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Month in Review: August 2021 at The Workforce Institute at UKG

Today’s post comes to us from the executive director of The Workforce Institute, Dr. Chris Mullen, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP, SPHR.

As we close out the month of August, I wanted to provide you all with a recap of the content we published this month from our valued board of advisors at The Workforce Institute. Here’s a look back at the topics we’ve been covering, in case you missed anything:

The People Purpose Podcast: What Do You Expect? Exploring the Psychological Contract at Work

The People Purpose Podcast hosts Julie Develin and Chas Fields discuss the concept of the psychological contract at work and explore the (often forgotten and misunderstood) exchange relationship that has a myriad of impacts from both the employee and employer viewpoints. Listen in to get insight into the “whys” of employee behavior and reactions and leave this episode with an action plan to assist managers in building awareness.

The Post-Pandemic Workforce: A Futurist’s Viewpoint

Workforce Institute board member Alexandra Levit shared her topline thoughts on the post-pandemic workforce from a futurist’s viewpoint. Given that Alexandra wrote a book about the rapid transformation of work as we knew it back in 2018, people often ask what has surprised her about how human capital is evolving today. Find out what some of the workforce-related trends were that she thought were inevitable, as well as the few head scratchers along the way, in this interesting read.

As Manufacturing Goes Back to Normal, the Focus is on Trust

One of our newest board members: author, journalist, and speaker, Ivonne Vargas Hernández, delighted us with a post that emphasizes the need to focus on trust and security as the manufacturing industry returns to “normal.” Ivonne points out how important it is for HR and IT to work together on the immediate challenges (e.g., security at the workplace, wellness programs, and business continuity), so they are adjusted now and strengthened for the future for difficult and disruptive times. Discover why this agility will be critical for the long haul and why executives should treat the reopening of their businesses as the beginning of a journey toward a bigger transformation.

What’s the Most Important Problem in Management?

What’s the most important problem in management? Is it how to develop great leaders? How to motivate people? How to drive innovation? No. The most important problem in management is why the field has failed to make significant progress over the past 50 years, according to Workforce Institute board member David Creelman. Why hasn’t management advanced like other fields? Gain insights in this article uncovering the root of the problem in three identified areas.

The People Purpose Podcast: Performance Reviews: What’s Not to Love?

Performance reviews are a critical element to your organizations overall culture and recruitment strategy. Everyone’s favorite “love to hate” management task doesn’t have to be a bad experience. Join Julie and Chas as they discuss the importance of getting performance reviews right, especially in today’s world of work, and learn how to approach your performance review philosophy and engage in authenticity as a leader to help managers and people do the same.

Candid Conversations: Hiring, Turnover, and the Economy

As the economy works its way through “The Great Reset” following the first 18 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, it feels like those of us who lead and manage teams are being squeezed from all sides. Workforce Institute board member John Frehse, senior managing director at Ankura and one of our resident labor experts, sits down with Dave Gilbertson, a vice president with UKG who leads the UKG Workforce Activity Report analyzing high-frequency employee shift work data to understand economic trends, for a candid conversation on the current labor market. They offer advice on what leaders should be thinking about to ensure success in 2022 and beyond.

Should Employers Mandate the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Following full approval by the Food and Drug Administration of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in people age 16 and older, workplace compliance, policy, HR expert, and Workforce Institute board member, Kate Bischoff, writes about whether, as an employer, you should mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for employees and applicants. In this very timely post, find out what she recommends and how to handle cases for employees who need an exemption from vaccination for religious or disability-related reasons.

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