Labor headwinds like demographic shifts and changing employee expectations have kept HR managers on their toes. Between tailoring education and training to the needs of the modern workforce, HR managers also face considerable pressure to keep top talent happy and engaged.
While you do your best to prevent employee turnover, employees will eventually leave an organization—voluntary or not. Whether it’s a spouse’s relocation, different career moves, family obligations, layoffs, or retirement, there are many reasons why employees exit. While these life events can happen in any organization, HR managers can handle employee departures gracefully and use their experiences to fine-tune retention efforts.
The holiday season can be a tricky time for HR professionals and company leaders. Everyone on your staff is likely to feel the crunch of additional professional and personal obligations at the end of the year, and mass burnout may always feel imminent. Throwing a fun holiday party to show appreciation for your staff is a good idea, but it can also be a logistical nightmare. And while hiring additional seasonal staff can help increase productivity, it may also cause confusion about compliance with employment laws.
But fear not! We’ve pulled together a few pointers to help you make the holiday season as smooth as possible in your workplace this year.
We’ve officially entered the holiday season, and we’re within striking distance of the new year. Just in time for the holiday rush, Walmart adopted a predictive scheduling system—a big move for the retail giant that may help set the standard for other retail employers. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of firefighters in a unanimous vote, work stress has continued to increase in the last five years, and employers shudder at the thought of competing with Amazon’s HQ2 in the already-tight talent pool. That’s what we’re covering in this month’s edition of the HR Roundup, a collection of the top news HR professionals need to know.