A Twitter video showing a dog gently rock a baby by nudging a bouncer with his head has attracted 1 million views and more than 84,000 likes. "This is Bowser. He's the designated baby bouncer for today. Doesn't mind the responsibility because he's quite good at it," the tweet says.
The Omicron variant is bringing additional stress and emotional strain to many people, including social worker Karen Hahn, who notes that "our brains are not designed to live under chronic stress." Mental health professionals and other clinicians say that clients are feeling exhausted from the pandemic, calls to help lines are up and they're seeing clients increase alcohol intake.
Most workers perceive HR as fair and trustworthy -- 70% and 69% respectively -- but fewer say it is compassionate or that it makes them feel valued or supported, according to an APQC survey. APQC's Elissa Tucker explains how the study reveals key issues HR can tackle to improve retention, including forming personal connections with employees, listening to them and supporting them to do their best work.
Paul White, author of "The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace," shares how he's persevered professionally but distinguishes that from pushing himself too hard, as he did in his family life. "Only with 'dialing it back', supportive friends and gaining a healthier perspective on career goals and achievement have we been able to move forward into a more sane pace of life," White says.
Businesses across industries are facing higher levels of worker callouts, likely because of the Omicron variant. "What we are doing is the same as every other business -- you have to limit your product line," says Stew Leonard's CEO Stew Leonard Jr.
Plan your day and week through timeboxing or other strategies to focus on activities that move you ahead personally and professionally, writes Nir Eyal. "A blank schedule and a mile-long to-do list, on the other hand, is a recipe for torment," Eyal writes.
Executive-level titles are emerging that focus on managing remote and hybrid work, according to LinkedIn data, which found a 304% increase in hybrid work titles during the pandemic. Titles mentioning remote work, flexible work and wellness are also on the rise in recent years, with these positions spreading beyond HR.
HR IT specialists can help companies better retain and develop employees by increasing the focus on employee experience, whether it's mapping "moments that matter" in employees' careers, working with IT or enhancing the skill sets of HRIT staffers, says Dion Love of Gartner. By contrast, many HRIT departments are "communicating primarily about system updates, such as new requirements for a payroll system," Love says.
Mobile apps for recruitment, training, employee engagement and routine matters could play a bigger role in HR operations over the next five years. "[Apps are] meant to automate things that can be automated so that we can focus on the stuff that makes an even bigger impact on your day to day," says Kim Rohrer, interim head of people at Oyster.
Compt is a platform that enables companies to offer stipends for a variety of perks across categories including learning and development, health and fitness, family and remote work. "Offering this diversity of benefits can help a company better align its mission, vision, values and goals," says CEO Amy Spurling.
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