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How to Create Return to Work Excitement

8 June 2021

How to Create Return to Work Excitement

Author: Linda Olejniczak

A successful return to work plan is based on trust, mutual understanding, and of course, providing an environment that appeals to your workforce. How do you create excitement around returning to work when a majority of your staff may want to remain remote?

(R + I) x T = Psychological Safety

25 May 2021

(R + I) x T = Psychological Safety

Author: Linda Olejniczak

The three components of psychological safety that are perceived in the workplace are respect, inclusion, and trust.  It is a simple equation: (R + I) x T = PS (psychological safety).   A recent blog by Dr. Ken Woodside, partner at The Luminous Group, looked closely at how to create a psychologically safe workplace. 

The Value of a Comprehensive Total Rewards Strategy

11 May 2021

The Value of a Comprehensive Total Rewards Strategy

Author: Linda Olejniczak

To say things have changed in the workplace is an understatement.  Make sure your benefits and programs have kept up. Here are total rewards trends to consider for your organization this year.

The Case for No-Meeting Days

27 April 2021

The Case for No-Meeting Days

Author: Linda Olejniczak

Whether working remote or in person chances are you have too many meetings. It is how we collaborate, manage projects, and get work done.  On average each of us are in 62 unproductive meetings per month which equals one whole week.   The side effects include lost productivity, burnout, overworked employees, and wasted time.  Not to mention employees are working at night and on the weekends to make up those hours.  Employees do not get time to put their head down and...
How HR Has Changed During the Pandemic

13 April 2021

How HR Has Changed During the Pandemic

Author: Linda Olejniczak

The pandemic has created drastic changes for organizations and HR departments.  Certain aspects of work that were deemed trends or labeled the future of work are now happening and look like they are here to stay.  Let’s examine how HR has changed during the pandemic.

Uncertainty Breeds Anxiety

30 March 2021

Uncertainty Breeds Anxiety

Author: Linda Olejniczak

Think of one word to define the last year…uncertainty.  We all know what uncertainty brings on…anxiety.  Each week we do not know what will come next, and that is taking a toll on our workforce’s mental health. 

HR’s Role in Succession Planning

16 March 2021

HR’s Role in Succession Planning

Author: Linda Olejniczak

Is your organization prepared for the worst-case talent scenarios? Do you have a plan to transfer knowledge of your leaders at all levels? Have you identified high performers who can move into these roles? If not, you need a succession plan. 

Return to Work – Under the Microscope

2 March 2021

Return to Work – Under the Microscope

Author: Linda Olejniczak

The remote work experiment is soon to become the return-to-work (RTW) experiment.  Reacclimating back to an on-site workforce will present an enormous change.  Returning to the workplace could mean recalling furloughed employees, transitioning away from mandatory remote work, or ramping back up toward full productivity. Maybe all three. Help your workforce make the psychological shift back.  Management teams should lead with empathy and demonstrate an understanding that while...
Virtual Communication – Ways to Keep the Virtual Door Open

16 February 2021

Virtual Communication – Ways to Keep the Virtual Door Open

Author: Linda Olejniczak

In a recent ASE Member discussion, members talked about how they miss the unplanned interactions in the office. These often become the starting point for solving problems and getting work done.  Studies have shown that the amount of time spent planning projects and communicating effectively for a virtual team is at least double what it is for an in‐person team.  How can your virtual team mimic that informal talk in the lunchroom or catching someone in the hallway?
Vaccines: The Communication Hurdle for Employers

2 February 2021

Vaccines: The Communication Hurdle for Employers

Author: Linda Olejniczak

The EEOC affirmed on 12/16/20 that businesses and employers may require employees to receive a vaccination as a condition of continued employment and can require proof of COVID-19 vaccination. While the news about the COVID-19 vaccines presents a light at the end of the tunnel, our journey is not over.  A recent article in SmartBrief presents a set of challenges for employer-employee communications.  It has as many questions as answers.

How to Set SMART Goals

19 January 2021

How to Set SMART Goals

Author: Linda Olejniczak

Ready to join those elite 8% of people who successfully hit their goals? Where do you want to see your department at the end of 2021? Writing your goals does not have to be difficult. Base them on intention. If circumstances change, simply modify your goals.

Why Google, Target, and General Mills Are Investing in Mindfulness

5 January 2021

Why Google, Target, and General Mills Are Investing in Mindfulness

Author: Linda Olejniczak

Do you start your day sitting quietly, taking a few deep breaths?  Mindfulness practitioners know the importance of recharging to regain productivity.  Mindfulness practices of reflection, openness, and thoughtfulness will have a positive impact on employees and the bottom line.

Resources for Working Parents During COVID-19

8 December 2020

Resources for Working Parents During COVID-19

Author: Linda Olejniczak

Have you heard this saying about the pandemic, “We are all in the same storm but in different boats?”  For most of us, our boat took a turn recently when many schools went back to virtual.  I think it is safe to say we all are over COVID.  For working parents, this has created even more challenges. Kids that were in face-to-face school are now virtual again, which means making more adjustments to daily routines.

Holiday Ideas for Spirited Festive Fun In 2020

24 November 2020

Holiday Ideas for Spirited Festive Fun In 2020

Author: Linda Olejniczak

Office parties are so last year. Planning an office party in 2020 is not an easy task.  Its time to think of alternatives to the annual event. Your employees will appreciate any effort you take to make the office holiday party one they look forward to, even if it is through a Zoom call. They deserve it, after all, 2020 has been quite a year.

Executive Orders Out - Emergency Orders and Emergency Rules In

10 November 2020

Executive Orders Out - Emergency Orders and Emergency Rules In

Author: Linda Olejniczak

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders were declared unconstitutional by the Michigan Supreme Court (MSC) in October.  Soon the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued emergency orders and Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) issued emergency rules governing workplace safety. It is important to know what changed and what stayed the same.

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