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Why Human Moments That Matter Are So Important Right Now

By Derek Irvine Unprecedented tough times, such as the one the whole world is experiencing with the COVID-19 pandemic, emphasize the importance of a human-centered culture to help employees weather the storm. We’re in the midst of a global crisis that will be “more severe than the Great Recession” of 2007-2009, according to The New York…

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CARES Act–Impact on Employee Benefit Plans

April 2020 CARES Act–Impact on Employee Benefit Plans By Amy Ciepluch, Casey Fleming, Leigh Riley, Nick Welle The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”), which was signed by the President on March 27, 2020, includes several provisions affecting employer benefit plans. Expansion of Withdrawal and Loan Rights The CARES Act provides…

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Reducing Employee Stress in a Time of Widespread Disruption

By Stephen Gold The social and economic turmoil unleashed on our society by the spread of the COVID-19 virus has created a level of apprehension not seen in this society since the financial crisis, or perhaps even since World War II. Anxiety is compounded by the 24-hour news cycle, social media, and global messaging apps….

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How Managers Can Strengthen Team Connections During Times of Change

By Karina Schultheis We’re living in a time of unprecedented change, but even under more “normal” circumstances, transformation and uncertainty are foundational to business (and life). Whether navigating challenging circumstances like the COVID-19 pandemic or positive ones like unprecedented periods of growth, managers have the ability to proactively strengthen team connections during times of change….

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COVID-19 and the Workplace: Practical Considerations and Tips for US Employers

By Tyrone Ray Ivey, Sarah Flotte, Julie Lucht, and Ann Marie Painter Employers are rightfully concerned about what, if anything, they should be doing to respond to the continued spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), with confirmed cases in dozens of countries, including the United States. As U.S. officials encourage Americans and American companies to prepare for…

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Keep Workers Safe and Avoid Costly Fines with Clear, Coherent Hazard Communications

By Lancaster Safety Consultanting Last year, one of the largest automotive glass suppliers in the world – a publicly-traded company that supplies materials to all the major automobile manufacturers – appeared to be on top of the world. The company was worth tens of billions of dollars, with manufacturing facilities all over the world. A…

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NLRB Joint Employer Rule Sets Employer-Friendly Standard for Joint Employer Determinations

By Mark Kisicki and Erica Shafer Federal labor agencies have kicked their rulemaking efforts into high gear. One month after the U.S. Department of Labor published a final rule defining (and limiting) when one entity can be deemed the joint employer of another’s employees, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has followed suit. On February…

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Building Employee Loyalty Through Strengths-Based Management

By Baili Bigham Although it’s no surprise, countless studies prove that offering workers a positive experience significantly increases employee loyalty and retention. And the key to keeping your rockstar talent is giving them opportunities to grow and develop their skills, not just professionally, but personally as well. Creating the space and offering the right resources for people…

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5 Reasons to Design Your Incentives Like IKEA Furniture

By Dan Walter Are you familiar with IKEA, the Swedish retailer who sells everything from meatballs to full kitchens? Nearly all of their furniture is “build-it-yourself.” I know, it sounds like it might be a nightmare, but you would be wrong (mostly.) Their main selling point is that they allow even the most unskilled human…

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3 Ways to Tie Individual Goals to Business Goals

By Diane Strohfus Businesses are facing a dilemma when it comes to goals: according to Gallup, employee productivity increases by 56 percent when managers are involved in helping their reports align their goals with the needs of the organization. Despite this, only 44 percent of those employees felt they could connect their goals to those of…

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