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…

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…

Five New Priorities for 2022 HR budgets

One of the most difficult budgets to prepare for any company is the human resources budget. HR leaders and their executive teams need to anticipate the needs for next year for both the HR department and for leading the workforces.…

Gallup reports improving engagement is not enough. Five tips for leading a stressed-out, restless workforce.

Gallup released its venerable State of the Global Workplace Report for 2021 this month. Surprisingly, workplace engagement rose to 36 percent in 2020, the year of the pandemic, a one percent increase for both the US and Canada. But, stress…

Five tips to ride the turnover tsunami.

The turnover tsunami is here. There are 9.3 million US open jobs, which is the highest number since 2020 and almost twice the number of a year ago, and it nearly matches the 9.8 million unemployed. In normal times, a…

Employee stress skyrockets due to return-to-the-office plans. Time for a reliable playbook

As companies announce plans for remote workers to return to the office, a new study finds that employee anxiety is surging. Companies call me concerned that many of their employees, including key technical and leadership staff, are resigning rather than…

Is your employer brand ready for a labor shortage in 2021?

A recruiter told me last week that job ghosting has started up again, even after her company moved its pay levels to market competitive levels. The prediction I made to her is that by August, the US will have more…

The new paradigm of hybrid work and improved employee experiences

The pandemic, remote work, and digital technology have changed the paradigm of how to think about work, where we work, and the employee experience. Accelerated vaccination rates have employers making plans to reopen their offices, but the role of the…

Seven practical lessons to make a hybrid workforce engaged, productive, and innovative!

Executive teams deserve high praise for their excellent leadership implementing safe COVID-19 policies, complying with new laws, and the quick pivot to remote work in mid-March 2020. As one said to me, “It all went smoother than we thought. Now,…

5 Predictions About the Future of Work for 2021

Last year ended with the FDA approval of Pfizer’s COVID19 vaccine and the vaccination of the first US health care workers on Monday, Dec. 14. The US still has several months of rising COVID19 infections and deaths before 60 percent…