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Month in Review: September 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.

It’s hard to believe we’re already wrapping up another month, quarter, and for some, an entire fiscal year! September was another jam-packed month for The Workforce Institute. If you missed any posts or want to go back and learn from our insightful experts, here’s a recap:

The People Purpose Podcast — Three New Episodes, Including a SHRM ’21 Bonus Episode

The People Purpose Podcast dropped not two but three new episodes this month, including a special bonus episode recapping SHRM ’21 from Las Vegas! Join hosts Julie Develin andChas Fields as they break down all the highlights, including a behind-the-scenes look at their experience as speakers at the conference and SHRM’s “Turnover Tsunami” wall where attendees shared their ideas for how to retain top talent in the current job market.

Also be sure to check out the latest episode — It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Open Enrollment — to hear ways to make this season work better for you and your people. Rounding out the trio of People Purpose Podcast episodes this month is Let’s Get Personal in HR. Let’s face it, HR: we’re so focused on caring for other people all the time, we often forget to take care of ourselves in the process. Learn the importance of practicing self-care in this very special episode.



Punk Rock HR Podcast: The Evolving Labor Movement

Speaking of podcasts, I had the privilege of appearing on the Punk Rock HR Podcast with Laurie Ruettimann this month. Our discussion — Episode #180: The Evolution of the Labor Movement — spans a list of topics, from the emerging “Great Resignation” and “Turnover Tsunami” (there it is again!) to the longstanding need to focus on employees’ mental health and preventing burnout. We also chat about performance reviews, employee surveys, and ensuring employees are feeling heard, and I address the concept of “work-life negotiation” and finding a balance that works well for you, too.


Frontline Employees are Speaking Up. Here’s What They Want From Work.

Over on the UKG Blog, I penned a post on frontline employees and how employers are working to best meet their evolving expectations. The U.S. labor market is still far from recovery, and today’s predicament has imposed long-lasting changes on the employee-employer relationship. People have come to some realization that there are things more important in life than work, which has prompted employers to quickly adapt their strategies and reimagine — or at least begin to reimagine — the employee experience for frontline employees.


The Pandemic Continues to Impact the Public Sector Workforce

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, so does its impact on the public sector workforce. This post from Neil Reichenberg, former executive director of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA?HR), explores updated survey results on the impact of COVID-19 on the state and local government workforce released by MissionSquare Research Institute, formerly the Center for State and Local Government Excellence. Learn what these updated findings could mean for workers andpublic sector employers going forward.


How Outdated Technology’s Impacting K-12 Teachers, Administrators: New Study

Also on the survey front, there’s new research out on the impacts of the pandemic on K-12 teachers and administrators. Turns out COVID-19 isn’t the only reason public school teachers are increasingly absent from class. It’s also outdated technology, according to the new report released just in time for back-to-school season around the United States. Though there won’t be a quiz, I do recommend we all study up on this insightful information.



The Effectiveness of Teams: ‘We are meant to work and thrive with others.’

In this post, WFI advisory board member Nanne Finis, RN, MS, chief nurse executive at UKG, shares the distressing story of her phone recently being stolen — but also how the event led to an epiphany on the effectiveness of teams, no matter what industry (including organized crime) they might represent. While we wish it didn’t come at the expense of her phone, Nanne’s post is a great eye-opener and reminder about the critical role of teamwork in our success. Stay safe out there!



Where Did All the Workers Go? How Can We Get Them Back?

Last, but never least, we have the latest video from our “No Suits, No Slides!” series with John Frehse, senior managing director at Ankura, and Dave Gilbertson, a vice president at UKG leading the monthly UKG Workforce Activity Report initiative. In this wide-ranging conversation, John and Dave explore what’s changed since their first discussion in August, why it wasn’t the federal unemployment benefits keeping people out of work, what can be done to get people back, and socks. Yes, socks. (You’ll just have to watch.)

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