After a worker is promoted to a management position, relationships with former co-workers need to adjust, and it is up to HR to help new managers through this process, writes Bryan Otte, CEO of HRPlus Group. "We simply can't toss a new manager into the deep end and hope they figure it out," he writes.
In yesterday's Your Career, we talked about career clothes that women are wearing for their remote work. For men's style, consider the cricket style of dressing, which combines comfort wear with crispness.
The US Soccer Federation has resolved a legal dispute with the US Women's National Team over unequal working conditions, with measures to be implemented across "hotel accommodations, staffing, venues, and travel." The USWNT still plans to fight for equal pay, with spokeswoman Molly Levinson noting the agreement doesn't "account for the central fact in this case that women players have been paid at lesser rates than men who do the same job."
Companies are collecting more data on their employees during the pandemic, but many lack transparency and guidelines about what data is tracked and how it's used, according to Gartner research. "In the most successful organizations, the analytics team also partners with business unit leaders, with IT and sometimes with outside experts for their points of view on how data should be collected and used ethically," says Chantal Steen of Gartner.
Progressive Insurance has maintained its internship program during the pandemic by having all of the interns work remotely. "Our interns learned new virtual technology to accomplish their job responsibilities," says Gabe De Leon, collegiate and MBA recruiting manager.
Hiring needs to be remote-friendly and understanding of resume gaps potentially caused by the pandemic, writes Christina Ioannou, HR vice president at Lewis Global Communications. "HR managers might not have interviewed a candidate without certain prerequisite degrees or previous work experience in the past, but in 2020, it could be an opportunity to provide a fresh perspective," Ioannou writes.
Delta's applicant tracking system has additionally used during the pandemic to improve employee-mobility offerings, especially with many employees taking early retirement or on furlough. Separately, Walmart used a vendor to improve its pre-hiring assessments as it brought on and promoted hundreds of thousands of workers.
Vendors are offering internal talent marketplace products as companies seek to reorganize quickly during the pandemic. "Can you source that work -- that work that needs to get done -- from your existing employee base?" says Workday co-CEO Aneel Bhusri.
The pandemic made analytics a priority for large enterprises this year instead of predicted trends like embedded business intelligence and natural language processing. Organizations without in-house analytics tracking now have access to many vendors and tools as a result of the pandemic, says data and analytics researcher Dave Menninger.
A little bit of thanks can go a long way with employees, either as a written note or verbal praise, and is crucial to keeping employees engaged with the company. "A happy employee might not necessarily be a productive employee, but engaged employees tend to perform better than their unengaged counterparts," says Vivian Woo, senior people science analyst at Culture Amp.
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