Sixty percent of US workers say they feel distracted during the working day by the upcoming election, a 20% rise from December of last year, according to a Gartner report. In addition, 22% say the election is having a "big impact" on their job performance, 43% say it's difficult "to work with colleagues whose political beliefs differ from their own" and more than 60% want their "employer to provide at least one voter participation opportunity."
HR department have changed to handle remote working practices, including the use of technology to coordinate collaboration, communication and employee well-being, writes Civica Chief People Officer Julie Chell. HR professionals now need to measure and communicate the benefits of HR technology, such as increased engagement or reduced turnover, she writes.
A hiring algorithm based on an "upper confidence bound" model was able to increase the pool of Black and Hispanic candidates compared with two other algorithms, although it added fewer women than those options, according to research from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
ClassPass offerings are available through some employee-benefit programs, including Sana Benefits, which has been adding options during the pandemic to help HR professionals and other employees. "Now that we've been able to provide more digitally, we're able to offer things like online personal training, nutrition counseling and meditation," says Nicole Wolfe, who leads corporate programs at ClassPass.
HR teams should reassess employee training around cybersecurity and data protection, as well as internal structures for how HR handles and protects data, writes Eric Kedrosky. Global benefits management platforms can centralize data and reduce an organization's exposure to risk, he writes.
Stanley Black & Decker is an example of companies starting in-house training programs, as it has struggled to find qualified workers to oversee robots and perform other advanced manufacturing tasks. Meanwhile, Utah is funding reskilling programs with federal funding, with more than 150 certifications and courses available.
Workplace drug testing, whether for job applicants or employees, has become more complicated in recent years because of the continued state-level legalization of marijuana. "More and more employers appear to be treating marijuana use like alcohol use and ignoring off-duty recreational use," attorney Anne-Marie Welch says.
A poll by UK-based charity Leonard Cheshire indicates 71% of employees with disabilities have had their employment affected by the pandemic, with many employers reluctant to hire them because of health concerns.
Avanir Pharmaceuticals has increased employee engagement during the pandemic by offering virtual check-ins, regular town halls and other activities, writes Kelly Parker, executive director and chief people officer. "Our COVID-19 re-integration taskforce meets several times each week to discuss what re-integration into the Avanir workplace is going to look like for various employees," Parker writes.
Eli Lilly in India has provided employees with digital training and adapted a strategic learning and development approach during the pandemic, says HR executive Ranjeet Singh Walia. "At Lilly, we have made conscious efforts to create a blend of our learning programs with experiential learning, and these are delivered through leaders facilitating these programs by sharing real-life examples," Walia says.
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