This spring, Dollar General will hire 20,000 part-time and full-time workers for its stores, distribution centers and trucking operation -- a 13% increase of its total workforce. The discount retailer plans to open 1,050 more stores this year.
Working from home comes with distinct stressors, particularly when technology doesn't work as it should. Social worker Melanie Shmois offers suggestions to relieve stress including leaving room for flexibility in case of unforeseen events and blocking off time to respond to messages rather than replying immediately.
The risk of burnout will be a concern for people seeking new jobs, and employers can help by offering a preview of what the workday will look like, says Modern Hire CEO Karin Borchert. "Often, pairing these previews with technology-powered assessments as well as videos and testimonials from current employees can go a long way in establishing or avoiding a prospective match," Borchert says.
HR should be monitoring laws related to paid sick leave even after the pandemic ends, especially because many employers face a patchwork of local and state regulations. Employees who work in multiple locations might be covered by more than one jurisdiction, notes Katharine Weber, an attorney with Jackson Lewis.
Some women are leaving their jobs because of caregiver responsibilities during the pandemic or feel they're suffering professionally because of those responsibilities, according to research from the Society for Human Resource Management. Paid leave, flexible policies around job hours, job sharing and pay audits are some of the remedies SHRM recommends.
Regular, measurable feedback from employees remains important, and efforts to collect input should focus on "the questions that are most relevant in the current climate and aligned to strategic priorities," says Stryker talent executive Genevieve Colema. This article discusses several methods, including annual surveys and focus groups.
Self-insured employers may have saved money last year because fewer people sought routine care, but the savings may end as people resume regular checkups and diagnoses increase, health insurance executives say. Employers could anticipate this trend by contributing to employee health savings accounts or reducing deductibles.
HR can help companies select post-pandemic footprints based on talent and diversity, rather than just factors like real estate cost. "Talent-first strategies will drive long-term business resilience and competitive advantage," says John Mattox of Gartner.
With stay-at-home dads nearly doubling since the 1980s and many parents forced out of full-time work in the pandemic, LinkedIn is offering the job title of stay-at-home parent. Nearly one-fifth of US parents leave the workforce to raise families, according to Pew Research Center, and return years later to experience biases toward the employment gap.
HR leaders have many options for applicant tracking systems, including automated features and advanced reporting but the process should start by looking at how you currently recruit, Dave Zielinski writes. Make sure an ATS provider can handle your organization's requirements, can scale and will still work with you after the sale.