Glassdoor published its 13th annual Employees' Choice Awards for the Best Places to Work, and the top five large US employers are, in order, Bain & Company, NVIDIA, In-N-Out Burger, HubSpot and McKinsey & Company. The top five small and medium employers are, in order, Life.Church, Crew Carwash, Ike, Pariveda Solutions and Malouf.
"The Great Covid Job Churn" will come, predicts recruiter William Vanderbloemen, after months of stagnation in the job market, with workers looking to move closer to home or reassessing their career goals. Employers need to determine which workers they really want to keep and make sure the work environment and pay is appealing.
Many employees will be skeptical or fearful of COVID-19 vaccines, and while employers can require vaccinations, they'll succeed more with strong, empathetic and clear communication that aligns with employee well-being, public health communications and company policies, writes Inspire PR Group founder Hinda Mitchell. "Going in with a 'vaccinate or else' message is sure to fail, while a well-crafted set of messages will build a favorable climate for future vaccination requirements," she writes.
Employers should make sure drug-use and drug-testing policies keep pace with state and federal action on marijuana, which the incoming Biden administration has pledged to decriminalize. "Many state medical marijuana laws prohibit employment discrimination against applicants and employees who use medical marijuana, and we can expect to see the courts continuing the trend to protect the rights of medical marijuana users in the workplace," says Kathryn Russo, an attorney at Jackson Lewis.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has proposed that employers provide no more than modest incentives, such as low-value gift cards and water bottles, to encourage employee participation in wellness programs. The proposal, which applies to programs that monitor health data and excludes group health plans, aims to prevent employers from pressuring employees to release health information.
The pandemic has shown HR why strategy needs to be regularly updated and aligned with management aims, says Armaan Seth, HR leader at Syngenta Asia Pacific. "I think it's extremely important now, more than ever, to get business buy in to all our initiatives because a lot of what we are doing as a function is actually carried out by the leaders, and not by HR," Seth says.
Chief HR officers are partners with the board and the rest of the C-suite in holding leaders accountable, which includes how compensation is determined, writes Vince Molinaro, CEO of Leadership Contract. "As the leader of the people function of an organization, employees expect the top HR leader to be above reproach, to be the guiding light, and even be the conscience for everyone else," Molinaro writes.
HR leaders at Epsilon, OppLoans, IMC Trading and bswift have started online activities such as virtual social events, fitness programs and remote talent shows to maintain workplace culture while employees work remotely. "Send out an employee engagement survey and regularly ask for feedback on your efforts to incorporate your company culture into the remote work environment," says Patrick McGarrity, chief fun officer at bswift.
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