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  • What does 2019 have in store for #MeToo?

    The C-suite must remain vigilant in addressing the issues raised by these developments, writes David W. Garland of Epstein Becker Green.

    David W. Garland • Dec. 05, 2018
  • 5 ways to make benefits enrollment easier and less confusing

    Do not bombard your employees with information as open enrollment approaches, writes Brenda J. Mullins, vice president of human resources and chief people officer at Aflac.

    Brenda J. Mullins • Oct. 23, 2018
  • Preparing for the employee of the future: Doing good means more now than ever

    As people managers, HR representatives can champion their companies' needs for CSR, writes Catherine Hernandez-Blades, SVP and chief brand and communications officer at Aflac.

    Catherine Hernandez-Blades • Oct. 18, 2018
  • Can employers refuse to hire applicants based on alt-right views or affiliation?

    Current tensions in the American political climate present new hiring challenges for employers, write Littler Mendelson attorneys Elizabeth A. Lalik and Jeremy F. Wood.

    Elizabeth A. Lalik and Jeremy F. Wood • Oct. 17, 2018
  • Navigating the rise of corporate activism

    Companies must be aware of the evolving social climate and, when necessary, take a stance that is consistent with company values, writes Jewell Parkinson, head of HR, Americas & APJ at SAP North America​.

    Jewell Parkinson • Oct. 16, 2018
  • Don't be afraid of the dialogue: Pay equity starts with leadership

    If your employees don't understand their compensation — and why it is where it is — that's a huge problem, writes Beth Steinberg, chief people officer at Zenefits.

    Beth Steinberg • Oct. 09, 2018
  • How to attract top Hispanic millennials

    To recruit high-performing Hispanic millennials, companies will have to create unique hiring initiatives and strategies, write Cherise Tolbert and Peter Scorzetti of LatPro Inc.

    Cherise Tolbert & Peter Scorzetti • Oct. 04, 2018
  • 5 misconceptions about people analytics

    People analytics will turn HR into a discipline in which intuition and data are combined and will lead to even better decision making, writes Erik van Vulpen, co-founder of Analytics in HR.

    Erik van Vulpen • Oct. 02, 2018
  • Are you fostering a learning culture for your developers and engineers?

    Within a learning culture, employees will gain exposure to new ideas and employers keep workers competitive and present, writes Andrea Pretorian, an operations and marketing consultant.

    Andrea Pretorian • Sept. 27, 2018
  • Company culture is important for making veterans feel supported

    Veterans will feel welcome when businesses hold strong values and emphasize a sense of purpose, writes Jeff Morin, chief of staff at Sallyport Global and veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

    Jeff Morin • Sept. 24, 2018
  • Navigating mandatory minimum wage increases and historically low unemployment rates

    HR should view minimum wage increases as an opportunity to evaluate hiring and compensation policies across their companies, writes Paycor CHRO Karen Crone.

    Karen Crone • Sept. 20, 2018
  • Planning employees' life cycles: A blueprint for effective talent management

    Establishing a thoughtful strategy from day one will help you maximize each individual's tenure with your company, writes Greg Shepard, chief strategy officer and chief technology officer at Pepperjam.

    Greg Shepard • Sept. 13, 2018
  • How 3 tech giants use artificial intelligence — and what they can teach HR

    A new breed of CHRO is working with innovative technologies that will free HR professionals from mundane and repetitive tasks, writes Deepak Bharadwaj, general manager, HR Business Unit at ServiceNow.

    Deepak Bharadwaj • Sept. 11, 2018
  • #MeToo leads to training mandates (and more)

    Only a few new state and local requirements for sexual harassment training have emerged in the past year, writes David W. Garland of Epstein Becker Green, but employers should still be wary.

    David W. Garland • Sept. 07, 2018
  • 5 ways to show prospective applicants that your company supports mental health

    As your company looks to recruit top talent, show prospective employees that your company will support their mental health, writes Bernie Wong, senior associate at Mind Share Partners.

    Bernie Wong • Sept. 06, 2018
  • 3 ways to make tech work for your employees

    Only the right tech solutions — those that aren't too complicated, numerous nor only a stopgap — can improve performance, Natalie Lambert of Sapho writes.

    Natalie Lambert • Sept. 04, 2018
  • Why soft skills matter in the hiring process

    Most young professionals are fairly confident they've mastered skills like critical thinking, Frank Connolly of MindEdge Learning writes, but this confidence may well be misplaced.

    Frank Connolly • Aug. 30, 2018
  • 'Appreciative inquiry' accelerates what's working

    Change is not about simply identifying and eliminating the bad — it is about discovering and dreaming about the possible, writes Lindsey Godwin, academic director at the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry.

    Lindsey Godwin • Aug. 28, 2018
  • How to choose the right pharmacy benefit manager

    Deciding on a PBM is not something that should be taken lightly, John Crable of Corporate Synergies writes, but the right choice will ultimately lead to cost containment and healthier employees.

    John Crable • Aug. 23, 2018
  • How leadership behaviors impact employee well-being

    In a working world of stress and burnout, leaders should focus on providing three specific resources to reduce exhaustion, Cassie Batz of SAP SuccessFactors writes.

    Cassie Batz • Aug. 20, 2018
  • Social media: Risk or opportunity for today's businesses?

    Many people entering the workforce today have grown up oversharing on social media, writes Steven Bearak of IdentityForce. Employers may have reason to be concerned.

    Steven Bearak • Aug. 16, 2018
  • How automation can help businesses focus on human professional development

    Progressive and fast-growth companies focus on people, not administrative duties, writes Paul Burrin, vice president at Sage People, an HR management software provider.

    Paul Burrin • Aug. 14, 2018
  • Building workplace trust that leads to company growth

    Growth opportunities are the new backbone of benefits in today’s labor market — especially for millennials looking to grow their careers, writes Emily Foote, vice president of customer engagement at Bridge.

    Emily Foote • Aug. 09, 2018
  • 3 ways HR can earn a seat at the executive table

    When HR optimizes an organization's operations, recruiting and leadership development, they belong at the top, writes Mark Mayleben, partner at Jobplex.

    Mark Mayleben • Aug. 07, 2018
  • How to future-proof your company for the contingent workforce

    As gig-based work grows more ingrained in the modern workplace, HR pros can take key steps to help their organizations embrace the shift, Sara Jensen of Innovative Employee Solutions writes.

    Sara Jensen • Aug. 03, 2018