America Behaves Badly: Civility Lacking as We Return From the Pandemic

Posted by Employer Flexible on July 14, 2021

For more than a year the COVID-19 pandemic seemed to break all the old rules from government and public responses to medical treatment and vaccinations.

Now that vaccination rates are rising -- 56 percent of the U.S. with at least one dose and 48 percent fully vaccinated -- American’s are returning to public spaces, but it seems some have forgotten the “Golden Rule”.

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Topics: Human Resources, HR, Leadership

Digital Divide: How to Handle Conflicts in a Remote Work Environment

Posted by Employer Flexible on July 12, 2021

The thing about inventing the wheel or discovering fire, is that you are in uncharted territory when it comes to your first flat tire or when a spark starts a wildfire.

The COVID-19 pandemic ushered in an entirely new remote workplace culture, and it appears that it is not going away, even as the vaccine rate increases around the world, as many companies are embracing a hybrid model going forward that will feature some WFH (work from home) component.

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Topics: HR, Working Remotely

Diversity and Inclusion Can Help Drive Business Success

Posted by Employer Flexible on April 22, 2021

Diversity and inclusion efforts in the workplace are becoming increasingly less about a box that HR can check off, and more about how it can help drive business success.

“A diverse and inclusive workforce is necessary to drive innovation, foster creativity, and guide business strategies,” concluded a Forbes Insights survey of 332 senior executives. “Multiple voices lead to new ideas, new services, and new products, and encourage out-of-the-box thinking.

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Topics: HR

Keeping Track of New Administration’s Workplace Policies and Programs

Posted by Employer Flexible on March 22, 2021

Employers know that when a new administration moves into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue that HR changes soon follow so they are keeping a close eye on President Biden’s workplace policies and programs.

With the Democrats in control of the White House for just two months, some major legislation has already taken place with the signing March 11, 2021 of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, but other changes are still on the drawing board.

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Topics: HR

Employers Need a Well-Defined COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

Posted by Employer Flexible on February 22, 2021

The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine is certainly a shot in the arm in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, but for most employers the development raises more questions than answers.

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Topics: HR

Will COVID-19 Play the Grinch and Ruin Workplace Holiday Gatherings?

Posted by Employer Flexible on November 10, 2020

COVID-19 has fundamentally altered traditional events in 2020 from cancelled Memorial Day picnics to postponed Fourth of July parades to Halloween touchless trick-or-treating.

With new cases in the United States breaking the 100,000-per day mark and infection rates on the rise across all corners of the country, it appears that the pandemic is ready to play Ebenezer Scrooge next month and say “bah humbug!” to the annual workplace holiday gathering.

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Topics: HR, COVID-19

Remote Work and COVID-19: Making Sure Your Company’s PTO Policy Works

Posted by Employer Flexible on October 14, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has touched every phase of the way we do business in 2020 and that includes issues such as your company’s PTO policy.

PTO (“Paid Time Off” or “Planned Time Off” or “Personal Time Off”) is a key benefit companies offer to employees to help with recruitment and retention.

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Topics: HR, Employee Benefits, COVID-19

How Will Employee Recognition Look in a COVID-19 Remote Work World

Posted by Employer Flexible on September 1, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic enters its sixth month, more companies are embracing remote work as a necessary reality in the post COVID-19 economic landscape.

Outdoor company REI even announced Aug. 12 that it was going to sell its newly constructed 8-acre corporate campus before the first employees ever reported to work at the Bellevue, Wash. location.

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Topics: HR, Employee Benefits, Remote Work

Coronavirus Special Update: Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act

Posted by Employer Flexible on June 8, 2020

President Trump signed into law the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act which restructures how employers can use loans issued through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

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Topics: HR, small business, COVID-19

Workplace Safety is a Top Priority as You Return to Work

Posted by Employer Flexible on May 27, 2020

Businesses started reopening this month in Texas, but with a vaccine for COVID-19 still on the horizon, it will not be “business as usual” for the foreseeable future.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in announcing another phase of business reopening’s on May 18 said: “Our focus is to keep you safe, while also restoring your ability to get back to work, to open your businesses, to pay your bills, to put food on your tables.”

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Topics: Human Resources, HR, small business, COVID-19