Tag: pandemic

To What Extent Should Performance Appraisals Take COVID Into Consideration?

Performance reviews are a critical part of employee management. Unfortunately, they’re often given little attention by companies around the country. Even the best companies routinely limit formal performance reviews to once per year, with busy managers often scrambling to complete them at the last minute. This typical scenario fails to provide meaningful feedback to substantially […]

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Employee Attitudes on the Return to Business Travel

Not so long ago, business travel was a key component of the work lives of countless employees who experienced the familiar ritual of Monday morning and Thursday evening flights and continental breakfasts at major hotel chains. The COVID-19 pandemic, of course, had grounded the vast majority of business travel to a halt. But, now that […]

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The Next Health Challenge for Employers: Navigating Flu Season Amid a Pandemic

Living through a pandemic has taught us many things, chief among them being that just when you think you’ve adapted to a new normal, it’s already changed. Viruses evolve, as do our responses. Today, we have a better understanding of how the virus spreads and vaccines that are effective and readily available. But we’re also […]

Accommodating Hearing and Visually Impaired Employees During Remote Work

Some of the often-hidden experiences in many offices even before the COVID-19 pandemic triggered a widespread shift to remote work have been the experiences of hearing and visually impaired employees. With a broad shift to remote work, these employees are often finding it more difficult than before to perform their basic job duties. Accommodating the […]

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The Challenge of the Hybrid Meeting

At one point, very early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, the assumption of many was that traditional work life would essentially return to normal once the pandemic had subsided. In other words, there would essentially be a blip in the persistent normal way of doing things: a pre-COVID “normal”; a temporary COVID-era remote period; and […]

Keep Conversation Going With Employees as They Return to In-Person Work

It was only a year ago that work-from-home became the norm in most of our households. Overnight, employers and employees were forced to adjust the way they live and work, while following COVID-19 guidelines. Just when it seemed routines were established, a new school year began. And it left employees with more questions than answers: […]

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How to Get Ahead of Pandemic ‘Rage Quitting’

Compared with a year ago, the labor market is in much better shape. True, many employers are struggling to fill openings, but the latest Adzuna data shows jobseekers flooding back into the market this September to meet this unprecedented demand. The somewhat unexpected downside of growing job opportunities is that we’re also seeing much higher-than-usual […]

Keeping Staff Engaged While Work-from-Home Drags On

Just a few weeks ago, we, along with businesses and HR observers around the country, were discussing the logistics of bringing staff back to the office as the COVID-19 pandemic wanes and fades away. What a difference a few weeks can make! With COVID resurging in the form of the Delta variant, businesses that had […]

Retaining Employees in a Job Market Full of Greener Pastures

Millions of workers are looking for jobs while millions of employers are having a hard time filling open positions. At this time last year, COVID-19 swept across the world and disrupted life as we know it. Millions lost their jobs while those who were still employed hunkered down and waited out the outcome and outbreak. […]

Taking on Mental Health Challenges Post-Pandemic

Until relatively recently, companies that focused meaningfully on their employees’ mental health were few and far between. Employees who struggled with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, or other mental health issues were largely expected to manage those issues outside of work or face the possibility of being seen as not “cut out” for the job.