The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has thrown businesses around the world for a loop. But the everyday workplace isn’t the only environment that has changed drastically. Employers and employees have also had to adjust to a new kind of lifestyle at home.
From helping their children with virtual learning to working remotely alongside their spouses and pets, some of your employees are facing significant changes within their households.
It’s been close to two months since the World Health Organization declared the spread of the novel coronavirus an official pandemic. As we reflect on two months (or more) of mandated virtual work, HR and people teams around the world are looking back on their most successful morale-boosting activities—and searching for new ideas to keep their teams happy, healthy, and engaged.
The field of human resources is changing. In our HR Redefined series, we give innovators a medium to share personal reflections, professional advice, and best practice guidance.
Everyone experiences work burnout at different points throughout their careers. Often, the burden falls on HR to support employees through these tough periods. But what happens when HR is the one to experience burnout? Especially on smaller teams, it can feel like there’s no time to take a break from putting out fires. We’re all human, and HR is no exception. It’s important to acknowledge burnout, ask for help, and take the time you need to get back to your full speed.
Wellness has taken the benefits world by storm. Whether it be onsite health screenings, in-office yoga, cosponsored gym memberships, or sleep wellness workshops, wellness perks often tend to focus on the physical aspect of health. Though mental wellness has also shown an uptick in importance, other areas of wellness are also gaining steam.
Employee wellness has evolved from a buzz-worthy trend into a real strategy for successful companies. When employees are healthy, they can reach their full potential, do more productive and creative work, build positive relationships, cope with common stressors, and make a more meaningful contribution. Stressed employees are often on their way to burnout, which leads to reduced productivity and increased absenteeism.
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It’s not easy being green. Between all the paper, food waste, and electrical demands, most workplaces aren’t exactly eco-friendly. So how can your organization encourage better employee habits and become more environmentally conscious?
Open enrollment may have just ended, but it’s never too early to start thinking about emerging benefit trends. Benefits are an increasingly important factor in attracting and retaining top talent, and can play an important role in setting your company apart from competitors. Fifty-seven percent of employees consider benefits to be one of the top factors in accepting a new job.
Close your eyes. Breathe in, breathe out. Relax your muscles. In the darkness under your eyelids, you see something taking shape. It’s an article on meditation at work.
It was time for a trip to go see my grandmother in her final stage of life.