HR leaders must use their influence to ensure that new hires not only have the right skills and experience, but also a personal character that embodies company values and contributes to the right culture, HRPlus Group's Bryan Otte writes. "In this new era of remote work, your company's values are more important than ever," Otte writes, and he warns of the potential disasters that can occur when company and employee values are misaligned.
To increase the odds of landing an interview and gaining hiring managers' attention, job applicants should make sure their cover letter stands out, writes Gwen Moran. She lists seven steps suggested by career experts for making a better cover letter including intentional writing, proofreading and highlighting value as an employee.
If you're considering relocating because being in the office is now optional, experts suggest talking to your boss first. Prepare for the conversation by doing your research for any potential negotiations, ready answers for potential questions from your manager and come up with some benefits of relocating for both yourself and the company.
Employee mental health has declined sharply in response to the coronavirus pandemic, but employers can help by assessing employees' well-being and providing access to support services, Paula Allen of Morneau Shepell writes. Fostering conversations about mental wellness to help reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues is also important.
The pandemic has accelerated adoption of automation and digital processes, leading lawmakers and groups to call for nationwide investment in training to ensure Americans have the right skills. Digitization is most rapid in retail, health care and warehouses, according to the Markle Foundation, but labor experts say it's imperative that companies start seriously investing in training to remain competitive.
The Caribbean island of Barbados is launching a program to entice remote workers to live on the island for long stretches in order to fill some of the short-term vacancies caused by the coronavirus. Some flights to the country return July 12, and details of the incentives are still being worked out.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he supports extending unemployment benefits past the July 31 expiration date, but he added that the enhanced employment benefit of $600 will likely change. "[W]e'll figure out an extension to it that works for companies and works for those people who will still be unemployed," Mnuchin said.
Remote meetings are less a problem of technology than of organization, as too many meetings lack a purpose, don't start and end on time, and have no follow-up from leadership, writes Julie Winkle Giulioni. "When scheduling a meeting, force yourself to summarize the purpose and objectives of the meeting," she writes.
To kickstart your career if you have plateaued, make sure you are being seen as an authority figure at work. "Your career can move forward if you're working hard and doing a good job, but you'll go farther if your voice is being heard," says business author Steve Herz.
Unused PTO is an accounting liability, and vacation requests in April and May were approximately half of what they were from the year before, according to a Zenefits study of 3,000 companies. HR leaders should model by taking time off themselves, consider tweaking non-carryover policies, and being honest with employees that delaying PTO could put the company in a difficult financial position in the future.
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