The overall unemployment rate fell to 6.2% in February—its lowest point since April of last year. While that number does not tell the whole story, it does indicate that some industries have begun massive hiring undertakings to get back to their pre-COVID levels. Hopefully, with the increasing vaccine rollout, others are soon to follow.
Tag: HR professionals
The transition to remote work amid COVID-19 was a daunting challenge for many companies, but the advantages of moving beyond the traditional office environment—from flexibility to cost-effectiveness—have become more and more obvious over the past year. Employees have been surprisingly productive from home, and companies have made it clear they’ll continue to rely on remote […]
Many companies struggle with performance reviews. Modern performance appraisal methods typically consist of scheduled interviews, compensation discussions, and self-evaluation. When necessary, reviewers also offer ways for underperforming employees to improve.
Hackers and scammers evolve every day to find new ways to compromise your security. There are many dedicated individuals out there fighting against these efforts, and today’s “Faces of HR” guest works at one. She was kind enough to share with us her tips for other HR professionals to get in the right mind-set about […]
The past year has seen major disruption in nearly every aspect of our work lives, and that disruption was perhaps felt the most in HR departments. With complicated COVID-related reopening measures, furloughs and layoffs, facilitating communication, reevaluations of benefits, and the current rehiring process, HR professionals have needed to alter their strategies and adopt a […]
My personal opinion, for whatever that’s worth, is that performance reviews do more harm than good. Most people have different feedback needs, and memorializing their flaws in documentation can make otherwise excellent employees head for the door. I am not alone in that belief. Today’s “Faces of HR” guest feels similarly; that’s why she eliminated […]
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 […]
The year 2020 was an exhausting one for HR professionals, who were faced with constant workplace challenges ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic to social movements to the presidential election. Now that it’s (thankfully) in our past, we can use the obstacles we faced to frame a better, brighter 2021. Here are some HR goals to […]
Considering that the vast majority of Americans live paycheck to paycheck and 40% struggle to cover a $400 emergency expense, it’s no wonder why so many employees consider themselves functionally uninsured despite being covered by their employer’s health plan. The standard employer-sponsored health plan comes with nearly an $8,000 out-of-pocket expense. And, when an employer’s price […]
Among all the hugely consequential actions coming out of 2020 is the election of a new president. There is no shortage of daylight between President Joe Biden and Donald Trump on many key issues.