Tag Archives: Employee Engagement

HR as the White Swan, Season 2 – A COVID-19, Voice of the Employee, Podcast Series

Amidst the current COVID-19 pandemic, organizations are faced with a number of new challenges related to the management of their workforce in these unprecedented times. But while businesses face this black swan event, HR is the white swan prepared to counterbalance that negativity.

We are excited to announce the debut of Season 2 of the White Swan Podcast Series, featuring Judd Weisgal, Senior Vice President of Madison and hosted by our own Elliot Clark, CEO of HRO Today. In this 9-part series, we again will address a topic corresponding to each letter in “W-H-I-T-E-S-W-A-N” that is directly related to the workplace as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Our second season focuses on the “voice of the employee.”

Catch up on season 1 before listening here!

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Emphasising Employer Brand

By communicating and acting on company values during times of crisis and uncertainty, organisations will bolster their reputation among employees and candidates.

By Michael Switow

At a time when hiring and recruitment have slowed for many companies, Asia-Pacific businesses are redeploying staff and resources to the community.

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Take A Stand

Are you doing enough to tackle racial inequality in your workplace?

In recent weeks, protestors took to the streets in response to the murder of George Floyd at a scale not seen since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. As the U.S. grappled with rage, grief, and massive civic unrest amplified by the effects of a global pandemic, one organization after another responded with statements condemning racial injustice and police brutality.

The results of a Clutch survey show that 76 percent of U.S. workers think racism and discrimination is a problem at U.S. workplaces, and 64 percent of African Americans experience it in their own workplace. Further, 55 percent of employees think their company should address the death of George Floyd and the resulting protests, and 29 percent think their company could do more.

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Worker Confidence

The most recent study shows that confidence in job security declined sharply, but trust in management remains high.

By Larry Basinait

The results of the worker confidence index (WCI) report for the first quarter of 2020 and April are largely consistent with the widely reported economic impact being felt in the U.S. By mid-April, jobless claims exceeded 22 million, the highest since 2009. In the first quarter of 2020 (see Figure 1), the WCI decreased by 1.8 points from the fourth quarter of 2019 to 112.4, marking the second consecutive decline. However, the index remained higher than the first quarter of 2019, as the impact of COVID-19 was only beginning to make its mark during the time the survey was fielded. Preliminary April results show a very different scenario, with the WCI for the month falling to 94.3, by far the lowest since study’s inception.

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Easing the Transition

Creating a solid foundation now will lead to stronger remote work in the future.

By Jo Deal

The coronavirus pandemic has forced businesses to shift to remote operations as much as possible, with CNBC reporting that 42 percent of U.S. workers are telecommuting for the first time. The transition to digital has sent businesses and HR teams through a whirlwind of change and uncertainty.

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HR as the White Swan – A 9-part COVID-19 Podcast Series

Amidst the current COVID-19 pandemic, organizations are faced with a number of new challenges related to the management of their workforce in these unprecedented times. But while businesses face this black swan event, HR is the white swan prepared to counterbalance that negativity.

This 9-part podcast series, each corresponding to a letter in “White Swan”, features HRO Today‘s own Elliot Clark and Madison‘s Senior Vice President, Judd Weisgal, for topical discussions related to “HR as the White Swan”. Join us for tips on managing through the crisis, all while keeping your workforce connected and engaged.

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Thinking Ahead

Employing neurodiverse talent can provide a competitive advantage, but this segment of the workforce requires special considerations.

By Simon Kent

Many organisations look to embrace different thinking as a means to attain a competitive edge. Indeed, tech giant Apple’s whole branding strategy at one point was “Think Different.” Today, that mantra has taken on a new meaning as businesses begin to view neurodiversity as the next stop on their diversity and inclusion agenda.

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2020 Baker’s Dozen Customer Satisfaction Ratings: Employee Engagement

View the top-rated employee engagement service providers in the industry.

By The Editors

HRO Today’s Baker’s Dozen Customer Satisfaction Ratings are based solely on feedback from buyers of the rated services; the ratings are not based on the opinion of the HRO Today staff. We collect feedback annually through an online survey which we distribute to buyers directly through our own mailing lists and indirectly through service providers. Once collected, response data for all providers with a statistically significant sample size are loaded into the HRO Today database for analysis.

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