These Essential Communication Tips Can Improve Workplace Morale

These Essential Communication Tips Can Improve Workplace Morale

Focusing on having a thriving workplace culture is getting quite a bit of attention these days in the workplace wellbeing world as more and more companies are now realizing that culture is a critical component to the overall health of the organization and its people. Wherever you are on your journey to build a thriving workplace culture, well-planned, consistent, effective employee communication is an essential part of the process. When done right, employee communication has the power to: Engage and excite employees; Help employees appreciate and understand the benefits you offer them; Reinforce your company brand; Communicate your company goals and values; Demonstrate your commitment to and support for employee wellbeing (even if you don’t have specific wellness programs); Provide a way to update employees about company news and events; Foster trust and openness, key components of a healthy, thriving workplace culture. Whether you want to revive existing employee communication …

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How to Make Sure You’re ADA Compliant

How to Make Sure You’re ADA Compliant

The Americans with Disabilities Act is meant to protect the needs of people living with disabilities. Employers have responsibilities under the law to not discriminate against people with disabilities in all employment practices, including recruitment, hiring and firing, promotions and assignments, leave and pay. Noncompliance can bring some heavy stakes. “It’s important that you’re familiar with the nuances of the ADA and the ADA Amendments Act to keep your company in compliance and avoid costly lawsuits and penalties,” says Trey Taylor of Taylor Insurance Services. Here are some tips to make sure you’re ADA compliant. Establish (and Revisit) Your Policy Your written policies and handbooks should specifically affirm your organization’s compliance with the ADA, particularly Titles I and III, says John Fagerholm, founding partner at M.E.T.A.L. Law Group. Title I requires employers with 15 or more employees to provide reasonable accommodation to those with disabilities and Title III prohibits discrimination …

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Using Data to Set Goals Employees Want to Achieve

Using Data to Set Goals Employees Want to Achieve

What do your employees want to know or accomplish? Their answers to a simple interest survey can be the catalyst for effective wellness communication. Wellness communication is often an afterthought, viewed by organizations as a necessary byproduct of their wellness plans. Most companies try to figure out ways to elicit employee participation only after they design or adopt their wellness programs. Communication doesn’t lead the charge; it just goes along for the ride. Messages to employees—emails, brochures, company newsletter articles, etc.—are viewed as individual projects instead of a process. But the most effective wellness communication isn’t served late, whipped together in a hodgepodge of messages, voices and looks. It’s developed early in the process, integrated into other core decisions about the program’s features and benefits. The result of simple planning can be a communication structure that’s forward-thinking and energizing, a total communications experience that inspires, informs, shares and celebrates the …

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5 Tips for Improving Employee Communications

5 Tips For Improving Employee Communications

Human resources professionals are often called upon to deliver information to employees at all levels of their organizations. Whether it’s a serious message or something less important, poor employee communication can lead to people missing out on benefits they could use, company programs or extracurriculars they would have enjoyed, policies they must follow or other essential news about the organization. Employee communications can be a challenge, and there’s always room for improvement. Here are 5 ways you can make yours more effective for the benefit of your organization and all of its people. 1. Practice Transparency “Fostering a culture of transparency is one of the most effective ways to communicate with employees,” says Leigh Steere, co-founder of Managing People Better. Too many employers curate information by deciding what employees should hear based on what they can handle instead of talking about the whole story. Instead, commit to providing clear and appropriate …

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