Managing religious and medical exception requests for Biden’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate

President Biden’s sweeping Covid-19 mandate requirement for companies of 100 or more employees, announced last Thursday, brings managing the mandate and the reasonable accommodations requests from employees to the top of HR’s to-do list. The mandate requires workers either to…

Four disruptive steps to transform the work environment and finally beat Covid-19

For the second year in a row, the US celebrates Labor Day during a dramatic transformation of work and high anxiety for CEOs and workers. The difficulties presented by a chronic labor shortage of skilled and unskilled jobs are complicated…

Nine commanding health care benefit issues for 2022 that will drive your employer brand.

This year’s open enrollment will be like no other. Continuing COVID19 concerns, technology-empowered health care services alternatives, and new legislation will drive novel considerations for 2022. In addition, there are always the standard open enrolment issues of new health care…

Are you on the right — or wrong — side of history with your return-to-the-office plan?

Leaders often speak with me about the repeated delays in calling back to the office their remote employees and alternative optimum dates for their return. In fact, some organizations have rescheduled the return-to-the-office date four times. Others have recalled managers…

NOW is the time for employers to require COVID19 vaccines.

This week’s headlines highlight how the fourth COVID19 surge among the unvaccinated in the US is shifting plans by employers to recall workers to the office after Labor Day and explore whether employers should require workers to vaccinated. Companies need…

Open office bays were a disaster. Steps to transition to the hybrid work environment.

When implementing a remote work and hybrid work environment in 2012, one of our major discussion points was how to redesign the office. The executive team at Medtronic in Santa Rosa, CA, determined that 40 percent of our US workforce…

COVID-19 crushed women’s progress in the workforce. Five steps to turn it around.

What an irony. International Women’s Day, yesterday (March 8th), coincided with the anniversary of the onset of COVID19, a health disaster that brought the international economy to its knees and resulted in a tempestuous year for women in the workforce.…

Tips from a Hollywood comic: Address stress in the workforce

When one of your children grows up to be a Hollywood comic, you get used to your parenting style and idiosyncrasies being the fodder of jokes in comedy clubs across the country and post-pandemic online. My daughter is a Millennial…

Leading innovation in the post-pandemic world

Even in the normal times of the 2010s, before the pandemic, the business world was disruptive and innovation was difficult. We had many vice presidents of research and development, digital transformation, innovation, and marketing come to us asking, "Can you get our…

Six tips for accelerating innovation in a hybrid workforce.

The pandemic has proven that remote work can increase office employee productivity, morale, and employee-work life integration while reducing carbon emissions. But what about innovation workers? Do they have to be face-to-face every day to innovate? The answer from my…