Category Archives: HR Practice

Key Mistakes Leaders are Making

What is the most important asset your library has? Is it the books and other materials you loan to patrons? Could it be the technology used to enhance your programs and services? How about your library staff? Over the last couple of decades, employers have tended to place a high value on investment in technology and innovation. However, the pandemic has caused many employers to view their assets in a different light. Employers may finally be starting to re-evaluate the … Read the rest

Stress Awareness Isn’t a Strategy — It’s Only a Start

There was a time when managers told employees to “leave their personal lives at the door” when they entered the workplace. We’ve come to realize how ridiculous this idea is. People don’t go to work with part of themselves. No matter how much we may try to compartmentalize our lives, it’s not realistic. If a parent is forced to go to work when she has a sick child at home, she will be worried about the child. She may feel … Read the rest

How to Help Support Your Employees’ Mental Health

“It’s okay to call in sick. It’s also okay to call in sad.”

May is Mental Health Awareness month. If you want your employees to be healthy, it’s important to remember that mental health is a part of their overall well-being. Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being —meaning it impacts multiple areas of life. It also affects how individuals feel, think, act, and relate to others.

Perhaps you feel that you don’t have time to deal with your … Read the rest

The Return-to-Work Dilemma

According to PwC’s US Remote Work Survey conducted earlier this year, employees want to return to the office more slowly than employers expect. Results indicate that by July 2021, 75% of executives anticipate that at least half of office employees will be working in the office. In comparison, 61% of employees expect to spend half their time in the office by July.

Libraries (those that closed or reduced hours) may face challenges from employees concerned about returning full time. After … Read the rest

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