Tag: 2021

2021: A Progress Report

My last contribution to this blog happened to be the first post of 2021. I titled it “Welcome, 2021. Let’s Talk …” and offered up some lighthearted suggestions for how the new year could improve on 2020’s nightmarish experience. One “suggestion” I gave to our new year was the following:

How American Rescue Plan Act Affects Employers

President Joe Biden recently signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). The measure was passed on party-line votes in the Senate (50-49) and the House, where only one Democrat crossed over to oppose it. The final bill differs from an earlier House-passed version. Some provisions were eliminated for procedural reasons while others were […]

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Are Cover Letters Still Valuable to Hiring Managers in 2021?

There’s no question that résumés remain critical pieces of the recruiting process. It’s arguable that they’ve become even more relevant in recent years, thanks to applicant tracking systems that parse their text to accelerate candidate screening. But what about cover letters? In the age of online recruiting, “text speak,” and short attention spans, do these […]

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How HR Can Address Staff Redundancies with Tact and Diplomacy

The pandemic is causing leaders to navigate a broad range of interconnected issues that span from keeping their employees and customer safe, shoring up cash and liquidity, reorienting operations, and navigating complicated government support programs. Add to this the effects of fluctuating global financial markets, increased competition across multiple sectors, and recent unrest caused by […]

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5 Reasons to Update Your Employee Handbook in 2021

I often tell clients one of the most important documents they need to have is an employee handbook, and it needs to be up to date and legally compliant. Why? An out-of-date, an inaccurate, or a poorly written handbook really can do more harm than good. If you don’t have a handbook, put one in […]

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Wild 2020 Highlights Key Challenges and Opportunities for 2021

2020 was a remarkable year in so many ways, ranging from public health crises, economic turmoil, and business and workplace disruptions to racial and social justice movements and political fireworks. Amid all the chaos, a few themes stand out particularly strongly: the importance of inclusiveness, the need for adaptability, and the power of change. Each […]

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Recruiters Should Expect Competition in 2021

In an advanced economy, it’s typically a company’s workforce that sets it apart from its competition, meaning companies need to work hard to ensure they recruit and retain the top talent in the market. And just as companies compete for market share when selling their products or services, they also compete with other employers for […]

Recruiters: This Year’s Projections

COVID-19 and all it brought in 2020 took a toll on the economy worldwide. While the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has downgraded its expected world economic growth in 2021 from 5.4% to 5.2%, we still see hiring being a key area of focus for companies in the new year.