Category Archives: HR Practice

Overwork Is Not a Strategy for Response to the Pandemic

Employees have been through more than a year of fatigue and trauma from the Pandemic. Workers are tired of being teachers, caregivers, cooks, housekeepers, and full-time employees. They are Zoomed out. Although we are not out of the pandemic woods just yet, now might be a good time to give people a break. Let them get some rest.

Last week, we celebrated National Library Workers Day. It was a day set aside to highlight the critical role library workers play … Read the rest

How to Truly See the Most Qualified Candidates from a Different Perspective

With recent discussions concerning social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, many hiring managers make a conscious effort to find candidates from diverse backgrounds. Efforts to diversify a workplace often lead to someone commenting that “the most qualified person should get the job.” The author of this article suggests that discussing merit in response to diversity implies that your library/company does not believe diverse candidates are qualified. The author asserts the idea that “diversifying your candidate slate doesn’t mean compromising for … Read the rest

How to Keep Women on the Job Through COVID-19 and Beyond

If you have paid attention to the news, you have probably heard that a record number of women —between 2 and 3 million— have left the workforce since the pandemic began due, in many instances, to childcare and other caregiving duties. This brief report says that the economic fallout of the pandemic has disproportionately affected women. Thousands of women lost jobs during this past year. Women who remain in the workforce with caregiving responsibilities are stretched thin and look for Read the rest

Is Hiring for Culture Fit Perpetuating Bias?

In recent years, there has been a lot of discussion about hiring for fit. Often, this has led to hiring managers selecting candidates who are just like them, creating organizations without much diversity. Organizations need to reevaluate and ensure that the way they screen for culture fit gives everyone an equal chance. This article shares how hiring for culture fit might be perpetuating bias and offers suggestions for hiring managers. One contributor to the article said, “When it comes to Read the rest

How HR Can Foster Workplace Civility in Divided Times

If you have watched the news at all over the last year, you know that tensions might be running high in the U.S. (and in the world, really). Feelings over politics and social justice can easily spill into the workplace. Maintaining workplace civility can be a challenge. 

With more people working from home and meeting virtually, many of the visual cues and verbal filters that restrain discussions are missing. Employers can play a crucial role in helping staff to Read the rest

Dealing with the Death of an Employee

Death is not something that most people sit around thinking about. It can be a difficult topic to address. However, some people lost loved ones during this past year. Some may have even had to plan services for loved ones. Let’s face it, 2020 was difficult for many people for so many reasons. Hopefully, things will get better soon. Unfortunately, however, until a larger percentage of the population is vaccinated, we will probably see more deaths. What do you do Read the rest

How Managers Can Make One-On-One Check-Ins More Effective

As a manager, do you schedule regular meetings with your direct reports, or do you wait until an issue arises before planning a meeting? Do you have an agenda for each meeting, or do you “go with the flow?” Do you begin meetings chatting about life in general, or do you stay focused only on work-related topics? How often do you begin check-ins with your employees by asking, “How are things going?” Do you listen to their responses, or do Read the rest

Eight Ways You Can Offer Employee Support During the COVID Era

Although vaccines for COVID-19 have begun to be administered in the United States and other countries, it is likely to be several months before vaccinations will be readily available for the “common” folks. Even when it is available, surveys suggest that people may be reluctant to take the vaccine. In fact, 42% of U.S. adults said they would not get a vaccine. There is still a level of mistrust and uncertainty as we continue to wait for positivity rates to Read the rest

Virtual Holiday Celebration Ideas for Employees

This time of year usually brings together many teams, departments and all-staff for holiday celebrations. But we are still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. We need to remain responsible and vigilant when it comes to the safety of employees. This means that we cannot safely host our normal holiday parties. So many employers are planning on virtual celebrations. However, there is, understandably, a lot of Zoom fatigue. It does not matter how great your internet connection is — Read the rest

Psychological Safety at Work

Do your staff feel comfortable being themselves at work? Do they feel free to make contributions and to challenge the status quo? Do your employees believe that their coworkers and managers will not embarrass, reject, verbally attack, or punish them for speaking up? If you answered no to any of these questions, the chances are that your staff does not have a sense of psychological safety at work. This article explains that “psychological safety represents an organization’s climate and culture.” Read the rest