Virtual work accelerates what’s innovative!

When I worked for Medtronic businesses in Santa Rosa, CA, in 2012, implementing a remote work environment, we learned that requiring innovation workers to come into the office every day was unnecessary. In fact, we discovered that virtual teams and…

Professionals cite key trends for HR in 2022

In a 2022 report on HR Trends, Trust Radius has concluded that most HR professionals are pleased with the success of remote work implementation and employee wellbeing. But, at the same time, HR professionals have been challenged and exhausted by…

As work reopens, studies show workers prefer remote work, especially women

Studies by Pew Research and the Labor Department show that as work reopens, most employees prefer working from home, especially women. After the pandemic, women lag men in rejoining the labor force, exacerbating our labor shortage. Preference has replaced fear…

Don’t let office real estate be a financial drain.

When I was at Medtronic in Santa Rosa, CA, in 2012, I learned that individual office cubes and offices were in use only about 37 percent of the time, as the occupants were traveling or in meetings. Worse, many employers…

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…

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.…

CEOs choose well. There is a great tsunami coming of employee turnover.

Four CEO’s blasted remote workers last week, saying that employees who want to continue working remotely aren’t engaged with their companies. Perhaps the most egregious and self-serving comment came from WeWork CEO, Sandeep Mathrani, who said at The Wall Street…