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COVID-19 has fundamentally changed so much about the ways that workplaces operate. Though companies continue to hire new employees, the traditional methods of recruiting and onboarding these new employees have been upended.

S ocial distancing guidelines require many of us to work remotely. Here are some tips to help those of us in the recruiting world adapt to the “new normal”:

Consider Video Chat

Video chat has become a preferred method of interviewing candidates. I suggest organizations look at various options when selecting a platform. The technology your company chooses should offer, in addition to being easy to use and financially feasible, data security and privacy during the recruitment process. It is also essential for recruiters to develop procedures that will accommodate candidates who cannot access the selected technology. …


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COVID-19 has fundamentally changed so much about the ways that workplaces operate. Though companies continue to hire new employees, the traditional methods of recruiting and onboarding these new employees have been upended.

S ocial distancing guidelines require many of us to work remotely. Here are some tips to help those of us in the recruiting world adapt to the “new normal”:

Consider Video Chat

Video chat has become a preferred method of interviewing candidates. I suggest organizations look at various options when selecting a platform. The technology your company chooses should offer, in addition to being easy to use and financially feasible, data security and privacy during the recruitment process. It is also essential for recruiters to develop procedures that will accommodate candidates who cannot access the selected technology. …


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It’s not unusual for employees to feel unappreciated by their employers and to believe that their hard work and their accomplishments go unnoticed. Getting passed over for a promotion, receiving no credit for the hard work you’ve performed, and being underpaid are some of the multiple ways that impact employee morale and can result in unhappiness with the company. What can employers do about this? Something as simple as saying “thank you” to employees can be a good start. Here are some other suggestions:

Employee of the Week

An employee of the week program gives each employee the opportunity for their efforts to be publicly recognized. Organizations can schedule an after-work function to acknowledge the contributions made by these employees. People selected for employee of the week could receive rewards such as gift baskets, gift cards, or even have their pictures put up on a bulletin board so their colleagues can recognize their achievements. How should employees of the week be chosen? Criteria could include punctuality, putting in extra work hours, etc. …


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Sandra Charton is a Human Resources professional with many years of experience. She is passionate about the work she does and is always interested in learning more about trends and developments in the field.

After graduating from Brandeis University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies, Sandra decided to challenge herself by attending law school. She graduated from Boston University School of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctor.

Sandra began her career by serving as Counsel for a large labor union, the National Association of Government Employees/International Brotherhood of Police Officers. This position turned out to be a wonderful introduction to so many different areas of labor and employment law, and Sandra was subsequently recruited by a Boston law firm. …


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A career in human resources offers so many opportunities, and the field continues to grow. I’ve been asked by people I’ve mentored to provide advice on helpful “entry paths” to this fascinating profession. Here are my suggestions for developing your academic profile and obtaining essential skills and experience.

Pursue Higher Education

One way to kick-start your ambitions is by pursuing relevant higher education in HR from a competent learning institution. Earning a certificate, diploma, undergraduate degree, or even a graduate degree prepares you to undertake further responsibilities upon graduation. The higher the level of education you pursue, the better your chances of focusing on the particular types of available jobs in which you’re interested. …


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Human resources departments are a vital part of any organization. HR professionals are essential for ensuring that an organization’s most valuable asset — its employees — are engaged, productive, and happy. Here are a few ways that human resources keeps things going.

Talent Management and Acquisition

Human resources plays a crucial role in finding and managing the talented and hard-working employees that organizations need in order to thrive. They are responsible for employee development, performance management, and career paths. HR, partnering with management, provides leadership in developing strategies for recruiting and retaining excellent employees.

Employee Benefits and Payroll

HR departments are also responsible for conducting research, making recommendations, and effectuating implementation of all employee benefits programs. This is crucial for attracting and keeping employees who are engaged and positive about their workplace experiences. …


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Attracting talented people is key to your organization’s overall success. But what do you do once you have found the right employees? You onboard them! Onboarding new employees is an important process for ensuring that everyone is set up to thrive in their jobs. If you worry that your onboarding process is lacking a certain pizzazz, here are some tips to spruce it up:

Have a Plan

Start thinking about onboarding before your new employee accepts the position so that the transition will go as smoothly as possible. Have a comprehensive onboarding strategy tailored to different departments, teams, and jobs. …


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We all know that exercise is crucial for staying healthy, but how many people can really say we know exactly what exercise does to our bodies? There’s mountains of research showing just how important staying fit is for keeping our hearts healthy, our hormones in balance, our brains working into our old age and much more. If you’ve been on the fence about starting a workout regimen or are simply curious about how exercise impacts our bodies, check out this list of reasons to exercise:

Improves Breathing

Exercise benefits our breathing in two very important ways. First, it strengthens the muscles around our lungs, making it easier to bring oxygen into our body and to get rid of carbon dioxide. In addition, exercise increases our body’s aerobic capacity — i.e., the body’s ability to get the oxygen we breathe into our cells and tissues. We tend to lose about 10 percent of our aerobic capacity each decade, but regular exercise can cut this loss in half. Many of exercise’s other benefits stem from our body’s ability to use more oxygen, so this is by far the most important reason to exercise. …


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Our lives can get hectic, and meetings, deadlines, and other obligations can make it difficult to stay active. Luckily there are plenty of ways to keep fit while navigating your busy schedule. There are also fun ways to integrate exercise into your vacation plans.

Body Weight Exercises: Using your own body weight is easier than you think! These exercises are great because you don’t need a gym membership and you can do them anywhere. There are many to this type of training, including building muscle and burning more fat. Some common exercises using only your body weight include:

You can quickly do these exercises in the morning before work (and while you’re on vacation). If you want to make your workouts a little more challenging, you can use a resistance band. Resistance bands are lightweight and easy to pack — just slip them in your bag and go! …


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Exercise can take a toll on our joints, muscles, and bones. This is because of the high impact that many traditional exercises have on our bodies. Here are a few “low impact” ways to keep in shape:

Swimming — As I can personally attest, you don’t have to be a fantastic swimmer to reap the benefits of this activity. Doing laps or even walking around in the water keeps your heart rate up while keeping stress off of your body. Moreover, the fact that swimming is a horizontal, rather than vertical, activity helps you get a full body workout! …

About

Sandra Charton, Esq.

Sandra Charton is an HR Strategist and Lawyer with over 20 years of experience helping organizations create positive workplace cultures. SandraCharton.net

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