How to Handle Employees Re-entering the Workforce

Nowadays, it is very common for employees to take a leave of absence from their career, but reentering has hurdles of its own. Some leave the workforce to have children, raise their families, or care for sick family members. It can be a challenge for these employees to return to the workforce as their direct experience may seem out of date with ever changing job requirements and their salary expectations cannot be met.  According to Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In, 43% of highly qualified women with children are leaving careers or off-ramping for a period of time. What can you do to encourage re-entry and retain returning professionals?

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Don’t Avoid Tough Conversations in the Workplace

Are you a problem solver?

As leaders, managers take on responsibility that can really put your strengths and weaknesses to the test. Many managers struggle with addressing conflict. In fact, a survey conducted by Interact found that 37% of managers reported “they are uncomfortable having to give direct feedback/criticism about their employee’s performance that they might respond badly to.” How can you guide employees to success by addressing this issue head on?

 

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How to Strategically Handle a Departing Employee

What is your employee offboarding process? All new employees go through an onboarding process, receiving access to company insights and information and getting up to speed with policies and procedures. However, little attention is given to employees who are leaving. This could create potential risks for data breaches. Your employee offboarding process should be as thorough as your onboarding process. What steps should you consider when an employee is leaving your company?

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Spring Cleaning: LinkedIn

Now that it’s officially spring, let the deep cleaning begin. From your closet to your social media profiles, nothing should be overlooked for a springtime over-haul.  What better place to start your spring cleaning than your LinkedIn profile? Since LinkedIn is the leading social site for job searching and networking, it’s time to liven-up your profile.

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Balancing Teamwork

Most modern workplace environments are set up with only extroverts in mind: team work makes the dream work. While it’s said working in teams is more effective, a recent survey found an almost even split amongst employee work preferences. While 36% of workers preferred a team environment, 32% preferred working solo and the remaining 32% had no preference. How can you incorporate and manage both extroverts and introverts into your teams for an effective and productive workplace environment?

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Avoid Cyberattacks and Data Breaches

In recent years, cyberattacks have become widespread. When a company faces a dreaded data breach, the losses can be staggering with costly liability and a ravaged reputation. In a 2017 study, IBM found that a data breach can cost an average of $7.35 million. Find out how you can partner with HR to help ensure effective policies and protocol are in place.

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Romance in the Workplace

Following the #MeToo sexual harassment protest movement, romance in the work place has fallen under sharp scrutiny. According to a survey by Namely, 40% of surveyed workers shared that they had intimate relationships with a coworker. Workplace romances can be positive, but they can also lead to poor judgement, accusations, sexual harassment claims, breach of ethics or even workplace violence. How can you best respond to romance in your workplace?

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Trusting Your Gut

The interview process can be long and grueling from the pressure to hire the perfect candidate. Interviewing a candidate can often seem like a first date; both parties want to make the perfect first impression while on their best behavior. A study by the Wintrip Consulting Group found that nine out of ten managers who made a bad hire were distracted by feelings. Hiring based off of instinct alone could leave you high and dry. So, how can you make better hiring decisions while balancing your instinct and the facts? 

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Employee References

As an employer, you have a right to inquire into a potential employee’s work-related background. In responding to such inquiries, it can be legal to provide both positive and negative information regarding a former employee, as reference givers are protected under the legal doctrine of “qualified privilege.” When does providing a negative reference cross the line and become illegal?

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Respect & Gratitude in the Workplace

March 4 was National Employee Appreciation Day! Did you thank your employees this week? Gratitude and appreciation can be powerful motivators, especially in the workplace. Displaying this in the office is an effective way to boost morale and reinforce a culture of respect and appreciation. However, many leaders hesitate to show their appreciation. How can you create a culture of appreciation in your workplace?

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