The Department of Health and Human Services has extended the COVID-19 pandemic public health emergency for an additional 90 days, which allows the federal government to issue emergency-use authorizations for vaccines, tap funds to address the pandemic and take other actions. The emergency declaration has been in place in the US since late January 2020.
Under regulations set by the Securities and Exchange Commission, companies must disclose human capital metrics, although companies appear to have leeway into the specifics and focuses of such data. Companies are advised to document how and where they discovered such data so that the process can be repeated.
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Employers need more people with new skill sets, which gives HR an opportunity to create talent-focused strategies that improve recruiting, customize learning and take advantage of apprenticeships and partnerships, writes Deborah Waddill, president of Restek Consulting.
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Service Direct gives every other Friday off, a policy that has improved employees' work-life balance, reduced burnout and helped people plan their workweek better, says CEO Brian Abernethy. "Critical to the success of the program is making sure everyone -- especially leadership -- follows the new schedule," Abernethy says.
Most employees want the flexibility to work from home after the pandemic, according to an Ipsos survey of employees around the world. The survey found that 64% of respondents believe flexibility helps them be more productive and that one-third say they have burnout.
Align the workplace culture with diversity, equity and inclusion efforts by considering how decisions affect the culture, having leaders serve as positive role models and addressing behaviors that violate company values, writes Reed Deshler, principal at Alignorg Solutions. "Long-term success requires moving DEI initiatives beyond the purview of human resources to the boardroom and the front line," Deshler writes.
Leading a diverse team requires strong listening skills, understanding and honoring people's varied experiences and recognizing their contributions, writes Startup Professionals CEO Martin Zwilling, citing a book by Kelly McDonald. "With a diverse team, it's especially important to keep all communication professional and business-oriented," Zwilling writes.