Target will pay a $200 bonus in August to all full- and part-time store store and distribution center employees and some corporate staffers who support customer and employee contact centers. It's the sixth round of employee bonuses the retailer has paid out since the pandemic began, and a report released late last year by the Brookings Institution found that Target, Best Buy and Home Depot provided the biggest pay raises and bonuses to employees during the pandemic.
Remote work is table stakes for multinational organizations, and the challenge for HR leaders is "global fluency" -- sourcing the best talent and aligning it through data-driven decisions regardless of location, culture or regulations, writes Brian Dames, chief strategy and marketing officer at Safeguard Global. "Moreover, global fluency can help HR professionals hire proactively, reduce burnout and overwork, predict market shifts, allocate resources appropriately and streamline workforce-management processes," Dames writes.
Simply deciding to set audacious stretch goals is an important step for companies and individuals, provided the goals are clear and accountable, writes Nick McLean of Four Pillars Investors. "Shooting for the stars requires stretch goals that might feel uncomfortable to some, yet clear goals and achievable growth metrics make it possible," McLean writes.
With the Delta variant surging and infection rates risings, companies such as Google, Lyft, Apple and Uber are delaying their return to the office. This latest development with the pandemic is also shifting plans among employees about where they will continue to live and whether their children will be attending school this fall.
Encourage employees to take pride in creating an ethical and compliance-friendly culture by giving them autonomy and modeling values-driven behavior from the top down, writes HRCI CEO Amy Schabacker Dufrane. Train managers to lead discussions on how people might approach various hypothetical situations from an ethical standpoint to embed values within everyday decision-making, Dufrane writes.
Readers of Alison Green's "Ask a Manager" website explain why they'd quit, or have already done so, if forced back to offices full-time after experiencing the benefits of remote working. Green notes the pandemic has prompted a shift in employee expectations, their relationships with employers and their priorities in life.
Hiring in the biotech industry right now is "a war of talent on steroids," especially in Boston where many pharmaceutical and biotech companies are based, according to Flexion Therapeutics CEO Michael Clayman. Companies have increased pay and benefits and offered higher titles to woo specialists in areas such as immunology, gene therapy and quality management.
Celebrity apologies offer a template for how we should show remorse -- and where so many public apologies go wrong. "Simply put, issuing an effective apology comes down to recognizing your mistake, taking ownership of that mistake and genuinely sharing your remorse to the audiences that need to hear it most -- without condition or the expectation of immediate forgiveness," says Red Banyan CEO Evan Nierman, a crisis-communications expert.
Google and Facebook say they'll require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 when they come back to offices, with Google delaying most employee returns until Oct. 18. "We will have a process for those who cannot be vaccinated for medical or other reasons and will be evaluating our approach in other regions as the situation evolves," says Lori Goler, vice president of people for Facebook, which mandate vaccines at US offices.
Employers should consider their legal and tax obligations before giving employees the green light to work remotely from a different country. Asking various questions can help, including how long the employees will be staying abroad and whether they will be considered tax residents of the countries in which they reside.
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