Category Archives: HR Practice

How Managers Can Support Employees with Long COVID

Most people who contract coronavirus disease (COVID-19) recover entirely within a few weeks. But some people — even those with mild versions of the disease — continue to experience symptoms after their initial recovery. COVID-19 symptoms can sometimes persist for months or longer. People who must manage long-term symptoms sometimes describe themselves as “long haulers.” The conditions have been called post-COVID-19 syndrome or “long COVID-19.” 

Findings from a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate Read the rest

How to Be Intentional About Mental Health in Your Organization

With all that’s happening in the world today, it is clear that mental health remains a concern and should be a top priority for our nation. Employers are positioned to play a significant role in helping to address employee well-being in the workplace. We know that difficulties in areas of life outside of work often impact workplace performance. Now more than ever, employees rely on employers to provide support and resources related to mental health. Simply pointing workers to employee Read the rest

Are Mask Mandates Over Everywhere?

States, cities, and counties have largely eased or ended mask mandates. Currently, no state is imposing a statewide mask requirement for most indoor locations. The last state to impose a mask mandate, Hawaii allowed its indoor mask mandate to expire on March 25, 2022. Does this mean that mask mandates are entirely over? Not exactly. Several states still mandate masking for most people in specific high-risk settings, like health care and long-term care facilities, and people in high-risk groups (i.e., Read the rest

Why Having a Sense of Community Is So Important in the Workplace

Are you the type of manager who wants to urge people to get back to work when you see them chatting in the halls? If so, you may be making a big mistake. Human beings are, by nature, social creatures. Even those who consider themselves to be introverts need interactions with other people sometimes. They help us to meet our need for connection and belonging. Interactions with coworkers help build a sense of community. Given the feelings of loneliness and Read the rest

Empathy Is The Most Important Leadership Skill

Two years into the pandemic, many of us may have co-workers who have experienced the death of a loved one. If you could imagine what their grief felt like and respond in a way that was sensitive to what they were experiencing, you exhibited what’s known as empathy. Empathy is an important characteristic to have in the workplace for several reasons. According to this article, empathy can help you connect with other people. It can help in maintaining positive Read the rest

How to Effectively Talk with Your Staff About Mental Healthcare

Have you seen the ads on television talking about the awkward silence related to discussing mental health? After about 30 seconds of listening to music play in the background as we watch people display feelings of awkwardness, individuals find different ways to ask, “Are you okay?” The ad highlights the idea that conversations regarding mental wellbeing can be challenging. You don’t want to offend the individual, but you want to let the person know that you are concerned. It can Read the rest

Why HR Shouldn’t Ask for ‘Preferred’ Pronouns

For several years, there has been a concerted effort towards inclusivity in the workplace. To this end, employers provide opportunities for staff to share their pronouns. HR often asks employees as well as applicants for preferred pronouns. Although well-intentioned, employers may be inadvertently doing something that actively works against the goal of inclusiveness. This article explains that “using the modifier ‘preferred’ indicates that there’s a choice or preference and fails to affirm the person.” As a best practice, the Read the rest

Caregiving Supports Are Essential for Workers of All Ages

In the early 1980s, social worker Dorothy Miller first coined the term “sandwich generation” when referring to young women (in their 30s and 40s) raising young families while simultaneously taking care of their aging parents. Today, we have multiple generations of people in the workforce who may fit into this category. Some baby boomers, millennials, and Gen Xers have become sandwich generations —caregivers for their parents while caring for their children, and some for grandchildren. 

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The Recruitment Risks of Too Many Interviews

Recently, I had a conversation about the current job market with a person who falls into the millennial age group. The individual lamented that employers want people to have master’s degrees for work that someone with an associate degree can do, require applicants to go through a series of interviews, take aptitude and skills tests, and then pay less than minimum wage. She concluded that this was why her generation is always looking for new positions and better opportunities.

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How to Lead When Everyone’s Mad at You

If you are in a position that requires you to make decisions regarding budgeting, hiring/firing, strategic directions – well, any decision that could affect others – you may have experienced the feeling of disappointing someone. Often, when you must make decisions —particularly difficult ones— not everyone will be happy. That comes with the territory. During these times, transparency is critical. How you make and communicate decisions matters. The author of this article suggests you show vulnerability. If you admit that Read the rest