July 30, 2021
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Initial unemployment claims drop to 400K
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Initial unemployment claims fell by 24,000 last week to 400,000, according to the Labor Department. While still above pre-pandemic levels, the figure has been generally falling throughout the year, and the downtrend is expected to continue.
Full Story: The Associated Press (7/29) 
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Recruiting & Retention
Remote work is table stakes for multinational organizations, and the challenge for HR leaders is "global fluency" -- sourcing the best talent and aligning it through data-driven decisions regardless of location, culture or regulations, writes Brian Dames, chief strategy and marketing officer at Safeguard Global. "Moreover, global fluency can help HR professionals hire proactively, reduce burnout and overwork, predict market shifts, allocate resources appropriately and streamline workforce-management processes," Dames writes.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Leadership (7/28) 
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Leadership & Development
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Benefits & Compensation
Encourage employees to take pride in creating an ethical and compliance-friendly culture by giving them autonomy and modeling values-driven behavior from the top down, writes HRCI CEO Amy Schabacker Dufrane. Train managers to lead discussions on how people might approach various hypothetical situations from an ethical standpoint to embed values within everyday decision-making, Dufrane writes.
Full Story: Corporate Compliance Insights (7/27) 
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The HR Leader
Reckitt's new workplace strategy responds to five themes that emerged from employee feedback: the need for work-life balance, career ownership, collaboration, nurturing an employee-focused culture and giving back to the community. Reckitt's research revealed simply telling employees they were empowered to decide how to work was not effective, so the company adapted to a hybrid work model and focused on communicating to employees that they have the flexibility to structure their own workday, said Henry Turgoose, health marketing director.
Full Story: CMO (Australia) (7/28) 
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Workplace Chatter
Twenty inmates of a Wisconsin prison have earned bachelor's degrees in biblical studies with a minor in psychology from Trinity International University, becoming the state corrections system's first class to complete a four-year degree, said Kevin Carr of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. August White, a 34-year-old graduate, said at the graduation ceremony: "Let us ... be a signal that those considered some of the worst of society can transform into some of the better of society."
Full Story: Wisconsin State Journal/The Capital Times (Madison) (7/28) 
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About the Editor
Kanoe Namahoe
Kanoe Namahoe
Turning over a new leaf is tough. Making it stick is even harder.

So I have huge respect for the 20 inmates at Waupun Correctional Institution in Wisconsin who recently graduated from Trinity International University with degrees in biblical studies, as we see in today’s Workplace Chatter story. Fifteen of the inmates could have been incarcerated at medium and minimum security prisons but chose instead to be at Waupun -- a maximum security facility -- so they could be in the school program. That’s commitment.

New beginnings and better futures begin with commitment and risk. There’s something about putting everything on the line that jolts us into making changes that lead to beautiful success.

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It is a time in which we will redefine what it means to be human, for this is not just the start of a revolution, it is the start of an evolution.
David A. Sinclair,
biologist, professor of genetics
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