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HR Response to COVID-19

In late March 2020, Insightlink Communications offered a survey to HR professionals in which they could share their organizations’ actions, thoughts, responses and concerns regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. The 109 participants are from a wide variety of industries, ranging in size from just 17 employees up to 90,000 employees, across a wide array of for-profit industries, non-profits/NGOs and governmental organizations.

These HR professionals describe the struggles their organizations are facing as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, the strategies they are using to protect their employees and their businesses, lessons already learned and concerns for the future.

 

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Simple Steps To Make An Office Environmentally-Friendly

83% of Americans are looking for ways to lead more sustainable lives, but when it comes to going to work, it can be difficult to do this if employers aren’t on the same page. Many employees want to see their employer making efforts to go green, but often can’t compromise their paycheck to work somewhere that does. Carrying out employee surveys will help companies see what areas their workers want to see changes and become involved in the process.

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Coronavirus Guidance for HR

CDC is asking employers to do all they can to slow Coronavirus

How should HR, supervisors and managers respond to these concerns? How it might impact their employees and what resources are available to help? To begin with:

  • Make sure employees who are sick stay home until their symptoms resolve. 
     
  • Encourage remote working if possible. Telework is a critical tool for reducing the spread of sickness by minimizing face-to-face contact, and maintaining business continuity if employees are asked to self-isolate or quarantine. 
     
  • Remind employees that work travel must be limited and/or restricted in some cases
     
  • Encourage employees to follow simple precautions to prevent the spread of disease.
     
  • Strongly encourage canceling or postponing large in-person meetings and events or using video technology instead of live gatherings.

Here are some additional resources for HR:

SHRM - Coronavirus Preparedness Plan

HR Executive - Coronavirus Communications

Entrepreneur - How Business Should Handle Coronavirus

 

 

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Can you tell the story of your brand? Can your team?

Now that we understand the value of onboarding, employee engagement and leadership, let’s turn to developing an effective tool that can help with all three – the brand story.

My goal is to have every company, no matter their size, get rid of their mission, vision and values statements.
 
WHY?
 
No one remembers them, and even fewer people live them and make decisions that affect the company based upon them.
 
Mission, vision, and value statements are words on a wall or letterhead that are taught to new employees on their first day of employment and then never reinforced. Companies do not use these statements as a compass when making corporate decisions; when laying out new policies or procedures or if they do, they certainly do not tie them back effectively to the original mission, vision and value statements.
 
 
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3 Ways to Promote Sustainable Commuting in Your Workplace

With environmentalism no longer a niche cause and now firmly at the forefront of the average commuter’s conscience, thinking green can now be considered the norm. As such, businesses big and small across the world are beginning to implement eco-friendly practices within their operations, in an effort to satisfy consumer demand and, in ethical terms, to reduce their contributions to global pollution and waste.

 
But how do you instil a similar mentality in your employees to ensure your business operates sustainably from the ground up? Well, today, we’re looking at exactly that - offering up three ways you can promote more environmental forms of commuting within your workforce, reducing the use of cars (one of the biggest causes of pollution) as a result.
 
 
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Are Your Employees Really Engaged?

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Employee engagement is the key to the success of any company long-term.

Do your employees care about the work they do and your customers, or are they simply coming to work day after day, week after week, year after year and producing the minimal effort needed to guarantee that they will continue to receive a paycheck every two weeks?
  
Your company is only as valuable as your unhappiest employee on their worst day.
 
Think about it! 
 
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The 4Cs Action Planning Workbook: How to Turn Your Employee Survey Results Into Lasting Change

"SOCQ" It to Your Action Planning

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Implementing an effective action plan after conducting an employee survey is the essential next step for a number of reasons. First and foremost, making improvements to your work environment and helping knock down barriers to your employees’ success should be the reason you did the survey in the first place. Equally important, asking your employees to share their thoughts and opinions through a survey and then ignoring the results is actually worse than not doing a survey in the first place and damage employee’s trust and confidence in the organization.
 
So what does a great action plan look like? We know from experience that there is no “one-size-fits- all” approach and flexibility is key. In some organizations, strategic planning is very “top down” while in others it is very decentralized. Survey action planning should work the same as other similar processes in your organization. Also, some groups require the structure of a formal planning process while other groups may be equally effective using a more informal approach.

 

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5 Easy Ways to Ensure Employee Safety in the Office

According to the recently published data from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 2.8 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2018, with 2019 statistics still not available. With this in mind, ensuring employee safety around the office is of paramount importance and one of the fundamental elements of business management.

 
It’s also a legal requirement to provide a safe working environment for all employees, so to help you implement best practice in your organization, the packaging specialists at No1 Packaging will be sharing a number of actionable steps you can take to bolster safety in your office. As a result, this will not only prioritize the health and wellbeing of your employees, but it can also contribute to improved staff morale and productivity in the process - a win-win for your business and your employees.
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Onboarding, The Forgotten Step in Hiring

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Employers spend hundreds of millions of dollars collectively hiring people every year, but on average, employee turnover is over fifteen percent.
That means that if we assume that every employee lost costs your company $100k to replace and you have fifty employees, this could cost upwards of $750,000 a year for your company in after-tax dollars.
 
The problem is, too many companies are not looking at the cost of losing employees, but only at the cost of hiring them. They do not realize what losing people year after year does to morale, what it does to company culture and how much revenue is lost due to lost productivity, customers leaving with employees, and customers just leaving because they feel that they are no longer being taken care of.
 
 
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3 Reasons to Make Your Business More Eco-Friendly

With many of us now recognising that we're living through a climate emergency, businesses across the globe are beginning to take steps towards a greener future - and if you’re not already part of the phenomenon, now might be the time to get involved.

 
Join us as we lift the lid on 3 crucial reasons why you should consider moving your business in a more eco-friendly direction.
 
1. Promote a positive brand image
2. Save time and money
3. Strengthen the business/employee bond
 
 
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