Our current issue of HR News Roundup features items on what employers need to do to switch to a 4-day work-week schedule, conflict in the workplace, lagging engagement, leveraging the skills of veterans in the workplace, and more. Don’t miss the items from the lighter side.

Switching to a 4-day workweek may require a ‘conscious redesign of work’
Laurel Kalser, HR Dive

For a 4-day workweek to be successful, CHROs and other organizational leaders must take conscious steps to redesign work and help employees embrace tech-based productivity and time-saving tools, according to an analysis by The Josh Bersin Co. and the Work Time Reduction Center of Excellence. A 4-day workweek model should be built on three innovative actions, the study found.

Conflict happens. Here’s how to get better at dealing with it
Stephanie Vozza, FastCompany

Whether it’s a colleague who continuously oversteps their bounds or a boss who disagrees on how tasks should be performed, even a company with a great culture will experience internal conflicts from time to time. According to 2023 research from the management software platform ZipDo, 85% of employees experience conflict in the workplace, resulting in an annual cost to businesses of $359 billion.

Related: 7 tips for conflict resolution in the workplace

Engagement for Boomers: What They Want, How to Give It
Ryan Pendell, Gallup

But organizations are also in the middle of a tight labor market, intensified by the retirement of the largest generation in the workforce. Companies may be looking to keep their most veteran workers longer, along with their expertise, institutional knowledge and customer relationships.
At the same time, businesses may be looking to attract retirees to fill part-time or entry-level positions. Those retirees have specific wants: flexibility, social wellbeing, a sense of purpose and supplemental retirement income.

From the military to the workforce: How to leverage veterans’ skills
McKinsey & Company

Traditional ways of hiring make it harder for many service members to land civilian jobs. A new approach could help veterans transition to the workforce—and add $15 billion to the US economy.

Menopause: The next big benefits trend?
Dawn Kawamoto, Human Resource Executive

A new study released by benefits consultant NFP shows that while only 4% of U.S. employers currently offer menopause accommodations, a third are considering adding them within the next five years. NFP surveyed more than 500 HR leaders across the U.S. who work at employers of various sizes and industries.


HR News Roundup: Quick Takes

From the Lighter Side  …

  • The Rijksmuseum of Amsterdam has created a marvelous Advent calendar-style site called Winter Wonder, inviting visitor to unlock a new window of wonders daily, revealing magical winter scenes and special wins. Even if you join it late, you can revisit past days.
  • ” … the Santa you see in American movies and on Coca-Cola bottles is only one version of a mythical being who either rewards or punishes children and gives out gifts around Yuletide. From Sinterklaas in The Netherlands who rides a horse to the female Christkind in Austria and Germany, here’s how Santa Claus is portrayed in 13 countries around the world.” Here’s what Santa Claus looks like in 13 countries around the world
  • There’s a viral TikTok video that will make you feel like a kid again as you accompany a child on a trip to the north Pole to visit Santa. The Santa Experience is at the Natick Mall in Natick, Ma – you can see more about it in this YouTube video: Elevator Express.
  • What happens when Santa goes into the studio to shoot a holiday promo? In the video below, an ad agency has fun with this idea while poking fun at its industry.

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