Category Archives: HR Practice

Tips for Motivating Employees

Do you ever have days when you just don’t feel like working? Of course you do. Everyone has days when you can’t seem to get excited about work; days, when no matter what you do, you just don’t feel like doing anything – especially work. We all have days when we would rather be doing anything but working. It is normal for employees to experience dips in motivation. However, it can become a problem when our “get up and go” Read the rest

How Do You Manage an Employee Experiencing a Personal Crisis?

Do you remember when employees were advised to leave their personal problems “at the door” when they entered the workplace? Managers probably did not want to and did not know how to support employees coping with personal crises. Employers finally realized that people couldn’t leave part of themselves anywhere. You are who you are all the time. Everyone may experience personal crises at some point in their lives —be it the death of a parent, illness of a child or Read the rest

Understanding Unconscious Bias in the Hiring Process and How to Eliminate It

Early in my career, I had an interview for a position allowing me to move up from an entry-level job. However, there was a problem with the manager with whom I would work. Around the organization, the person was seen as a bully and challenging to work with. I was young, had an easy-going personality, and thought I could get along with anyone. So I wasn’t too worried. The interview didn’t last long. Throughout the interview, the interviewer barely looked Read the rest

Most Employers Have Not Expanded Benefits, Despite Retention Woes

The economy is looking pretty bleak these days. This might lead you to believe that people are holding on to their current jobs. You might be under the false impression that the great resignation has not impacted libraries. However, there are several indicators that this is not the case. One possible indication that libraries have been affected by staffing challenges is that the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center hosted more library employers at the recent ALA 2022 Annual Read the rest

5 Tips to Combat Favoritism in Your Hiring Practices

Most of us have coworkers we like or enjoy chatting with more than others. As managers, we may have team members we appreciate and rely on more than others. Managers must be careful not to have favorites regarding their staff. Playing favorites among your staff can negatively affect morale, motivation, productivity, and the library’s/organization’s culture. It is also essential to avoid favoritism during the hiring and recruiting process. Favoring an individual for reasons that have nothing to do with their Read the rest

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