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5 Ways HR Can Support Employees’ Mental Health

An employee’s mental health includes how they think, feel and act, and includes their emotional and social well-being. While mental health includes mental illness, the two aren’t interchangeable. An employee can go through a period of poor mental health but not necessarily have a clear, diagnosable mental illness. Additionally, an employee’s mental health can change … Continued

Workplaces Considering a Hybrid Work Model

The pandemic has resulted in thousands of employees working from their kitchen tables or living rooms rather than the office or other workplaces. However, as more Americans receive a COVID-19 vaccination and organizations develop or update their return-to-work plans, some employees may still be eager to continue working remotely, even if just for a few … Continued

Attracting Restaurant Employees Post-COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on many industries—and the hospitality industry is no exception. Now, as lockdowns disappear and restrictions loosen, more restaurants are resuming normal business operations. As the demand for dining increases, the hiring scramble is on for restaurants. In addition to employee and customer health and safety, employee attraction is … Continued

GIVEN THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, SHOULD WE CANCEL OUR ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY?

Question Given the COVID-19 pandemic, should we cancel our annual holiday party? Answer We would certainly recommend not having an in-person event this year, which could put your company, employees, customers, and community at risk. If your event spreads the virus, your employees could become sick, much of your workforce may need to quarantine, and … Continued

HOW TO SUPPORT A GRIEVING EMPLOYEE

Everyone experiences grief at some point in their life, and yet for being such a common experience, it’s also one that few of us are fully equipped to navigate when it comes. In part, this is because grief is such an overwhelming and horrible experience. Nothing can prepare you for it. You just have to … Continued

WHY TERMINATION ALWAYS COMES WITH RISK

Question I’ve heard it said that termination always comes with risk. What does that mean? Answer It means there’s always a risk that a terminated employee could make an issue of the termination, claiming that it was discriminatory or based on some other illegal reason. (There’s also the risk that they will bad-mouth your organization … Continued

DOL RELEASES NEW BACK-TO-SCHOOL FFCRA GUIDANCE

Ever since it became clear that not all schools would be fully reopening for the new school year, employers and employees alike have been wondering how the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) would apply in the variety of new schooling scenarios. The Department of Labor has released several new Questions and Answers that … Continued

Updating Your Employee Handbook

Handbook policies are increasingly being used by employers to respond to critical events in 2020. BJA Partners recommends ThinkHR in regards to updating your employee handbook. The Value of Policies Policies have always been important to employers. They spell out what’s expected of employees, enable employees to reference key information, and also protect organizations from … Continued

5 Ways COVID-19 is Reshaping HR

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has upended the entire world, it seems. With fluctuating infection rates and conflicting official guidance, organizations will need to adapt quickly if they want to succeed in the post-coronavirus landscape. HR teams stand at the forefront of these efforts. For years, HR departments have been tasked with ushering in fundamental workplace … Continued

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