Steven Sweeney

holiday stress in the workplace

Eight tips for managing holiday stress in the workplace

Holiday Stress is here…As if 2021 hasn’t been difficult enough, the majority of Americans are bracing for additional worry and tension this holiday season. But there are solutions. In a normal year, almost half of all women and a third of men say they are more stressed around the holidays (Source: American Psychological Association). There …

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Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Employees

Vaccinated and unvaccinated employees: HR considerations for a vexing issue

With many businesses calling employees back to the worksite or eyeing the calendar for return dates, a new wrinkle in office politics is emerging. What’s happening? Rising tensions between vaccinated and unvaccinated employees is adding stress to an already nerve-wracking year. The problems often arise when employers establish separate standards for vaccinated and unvaccinated employees. …

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How companies that outsource HR fared during the pandemic’s early days

COVID-19 surprised us all. It found most business owners unprepared to deal with lockdowns, PPE, hybrid work, vaccinations, supply chain disruptions and labor shortages. It challenged us to be flexible, to be creative, and to be resilient. We’re not over the pandemic, but we’re far enough along to look back at the factors that helped …

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Defining fully vaccinated now that booster shots are here

What do booster shots mean for HR in a fully vaccinated environment?

For many companies the term “fully vaccinated” is now in question. I’m a big believer in the power of words. “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless,” said Mother Theresa. The challenge with words—besides finding just the right ones—is that their meaning can change over time. Case …

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Ways an HR Advisor Can Help Your Business

Three ways an HR advisor can help your business

Hiring an outsourced HR advisor has a lot of advantages. Hiring one that specializes in employee relations comes with some surprising benefits. Almost every HR advisor can handle the day-to-day, such as job descriptions, personnel handbooks, compensation, training and information about issues and regulations. Some can also provide strategic guidance—from staffing configuration to business processes …

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Listening

Why HR experts say listening is the new must-have leadership skill, and how to do it effectively

A recent survey found that nearly 60% of American workers are thinking about a career change. That’s an astounding number. Perhaps just as worrisome: 34% are considering leaving their current jobs with 19% actively looking (source: Magnify Money). The reasons won’t surprise you. There is burnout from the pandemic, wanting to work from home, better …

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How much HR support do you need?

How much HR support do you need? The answer might surprise you

Companies are increasingly seeking HR support from outside their own internal staff. For most employers, there’s no doubt that the past 18 months have been the most volatile in modern history. We’ve been facing a perfect storm brought on by COVID-19, demands for social justice and a new administration in Washington. Who would have imagined …

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