It’s easy to define your vibe when you’re a fledgling startup when all of your employees are around the same foosball table. But culture can get away from you when you grow into a national or global success. How can your preserve your culture across the miles?
The new law provides a lot of promise to those looking for ways to improve the quality of life of their children without jeopardizing eligibility for government benefits. But it’s understandably confusing to many.
There’s no question that creativity requires not just the ideas, but the capacity to act on them. And it’s no exaggeration to say that in modern society, that kind of capacity can be in short supply.
A well-crafted dependent-care strategy isn’t a hit-or-miss assemblage; it’s a carefully created puzzle, with the ROI – in avoided absenteeism, engaged parents – as the prize.
Last year can be summed up as the year of the talent competition – and not the fun kind. As SHRM put it, “Job openings in our country’s labor force remain at near-record levels, and many HR professionals have cited challenges with finding qualified applicants for their vacancies.”
Bright Horizons’ Mary Lou Burke Afonso writes about Bright Horizons’ thousands of employees, the organization’s commitment to making sure they all feel connected to the culture and each other, and the importance of personal relationships in that equation.
The New Year brings challenges for recruiters. Eileen Smith, Bright Horizons’ vice president of recruitment and temporary staffing who oversees the hiring of more than 8000 people annually, answers questions about recruiting strategies at Bright Horizons.
Benefits usage isn’t a communication problem; it’s a marketing issue. “It’s easy to forget that marketing benefits is a campaign,” says Dave Shaby, senior vice president of marketing at Bright Horizons. So to get employees to engage, you have to think like you’re running a campaign.
Today’s employees want more from a job than a paycheck and a place to go for eight hours a day. Employers that adopt culture-centric approaches to business become not just coveted workplaces, but also, not coincidentally, financial success stories.
Skills gaps discussions often focus exclusively on the hand-off between retiring Boomers and Millennials. But Gen X has a key role to play, too. It will be Gen X taking the leadership reins from Boomers, becoming the pivotal players who keep organizations afloat. And they’ll need their employer’s help to do it.