Walmart is making more of its workforce full time and said 66% of its US store hourly jobs will be full time, up from 53% five years ago, by Jan. 31. The move is in response to improved worker retention as well as the lower need for staffing at odd hours due to higher at-home deliveries.
One-on-one meetings won't be effective when managers use them to find fault, overlook opportunities to improve or dominate the conversation, writes Dan Rockwell. "Establish a culture where employees control most of the agenda during one-on-ones," he writes.
Sixty percent of employers have told workers about the benefits of vaccines, 35% have created vaccination policies and 23% will facilitate vaccine administration, according to a Willis Towers Watson survey. In addition, 2 in 10 employers are incentivizing vaccines, predominantly via leave, and 23% are either considering or planning to mandate vaccines for those returning to workplaces.
SmartBrief has compiled a list of resources to help employers tackle worker burnout, which spans burnout in the workplace, mental health and wellness, and content specifically addressing the healthcare sector. The resources "sum up what burnout looks like at work, why it's bad for people and organizations, and what some of the remedies are," James daSilva explains.
Employers are making more HR leadership positions remote to support the growing number of work-from-home employees, FlexJobs found in a review of job postings. More than half of US employees overall would work from home if they had the choice, and 35% of them would agree to a pay cut for the flexibility, according to Society for Human Resource Management research.
Ags Transact Technologies is adapting to virtual recruitment, focusing on job candidates' emotional intelligence and being more deliberate about HR's value, says Capt. Partha Samai, group HR head. "There has been a lot of discussion on all KPIs becoming number-driven; but in current circumstances, they need to be more objective-driven when it comes to deliverables," Samai says.
Leaders who learn to balance strength with sensitivity will create organizational stability, writes Laila Tarraf, chief people officer at Allbirds. "Blended leadership asks us to observe our words, behaviors and actions in order to assess where we presently are so we know where we must go," Tarraf writes.
Improve workplace gender equity by getting a commitment from leadership, recognizing female employees' accomplishments, offering unconscious bias workshops, giving everyone an equal opportunity and creating resource groups, HR leaders advise. "Last year, we launched the 'Men as Allies' network where we discuss topics around transparency, unconscious bias and breaking down silos," says Betty Wagglen, HR head at Verizon Asia Pacific.
Part of a manager's job is creating goals, structures and incentives to help employees solve problems instead of just naming them. "You want your team to be more 'solutions-focused,' which is a bit like saying you want your team to be more innovative or more agile," says Heidi Grant, a social psychologist.
Although 80% of working parents feel their employer has been responsive during the pandemic, the number drops to 74% for Latino parents and 69% for Black parents, according to the seventh annual Bright Horizons Modern Family Index. However, working parents have become more vocal about their needs to continue working remotely and receive benefits like mental health support, flexible working hours and child care.
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