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    Remote Employees Are Working Longer Than Before

    ​While the shift to working from home in 2020 has provided much-needed flexibility for professional workers during the COVID-19 crisis and shown that a remote workforce can maintain productivity, negative aspects of the experience—isolation, diminished collaboration and burnout—have emerged. Research shows remote employees are working longer, spending time in more meetings and having to keep […] More

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    Coaching in the Workplace: It’s Different from Traditional Managing

    Coaching is becoming increasingly common in the global workforce, with good coaching from managers leading to more-motivated and better-performing employees. According to a wide-ranging Gallup study of 1.2 million employees in 22 organizations across the world, great managers aren’t really bosses in the traditional sense. Instead, they’re coaches who “focus on individual and team engagement, […] More

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    6 Tips on Setting Expectations for Employees

    ​As more companies allow their workforces to work remotely as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, those organizations need to ensure that they can effectively manage employee engagement. One way to reduce workers’ stress and keep them connected is to establish more-transparent and engaging expectations. “Setting expectations for your employees is vitally important,” said Luanne Tierney, chief […] More

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    Meaningful Recognition Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive

    ​Despite how challenging 2020 has been for workers, salary forecasts show that given the uncertain economic outlook, most employers aren’t budgeting for large end-of-year raises or bonuses. “Work is busier than ever,” said Danielle B. Moser, executive consultant, global career management at ManpowerGroup Talent Solutions in Asheville, N.C. Many people are working from home alongside […] More

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    Viewpoint: How to Manage Someone Whose Life Has Been Upended

    ​Editor’s Note: SHRM has partnered with Harvard Business Review to bring you relevant articles on key HR topics and strategies. The pandemic marks the first time in a century that the entire planet is going through the same disruption at the same time. For businesses, that means every employee is going through a life transition at the […] More

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    Here’s How Managers Can Help Women Stay in the Workforce

    ​One in 4 women are contemplating downshifting their career or leaving the workforce, according to this year’s McKinsey and LeanIn.org annual Women in the Workplace study. “This translates to millions of women leaving the workforce,” said Rachel Thomas, CEO of LeanIn.org in Palo Alto, Calif. “It could wipe out all the hard-earned progress we’ve seen for women […] More

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    How Managers Prepared Professors to Teach During a Pandemic

    ​As universities across the country decided how to approach the fall academic school year during the pandemic, a common theme was how supervisors should prepare professors for remote or hybrid teaching. What ensued was a wealth of new and unpredictable challenges. Those challenges ranged from learning how to use video communication platforms like Zoom, to […] More

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    Here’s How to Encourage Employees to Take PTO

    ​When Crystal Brown-Tatum, a human resources manager at Dallas Summer Musicals, noticed that her staff members were accruing more paid time off (PTO) during the pandemic than they would be able to roll over in 2021, she sent out a list of road trips for employees to consider taking. She also suggested that employees reduce […] More

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    Dealing with Employees in Crisis: Options and Resources for Today’s Turbulent Times

    ​For most Americans, 2020 was an exceptionally challenging year. The COVID-19 pandemic, economic challenges and fallout from furloughs and layoffs, and the lack of work/life balance when working remotely have kept many of us up at night. The presidential election has been uncommonly divisive, as have protests against racial injustice. And the impact on U.S. […] More

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    Panelists Tell Managers to Keep Working for Inclusion and Transparency

    ​The killing of George Floyd while in police custody has sparked public outrage about continued racism while putting a spotlight on the failure of most corporate diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) efforts.  “There is only a limited time that this window of opportunity [to make advances in inclusion] will be open,” said Karen Boykin-Towns, a […] More

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    Even if COVID-19 Is a Party Pooper, Employers Find Ways to Celebrate

    ​Because holding a workplace holiday party doesn’t seem practical during a pandemic, managers are finding other ways to help their workers celebrate this year—including virtual gift exchanges, cooking classes and wine tastings. “I would argue that it’s never been more important to celebrate our accomplishments after what we’ve endured this year,” said Taylor Paone, senior […] More

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    5 Signs You’re a ‘Horrible Boss’—and a Path to Redemption

    ​Maybe there’s something to the adage that employees don’t leave terrible companies—they leave terrible bosses. A recent study from Robert Half, a staffing firm based in Menlo Park, Calif., shows that 49 percent of staffers have quit their job because of a horrible boss. A 2019 research report by the Society for Human Resource Management, […] More