HR News Roundup: Mental health, financial stress, drive-through hiring, Coronavirus updates & the lighter side
This edition of HR News covers workplace mental health in the Zoom era, employee financial stress, drive-through hiring, and more. We also have updates on Coronavirus news you should know and items from the lighter side. 10 Tips for Improving Mental Health in the Zoom...
There's both good news and bad news on the Covid-19 front as we approach the holidays. First, the good news. This past week, Pfizer announced that they've developed a vaccine that is more than 90% effective. While more testing is needed, if all goes well and there...
As a nation, we’re always passionate about our politics, but this election year, people seem more heated than usual. Maybe it’s partly the pandemic that’s keeping us cooped up, financially stressed, and worried about the future. Part of the intensity of our feelings...
In theory, most employers and managers would prefer to keep politics out of the workplace. In reality, it’s difficult to leave anything that people care about at the front door. In a February Gartner survey of US employees, 47% of those surveyed said that they were...
In this HR News Roundup, we offer links to important benefit surveys, articles on how HR and jobs are being changed by the pandemic, looming lawsuits, and more news, including a stress break with items from the lighter side. 2020 Employer Health Benefits Survey The...
With the pandemic continuing to claim lives and disrupt employees at home and at work, the list of stressors has grown to include balancing childcare, schooling, return to work, financial problems, family health and disruptions of routines. The results of all this are...
Don't overlook your mental health during the pandemic: Get ready for a focus on Mental Health and Depression in October to find help and resources. During the pandemic, there’s a heavy focus on our physical health. Everywhere we turn, there’s information about masks,...
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone get the flu vaccine in September or October before the start of the flu season. Flu producers are gearing up to boost the supply and many pharmacies and clinics are administering seasonal flu...
If you are reluctant to take your vacation time during the pandemic, you aren’t alone. Many people are nervous about traveling – and in some cases, travel options may be limited. For many, a vacation just isn’t a vacation without travel. According to a survey of...
In this HR News Roundup, there are several articles about remote work, from whether WFH is here to stay to leave policies for those with long-term recovery. There are also items about how COVID-19 is changing the way employees view their benefits, and what the benefit...
In these uneasy times, it’s no surprise that many educators are anxious about back to school that entails returning to the physical classroom. NPR reports that in a national poll, 82% of K-12 teachers say they are concerned about returning to in-person teaching this...
When it comes to back-to-school in the era of Covid-19, the only certainty right now seems to be uncertainty. Everyone agrees that the ideal learning scenario is to return children to in-person classrooms with teachers and peers, but the looming pandemic and...
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