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Months in Review: May and June at The Workforce Institute

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:

Portents of a Reckoning on Politics in the Workplace 

Workforce Institute board member David Creelman wrote this look at the controversial announcement by software company Basecamp to disallow political discussions in the workplace. Davis also wrote in June about The Jodie Foster Approach to Management.

Will the YOLO Era be Our Own Roaring Twenties?

I wrote this piece looking at how our working lives may change coming out of the pandemic.

Hybrid Workplaces: 3 Ways to Make Them Equitable for Everyone

Workforce Institute board member and HR Bartender Sharlyn Lauby wrote this piece looking at the emergence of hybrid workplaces and how to ensure they are equitable for all. Sharlyn also wrote a piece later in May on how organizations can Welcome Employees Back to the Office with a Mini Onboarding Program.

May is Mental Health Month 

In recognition that May was Mental Health Month, I put together this look back at some of our many articles on the topic of mental health in the workplace.

Should Employers Require Employees to Come Back to the Office Post-Pandemic?

This post from new board member Kate Bischoff asked the question, “Just because employers can make employees come back to the office, should they?” We also formally announced that Kate had joined our board: Workplace Compliance, Policy, and HR Expert Kate Bischoff Joins The Workforce Institute at UKG.

Will A Hybrid Workplace Put Women at a Disadvantage? Not If We Do It Right.

This fascinating read from Workforce Institute board member Natalie Bickford looked at the ways the return to the office post-pandemic may impact female workers disproportionately and what organizations can do to guard against this.

New Survey Finds Pandemic-fueled Labor Shortages Intensify Talent Crisis in Manufacturing

I wrote this post highlighting some new research from UKG on how the pandemic has impacted the manufacturing workforce.

Here Comes the Surge in HR and Labor Lawsuits

We knew it was only a matter of time: Workforce Institute board member Mark Wales wrote this timely piece about the spike in labor lawsuits related to pandemic business practices, which The Workforce Institute predicted earlier this year.

Making the Case for Design Thinking

Cecily Tyler, Program Manager, Human Insights at Ultimate Kronos Group (UKG) wrote this article about the benefits of design thinking in organizations.

Announcing the People Purpose Podcast and Episode #2 of the People Purpose Podcast: “What We’ve Learned About Remote Work” 

So excited to bring you our brand new People Purpose Podcast!

3 Ways to Fix Your Labor Shortage

It seems like every industry is talking about a labor shortage. Here, board member Bob Clements, President at Axsium Group, provides actionable advice on how to deal with yours.

New Research: The Heard and the Heard-Nots

New research from The Workforce Institute looks at who is feeling heard in the workplace, what happens when employees are not feeling heard, and what organizations can do to actively listen to employees.

Welcome Back! Return to Work Expectations for the Frontline Leader to Manage

Workforce Institute board member Dr. Martin Armstrong brought us this post about a topic many people are talking and thinking about: the challenges of bringing frontline workers back to work post-pandemic and how managers and best support them.

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