I felt a lot like Jack Bauer from the hit TV show 24. I was always trying to “beat the clock” because I felt that time was going to run out on me. However, as my career progressed and my family grew, I started to think about things differently. My Outlook calendar became a reflection of my priorities…not the other way around.
Resilience is key for an employee’s well-being. Having well-being means, among other things, that employees are happier, more productive, and more loyal. As employers, we’re not hardwired to help employees deal with stress and other things that affect resilience. But maybe we should be.
‘Tis the season of distracted employees. Have you thought about cutting some holiday slack? Read how to turn holiday distractions into an office atmosphere that makes employees feel good about their place of employment and leverages that good will for year-round productivity.
Inspiring. That’s how I’d describe the experience of standing alongside TODAY’s Willie Geist as he announced his new partner for his Shine a Light project — the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children — on live TV.
A wise candy wrapper recently told me that “chocolate brings joy.” I won’t argue. But it did make me stop and think about what truly brings me joy, especially since we’re heading into the holidays. On the top of my list are the three F’s. . . Family, Faith, and Friends. In fourth place is work. But the joy I feel at work also supports my three F’s. Let me explain.
When your employees count their blessings this Thanksgiving, will they count their employer among them? With only 30% of American employees feeling actively engaged at work, chances are the answer to that question is “no.” So on this Thanksgiving, I encourage employers to consider what can you do to encourage engagement in your workplace.
The holidays are generally a joyful time of year, though it may be difficult for employees who will notice elder loved ones’ declining health firsthand. How can companies help ensure employees’ older relatives are safe and cared for year-round?
I’m often astounded by the EdAssist graduate school advising team, even as an EdAssist employee. They counsel people on everything they need to know: from applications and prerequisites, to their employer’s tuition policy, to managing work, school, and life. I wish I’d had this benefit when applying to grad school!
Folks will soon be turning their attention to W-2’s, 1040’s, and that all-important tax refund. But did you know that in 2009, 1.5 million taxpayers didn’t use the education tax breaks they were eligible for? Read how you as an employer can help employees’ financial well-being with education finance support.