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.
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.
Can spending less time at the office actually make you more productive? Microsoft Japan thinks so.
In fact, when the company tested a four-day workweek in 2019, they reported a productivity boost of 40 percent.
Still, many top-performing economies have an extremely, perhaps overly, dedicated workforce. Some Americans value work ethics so heavily they associate themselves with more with their jobs than with their hobbies—and it’s even where many find the most value in their lives. In China, many workers abide by the 996 system, which means working from 9 AM to 9 PM., six days a week. South Korea is among the countries with the longest work week, with workers in the office for an average of 2,069 hours per year.
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.
Mark your calendars, HR: it’s time to pop open the champagne and ring in 2020 without dropping the ball. Ahead of the new year, we’ve launched our free 2020 HR Calendar. From special occasions like “National Coffee Day” to important compliance deadlines, the calendar features all of the key dates HR professionals need to know.
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Where is the best place to learn the latest industry trends, hear from industry thought leaders, and network with your peers? HR conferences of course.
The new year has officially begun, and most professionals are in goal-setting mode to ensure this year is your best yet. We all know how fast time flies, and HR likely has a mountain of various goals and compliance deadlines for the upcoming year—from hiring to employee engagement. To help your team achieve them all, we’ve compiled a month-by-month HR and compliance checklist for 2020:
Artificial intelligence (AI) is still seen as somewhat of a buzzword in the HR industry, but as companies continue to refine the technology, it seems the future of HR might already be here. AI has touched almost every other major business department, so why not HR?
Thanksgiving is a holiday that reminds us to be thankful for everyone and everything we have in our lives. It’s an important time to reflect on your year, be together with family, friends, and coworkers, and give back to the greater community. While Thanksgiving is typically celebrated at home, there are still ways to bring the giving spirit to the office. Plus, there’s nothing like an office potluck to bring everyone together!