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…

Ready, Set, GO: Get ready to win the race for HR digital transformation!

The year of the pandemic is just about over. An HR digital transformation is at hand. The coronavirus pandemic, the switch to digital business models, and the hybrid work environment -- triggered by working from home -- have accelerated HR’s…

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…

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…

How to succeed with succession planning

One of the most high-risk decision organizations make with talent is selecting new leaders, from the first line to the CEO. It is a discussion many executives have had with me. Just as often, they make the same mistake beginning…

Five hallmarks of excellent candidate experience for the 2020s

Last year was a year like no other. The pandemic nearly shut down recruiting in the Spring and dramatically changed how leading companies recruit, use digital technology, and communicate with candidates. Companies that ignore these winning trends to improve the…

Innovation in 2021 requires three talent strategies

The virus COVID-19 proved Plato was right: crisis is the mother of invention. McKinsey's new report on the Trends that Will Drive 2021 and Beyond identifies a wave of innovation and a new generation of entrepreneurs sparked by the pandemic as one…

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…