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WHEN STRESS AFFECTS AN EMPLOYEE’S MENTAL HEALTH

Question: An employee says that the stress of the job is affecting their mental health. How should we handle this? Answer: This employee may just need to talk through their concerns and get your help prioritizing or delegating. They may, for example, feel like every single thing on their to-do list is life-or-death by Friday … Continued

The HR Pet Press

Welcome to the HR Pet Press, a place to learn tips & tricks to keep your employees’ four-legged family members happy & healthy. A New Work-Life Balance—Pets Included If one thing is true of Americans, it’s this: We love our pets. Research reveals that more than half of households in the United States include at … Continued

American Rescue Plan Act Signed Into Law

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which is the latest bill to address the ongoing economic impacts of COVID-19, has been signed into law. Most aspects of the law do not directly affect the HR function, but those that do—optional extension of sick and family leave and establishment of COBRA subsidies—are outlined below. OPTIONAL EXTENSION … Continued

HOW TO MAKE GOOD USE OF YOUR EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK

Employee handbooks are a nifty communication and reference tool for the workplace, but only if they’re used and not collecting dust on some physical (or digital) shelf. A handbook is only as good as what it does. At the minimum, it should do the following: Introduce employees to the fundamentals of your organization’s culture—the beliefs … Continued

SBA’s PPP Fully Opens for Second Round of Loans

The U.S. Department of Treasury and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently announced updates to eligibility for Payment Protection Program (PPP) loan applications, allowing borrowers to apply through larger lenders. Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19, the portal will open for borrowers to apply for both first (known as First Draw PPP Loans) and second (known … Continued

CDC Guidance for Workplace COVID-19 Vaccination Programs

Making COVID-19 vaccination part of your workplace wellness program may offer benefits to you and your employees. To aid in keeping their workplace healthy, employers can consider offering free, on-site COVID-19 vaccinations at work locations. This HR Insights article provides an overview of guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for workplace … Continued

WHAT SMALL BUSINESSES CAN TEACH US IN 2021

Based on responses from over 2,200 professionals to our October survey, there’s a bigger story at play than just “it was a challenging year.” Small businesses teach us that responding to employee concerns, prioritizing people over profits, and dealing with compliance through collaboration are vital to braving the ever-changing role of human resources in 2021. … Continued

5 Ways to Beat Work-from Home Burnout

If you’re working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic and feeling burnt out, you’re not alone. According to a survey by Monster, an online employment platform, 69% of remote employees are experiencing burnout. What is burnout? According to the World Health Organization, you may have burnout if you experience: 1. Increased exhaustation or energy depletion 2. … Continued

Mental Health Employee Benefits Trends for 2021

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans have reported increases in anxiety, depression and thoughts of suicide. The toll that the pandemic takes on mental health increases daily. Before the pandemic, 5% of employed workers reported poor or very poor mental health. Now, 18% of employed workers struggle with mental health issues. The COVID-19 … Continued

BE ALERT: EMPLOYERS ARE SEEING A SPIKE IN PHISHING SCAMS

Phishing emails are a type of scam designed to obtain information or prompt certain behavior from their targets. To that end, they typically appear to come from a person or entity we trust. In most cases, careful inspection will reveal cracks in the façade, little signs that the message is not what it purports to … Continued

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