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The Post Pandemic Workplace: Remote Employees and Requirements

15 June 2021

The Post Pandemic Workplace: Remote Employees and Requirements

Author: Anthony Kaylin

As we begin to pass by the pandemic and bring back workers to the physical workplace, a host of issues has to be reviewed by HR with the new workplace.  In some cases, employers are having a hybrid approach to working.  In other cases, employers are allowing for 100% remote work.  Finally, other employers are requiring 100% return to the office.  And in today’s world, if the job can be remote, recruitment could be expanded outside the normal recruiting area, possibly...
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?

ASE Releases COVID-19 Return to Work Survey Findings – Employers Taking a Cautious Approach to In-Person Work

1 June 2021

ASE Releases COVID-19 Return to Work Survey Findings – Employers Taking a Cautious Approach to In-Person Work

Author: Kevin Marrs

ASE has released the results of our most recent COVID-19 Business Impact Survey.  The COVID-19 Return to Work Survey, launched on May 13, 2021 and examined employers’ plans around return to work.

Michigan Businesses Plan for a Hybrid Return-to-Work Model and a Strong Economy

18 May 2021

Michigan Businesses Plan for a Hybrid Return-to-Work Model and a Strong Economy

Author: Heather Nezich

Michigan’s business leaders see robust growth ahead in the state’s economy during the next six to 12 months and plan a return to in-person office work in the 3rd (48%) and 4th (31%) quarters of this year, according to a quarterly economic survey completed by Business Leaders for Michigan. Only 10% have already returned.

Remote Work is Here to Stay – How to Develop a Strategy for Long-Term Success

11 May 2021

Remote Work is Here to Stay – How to Develop a Strategy for Long-Term Success

Author: Jason Rowe

In ASE’s latest COVID-19 Business Impact Survey, over 52% of Michigan employers report that some staff will work remotely on a regular full-time basis after the pandemic, if their job allows it. Nationally, more than 80% of employers describe that their organizations’ shift to remote work during the pandemic has been successful, and nearly 40% have reported an increase in productivity, according to a recent Pearl Meyer survey.

Employees Mourn Return to Office and Employers Celebrate

11 May 2021

Employees Mourn Return to Office and Employers Celebrate

Author: Anthony Kaylin

On Monday, May 10th, Governor Whitmer announced that Michigan achieved the 55% threshold of the population having received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  This milestone was identified as required in the “The Vacc to Normal Plan” to allow all in-person work to resume.  In-person work begins two weeks after the date the milestone was reached, which is May 24th.  This reopening has many employers smiling and many employees mourning as the flexibility...
Remote Work – There is No Turning Back Now

4 May 2021

Remote Work – There is No Turning Back Now

Author: Heather Nezich

More than two-thirds (68%) of U.S. workers prefer a hybrid workplace model after the pandemic ends, according to Prudential’s Pulse of the American Worker survey, conducted by Morning Consult in March. Of those surveyed who have been working remotely, 87% want to continue to work remotely at least one day per week post-pandemic.

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...
2020 Graduates Still Struggle to Find Work, Survey Finds

20 April 2021

2020 Graduates Still Struggle to Find Work, Survey Finds

Author: Kevin Marrs

The impact of the pandemic on college recruitment has been significant.  According to a recently released survey by the online employment website Monster, nearly half (45%) of the class of 2020 are still looking for work.  This impact is likely familiar to those who had the misfortune of graduating college during past recessions.

Top Leadership Challenges of 2021

20 April 2021

Top Leadership Challenges of 2021

Author: Heather Nezich

2020 was a challenging year, and the pandemic continues to create new challenges in 2021.  A new leadership survey from ExecOnline polled thousands of leaders across the U.S. to find out what their biggest challenges are.

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.

Employers Facilitating Employee Vaccinations and Making Plans for Return to Office

30 March 2021

Employers Facilitating Employee Vaccinations and Making Plans for Return to Office

Author: Heather Nezich

U.S. employers are taking measures to make vaccines more accessible to their employees and encouraging them to get inoculated, according to a new survey by Willis Towers Watson. Another survey by Challenger, Gray & Christmas shows that companies are developing, implementing, and clarifying plans to bring their employees back to the office.

Is the Impact of the Pandemic on Women Widening the Gender Gap?

23 March 2021

Is the Impact of the Pandemic on Women Widening the Gender Gap?

Author: Heather Nezich

Much research has shown that the pandemic has greatly affected women in the workplace.  Many have left the workforce to home school or supervise their children’s online education. New research by Perceptyx shows that the pandemic continues to affect women’s careers at a fast pace.

Zoom Fatigue is Real – Learn How to Avoid It

2 March 2021

Zoom Fatigue is Real – Learn How to Avoid It

Author: Heather Nezich

A recent EPTW poll showed that 61% of respondents were feeling zoom fatigue, and now there is research to confirm that it’s real.  Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab (VHIL) examined the psychological consequences of spending hours per day on video platforms and found that video calls are tiring people out – creating zoom fatigue.

How to Boost Employee Well-Being in an Age of Uncertainty

23 February 2021

How to Boost Employee Well-Being in an Age of Uncertainty

Author: Heather Nezich

One of ASE’s wellness partners, BurnAlong, recently partnered with hr.research Institute to conduct a survey, “The State of Employee Health and Well-being 2021.” The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted employee well-being and employers must react.

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