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2020 Work for HR Daily Advisor

2020

Lin Grensing-Pophal is a contributing editor for HR Daily Advisor writing regularly on learning and development, HR/employee relations and employee communication issues.

NEW BOOK: Managing Remote Staff

November 2020

Out of sight, does not have to mean out of mind! A timely look at best practices in managing remote staff. 


Managing remote workers is nothing new, but its prevalence has been impacted significantly by COVID-19.


This book addresses the myths, misconceptions, pros and cons of remote work for both employers and employees and offers guidance on the attributes of successful remote workers, establishing policies and procedures for remote work, training (employees and managers) and effective management practices with an emphasis on communication.

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Be Aware of How External Recruiters Reflect Your Employer Brand

November 2020

When a company relies on an external recruiting firm to handle its candidate searches, it is trusting that the firm and its representatives will reflect favorably on the company's employer brand. But will they?

Changes in SEO Strategy

November/December 2020

SEO has long been the holy grail for internet marketers—
and content creators—of all kinds. Attracting
eyeballs, and website visitors, was job number one.
While that’s still the case to a large degree, SEO has become
less of a numbers game and more of a driver for creating
high-quality, relevant content.

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Drive-Thru Job Fairs: A Sign of the Times

October 2020

Despite the massive impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the U.S. workforce, some parts of the economy are still frantically searching for talent to meet business demands. And they're getting increasingly creative about how to engage with potential employees in an era of social distancing.

Be Aware of How External Recruiters Reflect Your Employer Brand

November 2020

When a company relies on an external recruiting firm to handle its candidate searches, it is trusting that the firm and its representatives will reflect favorably on the company's employer brand. But will they?

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Build Empathy Into Your 2020 Open Enrollment Season

October 2020

The phrase "we're all in this together" is often bandied about as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, but any employee may be facing a situation far different from those of his or her colleagues.
Compare the employee who has two children schooling at home and whose spouse is furloughed to the employee approaching retirement with no children at home and a comfortable nest egg. Between these two scenarios lies a wide range of personal situations challenging workers' health, wealth and well-being.

Tips for Finding Freelancers

October 2020

Consumer appetite for content is at an all-time high and continuing to grow. That’s great for organizations that have well-oiled content creation teams in place to meet the demand. For others, though, developing content on a regular basis that is high-quality and focused on issues and topics that resonate with their audiences can be a challenge. The gig economy can help.

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Use Digital Platforms to Drive In-Store Traffic, and Vice Versa

September 2020

In the modern retail landscape, digital is no longer a threat to the in-store shopping experience. In fact, smart retailers have come to see e-commerce as a tool to boost in-store foot traffic. This represents a new phenomenon called ROPO (research online, purchase offline), where consumers start their shopping journeys online but complete them in-store.

Handling Applicants With Noncompete Agreements

September 2020

It's not unlikely for job candidates, particularly those in highly competitive industries or in sales, to have noncompete agreements with their current company. These agreements are often said to be tough to enforce, depending on the job market. Yet, they are used by companies to discourage employees in key positions from taking their knowledge and expertise to a competitor.

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When Top Candidates Have Another Offer

September 2020

You're in the middle of the selection process for a key position and have a few top candidates making their way through the second round of interviews. One of them informs you that he or she has received an offer from another company.
Your initial reaction is panic—oh no! You felt like the process was dragging along too slowly. What can you do? What should you do?

Work Tourism: A New Employee Perk During the Pandemic?

September 2020

As employees are adjusting to a new normal at work, some have identified an unexpected potential perk of the ability to work remotely—the opportunity to travel to distant locations for extended periods.

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Emergency Savings Accounts Boost Financial Wellness

September 2020

Financial stress hurts workers' ability to stay motivated and do their jobs, and for many employees, the COVID-19 pandemic has only added to that stress. Some employers are taking steps to ease employees' financial burdens and setting up emergency savings accounts (ESAs) that allow automatic deposits through payroll deductions—much like how employees fund their 401(k) plans.

Best Practices for Repurposing Content

September 2020

It can be extremely expensive to feed the constant demand for content from a wide range of audiences. Content marketing has become a major industry in the 21st century, with companies of all types and sizes working hard to produce content to help them distinguish themselves from competitors as they attract and engage audiences that can represent potential customers.

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Influencer Marketing in 2020: What App Marketers Need to Know

August 2020

App engagement is a challenge for most developers; putting the power of influencers behind your app can help. But the influencer market is in flux and increasingly under the watchful eye of regulators. Meanwhile, the nature — and value — of influencers during the pandemic is shifting.
What do app developers need to know to fully and successfully leverage the power of influencers?

Converting PTO Funds to Student Loan Relief Is a Timely Benefit

August 2020

What do unused paid-time-off (PTO) days, student loan debt and the coronavirus have in common? An opportunity for employers to provide financial relief to employees who are increasingly putting off vacations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dion Bullock on ‘Understanding Your Why’

August 2020

Dion Bullock is only in the early stages of his new role as Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Strategy Lead for Bravely, but he’s already made an impact. While new to the role (which is similar to “Chief Diversity Officer (CDO)”), Bullock isn’t new to the organization. He’s served as a coach, or “Pro,” for the past 2 years, which has offered him an opportunity to experience firsthand the work the company does and how it makes a positive impact on employees and client organizations.

Taking Another Look at LinkedIn - SHRM

August 2020

LinkedIn has become the de facto place to seek candidates across a wide range of jobs and professions. But, as its membership numbers have grown, is it becoming more or less useful for recruiters and HR pros when seeking job candidates? We sought input from recruiters, HR professionals and hiring managers on what works best for them to find and place top talent through LinkedIn. The good news: LinkedIn remains a top source of candidates and offers a number of options for finding potential members for your team.

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Innovative Ways Companies Convey Culture When Hiring Remotely - SHRM

August 2020

Both employers and job candidates have come to consider culture and cultural fit important elements when making or accepting offers. But in a world where much hiring is taking place remotely—often via videoconferencing and tools like Zoom and Skype—how can companies adequately convey their culture?
It's a challenge that many HR professionals have taken on, and they have important insights to share.

Communication Lessons From COVID-19

July/August 2020

It’s fair to say that few, if any, companies—or their communication staffs—were prepared to respond quickly and appropriately to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. As millions of employees suddenly found themselves working remotely from their homes and millions of customers found themselves suddenly shut off from the companies and brands they typically engaged with, communication professionals began grappling with important questions.

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The Top Marketing Trends: Automation and AI Are the 'New Normal' - CRM

July 2020

Marketing has always been a fast-paced industry, with the pace quickened constantly by readily available and rapidly developing technology. But the COVID-19 pandemic and its worldwide impact was, arguably, the most disruptive force that marketers have seen in a long time.
As we move beyond the pandemic, though, we can expect to see a continuation of some of the trends that were taking shape before COVID-19 and many more that have been fueled by COVID-19.

Should Remote Workers Living in Lower-Cost Locations Be Paid Less? - SHRM

July 2020

With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and a growing number of companies allowing employees to continue to work from home indefinitely, a provocative new question has emerged: Should employees working from home in areas where the cost of living is lower be paid less than those working onsite?

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Trends in Influencer Marketing - InfoToday

May/June 2020

While it may seem like it’s a 21st-century thing, influencer marketing has been around since the early 20th century. One of the earliest influencers was Santa Claus, a character modernized and reinvented by Coca-Cola. Today’s influencers tend to be real people— PewDiePie, Logan Paul, Zoella, and others—many who leapt to fame thanks to the wide reach of social media channels, such as YouTube and Instagram. But influencers today come in a lot of forms depending on the target audience. Businesses, products, and services of all types leverage the audience, reach, and endorsement power of influencers to grow awareness and preference for what they have to offer.

COVID-19 Drives Interest in Supplemental Unemployment Benefits - SHRM

May 2020

It’s been a long time coming, but the wait is finally over. Beyond The Fog, the latest title from Strategic Communications, LLC is something of a departure from their previous work. Order your copy today.

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Addressing the Mental Health Implications of COVID-19

April 2020

You, your employees and members have been bombarded with traditional and social media reports, speculation, facts, conjecture and outright mistruths for weeks now and the barrage is likely to continue. Amidst all the havoc, there are some things that credit union leaders can do to help manage their own and their employees’ mental health

App Engagement Strategies to Stay Top-of-Mind During "Quarantine" - Mobile Growth Association

April 2020

As people go into self-quarantine, they're often turning to their phones as entertainment and as a connection to the outside world. It’s a time when all small business owners are having to be creative and innovative about how they connect with existing and potential new subscribers. How can app publishers engage, and re-engage users—without feeling pushy or exploitive--at a time when so many eyes are on their smartphones?

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Is Your Content Review Process Out of Control? - EContent

May 2019

Content providers, publishers, and organizations must establish content review processes. These processes generally involve multiple touchpoints, and many eyeballs, reviewing content for a wide array of reasons—from grammar, spelling, and style compliance, to SEO, content accuracy, and more.


Content marketers working for organizations in regulated industries will find themselves subject to even more scrutiny.


Unfortunately, more reviews required means more costs and sometimes what some would argue is a process designed to squeeze the life out of content that has been carefully crafted.

 

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