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Month in Review: October 2022 at The Workforce Institute

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

It’s fall! I hope you’re enjoying some better weather while checking out all that the amazing team here at The Workforce Institute has to offer! Can you believe, this past month, we celebrated 15 years?! I want to give a heartfelt thank you and congratulations to everyone who has helped make The Workforce Institute at UKG the success it’s become — including you, our loyal readers. Here’s a recap of all we covered in October, including a great retrospective on our 15-year journey. Enjoy!


Accenture’s David Shaw Joins The Workforce Institute
We kicked off October with some exciting news: officially welcoming Accenture’s Dave Shaw to our advisory board! Dave is senior managing director and global HR transformation and delivery lead at Accenture, which delivers a broad set of talent and organization/human potential consulting and operations services. He brings diverse expertise and perspectives to our advisory board, with actionable insights on the future of work and workplace transformation that you, our readers and subscribers, are sure to benefit from immediately. Welcome, Dave!


How to Be Better at Managing
As a manager, there are many skills to learn and to refine over time. While training is the usual answer for companies, it’s not the only answer. Even longtime managers will always have room to improve. Would you like to be better at managing? Maybe you’re new to a management role yourself, or you’ve been managing people for more years than you can count. Either way, I invite you to check out my new on-demand webinar: “Better at Managing: Three Reasons, Four Ways, and One Practical Action Plan.”


The People Purpose Podcast: Looking at Leadership: Vital Criteria for Leaders in the Workplace
We continued the topic of effective management with another great episode of the People Purpose Podcast. In this episode, our beloved hosts Chas Fields and Julie Develin discuss leadership criteria and what it takes to be a good leader. Plus, we’ve all heard the adage that people don’t leave companies, they leave managers — find out just how often people quit their jobs directly due to the managers they have.


The Workforce Institute Celebrates 15 Years!
As I mentioned at the top, believe it or not, October 2022 marks 15 years of The Workforce Institute! To celebrate, we took a special look back at our history, exploring some of our early articles and most popular research and how we’ve evolved and grown over the years. Whether you’re new to The Workforce Institute or have been with us on our journey since 2007, we hope you enjoy this retrospective.


Join The Workforce Institute at the UKG HR and Payroll eSymposium
Another insightful eSymposium is around the corner. The fall UKG HR and Payroll eSymposium features a full day of virtual sessions and keynote presentations focused on four purposeful tracks and all surrounding one great theme, Choose Purpose: Empower Your People and Business. We’ll be there in full force, offering two new sessions on quiet quitting and better managing. Enjoy all the benefits of an in-person conference without any of the stress of travel and time away from home. Attendees are also eligible to receive certification credits. Register today for the fall eSymposium, happening December 7.


Tackling the Trials and Tribulations of Time Off: The Workforce Institute Weigh-In
This past month, the Workforce Institute Weigh-In discussed the topic of time off. More specifically, we asked our advisory board to weigh-in on what companies should do about employees who seemingly take “too much” time off and, conversely, those who don’t seem to take “enough” time off. This isn’t the last you’ll see of this topic. Next month, advisory board member Dennis Miller will have a full article exploring time off and how managers can navigate the paradigms of paid time off (PTO).


Highlights from the 2022 UKG Holiday Retail Report
Planning to shop this holiday season? Retailers, too, are ramping up plans to meet expected demand. But finding the necessary talent to staff stores throughout the holidays remains a challenge for the industry — according to the third-annual holiday retail report from UKG. There’s plenty to unpack from this critical report, and way more than I can cover here. Join me for a special LinkedIn Live event, in partnership with RetailWire, on Tuesday, November 1, at 1:00 p.m. ET.


The People Purpose Podcast: Early Bird or Night Owl?
When do you like to work? How do you like to work? Where do you like to work? In this episode of the People Purpose Podcast, Chas and Julie discuss the pros and cons of being an early bird or night owl, and how to collaborate with teammates who may not have a similar style. Plus, they discuss the top advantages of gig jobs.


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