Family-Friendly Work Options All Employees Can Use

Some companies like to tout themselves as being family-friendly, but are they really if their family-friendly policies only benefit married couples or employees raising children? “Family-friendly work options are not only for employees with immediate family,” says Eileen Timmins, Ph.D., founder of Aingilin. “Having diversity of options for the diverse workforce family is the key.” “Family” doesn’t necessarily refer to only spouses and minor children — it can encompass domestic partners, stepfamilies, aging parents and close aunts or uncles. Truly family-friendly policies also apply to singles and employees without children. Paid time off is one option all employees can use. “PTO is an option, but many more companies are using ‘take what you need’ time,” Timmins says. “An employee takes the time they need for vacation or sick time. It’s similar to an honor policy — if it becomes excessive, then the employer will approach the person and see if …

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How Company Culture Adds Value to Your Business

Company culture isn’t just a “nice to have” part of doing business; it goes a long way toward determining whether your company will be successful or not. But too often company leaders think corporate culture is about things that take employees away from their work — such as ping-pong tables or nap rooms — rather than how employees do their work and what they need to succeed. Understanding corporate culture can help leaders shape it more effectively — and gain the benefits of doing so. “The business case is simple,” says Nancy Noto, an organizational psychologist and HR consultant. “A leader must have a point of view on what success looks like for their company. Then they must hire people who activate the values that they believe in and who work in the way they know leads to success. Managing culture will ensure the right people work for the company …

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What You Need to Know About Your EAP

There are all sorts of issues that can slow you down that don’t have anything to do with your physical health. Grief, marital issues, depression and substance abuse are just a few things you might be facing that aren’t necessarily covered by your health insurance. And when you bring those issues with you to work, it can affect your productivity and work quality. Chances are you have an employee assistance Program that can help. Unfortunately, many EAP resources go unused because employees don’t know about them, says Stephen Elliott-Buckley of E-B Strategy, an organizational consulting agency. “There are significant long-term benefits of EAPs for workers to pull their lives together, not only for the workplace but for people’s quality of life. So employees need to seek out information about workplace EAPs more proactively,” he says. Here’s what you need to know about this helpful but often overlooked benefit. What Does …

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5 Ways to Engage and Retain Your Company’s Top Talent

Employers have an engagement problem. Earlier this year, Gallup released a survey that found while employee engagement was at its highest since 2000, the majority of employees are not engaged, including 17.5 percent who were actively disengaged from their work. Engaged employees tend to be more productive and it’s easier to retain them, while disengaged employees are checked out and may be looking for a new job. It’s a challenge for employers to keep their employees engaged. Drivers of engagement vary by industry, department and individual. No matter what they are at your organization, measuring the work you do on engagement is critical, says Tim Glowa, co-founder of Bug Insights. Simply boosting things you think will engage employees isn’t a strategic approach. Instead, survey your employees to find out what they find important, and then deploy your resources to make improvements. Repeat the survey often to see if you’re moving …

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How to Build an Effective Flexible Workplace

Companies are finding that providing employees with flexibility does more than help attract and retain top talent: It can also improve the bottom line. According to a study by Workplace Trends, almost 70 percent of human resources leaders use workplace flexibility programs for recruiting and retention. But more remarkably, almost three-quarters of companies that have work flexibility programs reported increased productivity, and more than 85 percent reported improved employee satisfaction. “Everyone’s work and personal lives are intertwined, and what happens in one part of a person’s life affects every other part,” says Laura Hamill, chief people officer at Limeade, which provides its employees with flexibility by allowing them to run errands or make appointments during the day, and by allowing everyone to work from home one day a week. Employees are likely to resent employers that expect them to work around the clock or be at work at certain times …

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