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8 Tips for Managing a Remote Workforce During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Managing a distributed or remote workforce comes with its fair share of challenges—from onboarding to compliance to engaging employees virtually. 

Plus, the sudden onset of COVID-19 (also known as Coronavirus) forced many companies to adopt work from home policies before they were ready. Whether your company just started working from home or if your employees are telecommuting veterans, it can’t hurt to brush up on some home office tips. 

Working from home can actually lead to increased productivity and happier employees—if done right. Trust, clear expectations, and consistent communication are a few of the often-overlooked elements needed to help remote employees thrive. 

Here are some tips to ensure that you make the most out of the work from home situation:

COVID-19: The Top 10 Questions Mid-Sized Businesses Are Asking

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to present new changes and challenges for businesses and HR professionals daily. We understand that keeping up with the evolving legislation and the never-ending list of outstanding questions can feel impossible. 

With help from the HR experts at ThinkHR, we wanted to highlight the top questions we’re receiving from HR professionals at mid-sized businesses—and provide their answers.

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An employee works from home on their laptop because of COVID-19 with their dog nearby

Survey: How is Your Company Dealing with COVID-19?

In just a few weeks, COVID-19 has dramatically changed the way we approach and do business. Workplaces are transitioning to being fully remote, non-essential business travel is suspended, events and conferences have been put on pause, and stores and businesses are being forced to close their doors—every day seems to bring more news and challenges.

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Happy employees crowd around a computer

Ask HR: When Do I Have to Clock-In and Clock-Out?

We’re relaunching our Ask HR series to bring you answers to your pressing HR, workplace culture, benefits, compliance, and payroll questions!

We shared your hard-hitting questions with our team of all-star HR professionals who bring years of industry knowledge to the table. This week’s submission has been masterfully addressed by Namely’s Learning Manager, Ryan MacPherson.

Have an Ask HR question of your own? Email us at ask@namely.com or fill out the form at the bottom of this page!

Without further ado, here’s this week’s Ask HR submission: 

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Key Q1 Dates for HR

Welcome to 2020!

Returning to work after the holidays can be challenging for any department, but HR knows they’ll be greeted by a slew of important upcoming dates. Between launching new initiatives and kicking off tax season, HR has their hands full as soon as they walk back into the office. Don’t let these dates catch your team off guard.

We’ve rounded up key holidays, dates, and deadlines for the first quarter to make sure you’re ready for the new year.

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Key Q2 Dates For HR

April is that transitional month when you both can’t believe how fast Q1 flew by, yet don’t understand how it’s been the longest winter in history. Thankfully, the second quarter of the year includes the start of summer and conference season. Situated after the ups and downs of tax season and before the craze of open enrollment, it’s tempting to relax a bit during Q2. However, there are some key dates to keep in mind before the busy season picks back up.

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Key Q3 Dates for HR

Q3 may seem so far in the future — but time flies, and you'll be surprised when you wake up and all of a sudden it's July. Don't let all the important Q3 dates sneak up on you. Start preparing today with all the important dates you need to know. 

In Q3, departments across your company will be working hard to put the pieces in place to reach their end of year goals. In HR, Q3 is the perfect time to focus on employee engagement and your own career development before facing down the year end/year start tasks that come in Q4.

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