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Month in Review: February 2022 at The Workforce Institute at UKG

Today’s post comes to us from the Executive Director of The Workforce Institute, Chris Mullen, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP, SPHR.It’s been an exciting month for The Workforce Institute! On the heels of releasing our annual workplace predictions, this month, we debuted a new feature on the blog: The Workforce Institute Weigh-In. Here’s a recap of everything we covered in February at the institute.




The People Purpose Podcast: 2022 Workforce Institute Predictions

In episode 15 of the People Purpose Podcast, Chas and Julie take a deeper dive into this year’s workplace predictions. It’s been an exhausting and trying two years for all of us, both at work and in our personal lives. Learn how to navigate what’s ahead in the new year and ultimately make 2022 a success for your people and your business.




The Three Biggest Trends Impacting the Labor Shortage

The eighth episode from the “Leadership in the Labor Shortage” series — also known as “No Suits, No Slides” — is all about the empowered workforce, as in the leverage workers have gained in the Great Resignation era. What are the three biggest trends impacting the labor shortage, what do they mean for people looking for new jobs, and what can employers do to ensure they retain their best performers all while continuing to recruit top candidates? This is another can’t-miss episode from this timely series.




HR Experts Laurie Ruettimann, Joey V. Price Join The Workforce Institute Advisory Board

This month, we welcomed two amazing people to our advisory board: Laurie Ruettimann and Joey V. Price. Both are award-winning experts in HR and are sure to bring some great perspectives to our conversations this year. Laurie is an HR leader turned writer, speaker, and entrepreneur known for her common-sense style and straightforward approach to workforce issues, as well as her podcast Punk Rock HR. Joey is the founder and CEO of Jumpstart:HR, which offers HR outsourcing and consulting for startups and small businesses. He also co-hosts “While We Were Working,” a weekly podcast for workplace leaders who wish to be better at handling people issues. Looking forward to their contributions!




What to Make of the Monthly Jobs ReportThe January 2022 jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics caught many by surprise, showing 467,000 jobs created across the country last month, according to the report. It’s not the first time that forecasts have varied from the reports’ actual numbers. Still, millions of people depend on the monthly jobs report and base critical economic decisions on the data. This episode of “No Suits, No Slides” explores whether we should be relying so much on the monthly jobs report. Are there better options out there for staying informed?




The People Purpose Podcast: Hindsight is 2020 — LiterallyFrom holding virtual lunches to asking a “question of the day,” which of Julie’s early pandemic projections about improving company culture ended up being true during the pandemic? In this episode of the People Purpose Podcast, Chas and Julie discuss what they thought a shift to remote work would look like back in March 2020 — compared with what it actually looks like today, nearly two years later.




Introducing: The Workforce Institute Weigh-In

The Workforce Institute Weigh-In is a new monthly feature on our blog. Each month, we’ll pose a top-of-mind question from the world of HR and include several perspectives from our advisory board. These are meant to be succinct actionable insights you can start implementing at your organization today. In some cases, you’ll see full articles from board members discussing the topic in proceeding weeks. The first Weigh-In asks, “What are two ways companies can create a culture where employees feel safe speaking up, asking questions, and/or providing feedback?”




How to Be a Better Empathetic ListenerThis post comes to us from Workforce Institute board member and HR Bartender, Sharlyn Lauby. It is a direct response to The Workforce Institute Weigh-In question for February on how to create a culture where employees feel comfortable providing feedback. We all know that listening is important. When it comes to work, listening allows us to gain understanding — which is why we need to get listening right. Learn how to become a better empathetic listener, and how doing so can improve life for you and your employees.


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