Results from a March of Dimes study found that paid family leave policies have improved retention rates for female employees by 20% within the baby's first year and by 50% within five years. However, paid family leave is not available to the majority of American employees.
In a fast-growing business it can be difficult to maintain a positive company culture, if you're missing these three fundamental steps, writes Raj Jana, founder of JavaPresse Coffee Company. Hold company-wide meetings, stay involved in the hiring process and ensure you maintain strict standards for every new employee, recommends Jana.
According to US News & World Report, about 80% of the bad habits people give up as a New Year's resolution will come back in February. To be one of the 20% who makes it, focus on perseverance and planning to break those habits, and don't let lapses discourage you, advise University of York associate professor Ian Hamilton and King's College London researcher Sally Marlow.
Open business models are booming right now, bringing more choices and fluidity to businesses and workers through on-demand freelancing, writes John Winsor. New trends in the workforce allow freelancer to be in control of their work with platforms such as Upwork, Topcoder and more that improve their experiences and can even provide benefits, he adds.
A 2019 report shows that the Department of Homeland Security ranked last among large government agencies regarding workforce engagement, but DHS Chief Human Capital Officer Angela Bailey says the agency is working diligently to improve morale. Bailey discusses strategies the agency has implemented, including the Employee Family Readiness Council, which offers training and resources for mental health, financial wellness and child care, among others.
Many people mistake great leadership for individuals in important roles rather than looking at the people who inspire and deepen others' engagement in the workplace, writes Aytekin Tank. Commitment, accountability, performance and vision are 4 key mindsets for achieving successful leadership, according to University of San Francisco adjunct professor and author Jim Taylor.
Management teams need to learn more about depression and move beyond the current provisional approach to managing employees with the diagnosis, according to a panel of experts. Allowing a flexible schedule, simplifying an employee's scope of work and concentrating on positive outcomes are all strategies for effectively managing employees with depression, the group suggests.
If you're looking for a new job this year, be sure to filter the search to better match the type of workplace you're looking for, and making the effort early can pay off later in your career, writes William Arruda. Important factors to narrow employers down by are growth opportunity, location and compensation, he advises.
Executive leadership should put more resources into developing future chief people officers, HR leaders say in a report by HR People + Strategy and Willis Towers Watson. "With disruption on the horizon, organizations will require strong, visionary people leaders who can think through the people and talent strategy, and work with management on the business strategy," says Suzanne McAndrew, Willis Towers Watson's global head of talent.
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