Category Archives: HR Practice

Working Parents Suffering Pandemic Stress, Employers Can Help

How many times have you seen a coworker’s child walk past and wave at the camera during a Zoom meeting? Probably countless. How do you feel about this? Some people are fine with seeing a colleague’s children. Others thought it was cute at first, and now have lost patience with coworkers. Managing home life and work simultaneously isn’t easy in the best of circumstances. Add a pandemic, causing parents to stay home while attempting to work full-time and taking care Read the rest

How to Handle the Pressure of Being a Manager Right Now

It is tough to be a manager these days. Managers must deal with many of the same uncertainties and stressors as their employees. Like the rest of us, they have been stuck working at home for months (often with a spouse, children, and pets). Some have lost loved ones to the coronavirus. Many have had to be the bearer of bad news regarding furloughs and lay-offs. They have had to keep their teams motivated as they struggle to remain focused Read the rest

Protecting Employees From COVID-19 Through Connection

According to the CDC, COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice (e.g., while shouting, chanting, or singing). Masks may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others. Wearing a mask will help protect people around you, including those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and workers who frequently come into close contact with other people (e.g., in stores, restaurants Read the rest

Consider Employees’ Safety When Reopening the Workplace

As stay-at-home orders begin to expire, employers have a plethora of factors to consider before reopening fully to the public. Savvy human resource professionals have undoubtedly already begun the planning process and developed numerous checklists. In addition to state and local guidelines, employers must consult the latest requirements and safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). 

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Reboard to New Cultural Norms

As this Coronavirus hits its peak and then flattens, businesses and libraries will need to be ready to get people back to work. Some states have already begun the process of reopening. This move to reopen has raised concerns that we may be moving too quickly. Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as well as numerous others, warn against lifting restrictions and opening too soon. Understandably, many people are apprehensive Read the rest

How Terminations, Layoffs and Furloughs Differ

With so many businesses having to remain closed during the pandemic, it is no secret that our economy is taking a hit. The effects may be felt for quite some time. Library budgets, too, are in jeopardy as all options are considered to help balance budgets. Terms like layoffs and furloughs are bandied about as administrators attempt to reduce expenses. What does it all mean? When an employer says you are laid off, are they just trying to soften Read the rest

How to Best Communicate Your Appreciation in the Workplace

Whether we’re at home or work, we need to feel that someone cares about and appreciates us. We want to know that we bring value to others and to the work we do and that someone is paying attention to that value. When it comes to the work environment, recognition is critical. When employees feel appreciated, staff morale improves and employee engagement increases, resulting in a positive workplace. But what’s the most appropriate way to express your appreciation? What works Read the rest

Improve Your Managerial Skills with One Simple Habit

Was there any time within the last week where you had a few minutes with nothing to do? Perhaps you were waiting for a meeting or conference call to start. How did you use those few minutes? Did you check your social media accounts, your email or your phone messages? The author of this article suggests that the next time you have a few minutes of wait time, review the past week and take a minute to thank someone who Read the rest

Three Ways Managers Can Ignite and Engage Their Teams

Have you noticed that some of your employees or team members appear to be running out of steam—and it’s only March? If so, the author of this article says that the culprit could be your management style. A person’s lack of motivation, energy and passion for their work can be a key predictor of success or failure on the job. If an employee lacks motivation, it will usually be detected in how they “show-up” —in their work and their attitude. Read the rest

Seven Ways to Motivate Employees in the New Year

Are you the type of manager or human resource professional who believes that it is not your responsibility to motivate employees? Yes, some employees are motivated by feeling a sense of accomplishment and achievement for meeting personal and professional goals. Many are self-disciplined and self-motivated. But how would you feel about an employee who came to work but wasn’t engaged? Who had no energy or creativity, showed no initiative, didn’t get much accomplished, wasn’t committed to your goals Read the rest