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Month(s) in Review: March and April 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 been a busy couple of months here at The Workforce Institute with lots of great content from our terrific board of advisors. Here's a look back at the topics we've been covering in case you missed anything:

Restoring Trust in the U.S. Federal Government 

This post by board member Neil Reichenberg, Former Executive Director of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA”HR) looked at the erosion of trust in the U.S. government, the importance of building trust again, and how organizations and individuals can play a role in the process. Neil also wrote later in March about how Public School Employees Continue to Be Negatively Impacted by the Pandemic, and in April about the efforts in Spain To Launch a National Four”Day Workweek Pilot.

The Business Case for PTO for All 

Workforce Institute board member, bestselling author and managing partner of Workplace IntelligenceDan Schawbel contributed this piece providing a historical view of paid time off and a convincing argument for why it should be a benefit available to everyone.

Talking Technology with The HR Bartender

I recently had the pleasure of joining longtime Workforce Institute board member and the HR BartenderSharlyn Lauby, on her brand new podcast, The HR Bartender Show, to talk about importance of providing employees with effective technology. If you have a half hour to listen, please tune in HERE (you can take us on a walk or in your car) or if reading is more your style, you can read the transcript HERE.

A Year of COVID-19: Working Through a Global Pandemic 

I wrote this post looking back at a year of working in a pandemic and highlighting some of the great thought leadership our board has provided along the way.

Why You Need An Internal Talent Marketplace ”“ Now

Workforce Institute board member and Skeptical Guy, John Hollon wrote this piece about the upcoming war for talent once the pandemic is behind us and why an internal talent marketplace is a critical tool for every organization.

Freedom to Operate: How Global Labor Strategy is Determining Business Success 

Workforce Institute board member, John Frehse, senior managing director at Ankura Consulting Group, LLC., wrote this piece about the complications of running a global business and how organizations can effectively manage their presences around the world.

Reacting to Difficulty: Resilience in 2021

Our newest board member, author, journalist and speaker Ivonne Vargas Hernández, contributed this piece on the importance of resilience ”“ both personal and professional ”“ during the difficult times we are living in.

The Critical Impact of Leadership in Nursing Today 

Nanne Finis, Chief Nurse Executive at UKG contributed this great piece on the immense challenges nursing leaders have faced over the past year, the valuable lessons learned, and what healthcare organizations must focus on in the days and months ahead to be successful.

A Leap Forward in People Analytics

Workforce Institute board member David Creelman wrote about the ability organizations now have to use advanced technologies to gather and analyze data from a wide variety of public sources such as Indeed and LinkedIn to get a clear picture of their talent strategy and its impact on meaningful measures.

The Case for Re-thinking the Performance Review Process

If there were ever a time to re-think the performance review process, that time is NOW! I wrote this look back at some of the great advice our board members have put forth over the years to make the performance review process more useful and less painful.

Alexandra Levit Talks with Laurie Ruettimann about Expert Hacks for Those Who Want to Be and Employ the Best 

Our own  Alexandra Levit recently chatted with her friend and colleague Laurie Ruettimann, who has spent decades as a human resources and workforce thought leader and has brought her wisdom and candor to the new book Betting on You: Put Yourself First and (Finally) Take Control of Your Career. It's a lively discussion with some great take-aways.

Workplace Flexibility in a Post-COVID World 

The topic on everyone's minds these days seems to be workplace flexibility: how much is good, how much is too much, what degree will employees have after the pandemic is over and what's the future of flexibility? In this post, Workforce Institute board member Dennis Miller, AVP of Human Resources and Benefits Administration at The Claremont Colleges, weighs in.

Taking Action with HR Data 

This guest post from UKG's Teresa Smith and Chas Fields moves beyond the buzzword ”œHR Analytics” to talk about how data can become a part of your day-to-day HR life and actually improve your department and organization.

 The Future of Work, Post-Pandemic Edition 

In this post, our board members weigh in on how the pandemic has fundamentally changed the way we work and which of those changes should stay and which should go once we are back to whatever the new normal looks like.

I told you it was a busy two months! I hope you found many of these posts informative, helpful and interesting to read. Don't forget to subscribe to The Workforce Institute so you never miss a post! See you in May!

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