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According to a recent survey conducted by Adobe, 58% of people feel that performance reviews “are a needless HR requirement.” Adobe, in fact, no longer has an annual performance review process and instead has adopted an approach involving ongoing discussions between managers and employees that emphasize talent development and future productivity instead of formal ratings and rankings based on past performance.

Overall open enrollment readiness for employers with 2019 Q1 start dates rose to 48 in August, a full 9 points above where employers stood in July, according to the latest data collected by Employee Benefit Adviser in its monthly Open Enrollment Readiness Benchmark (OERB) survey.

Let’s face it, a digital call-to-action is needed if you want your audience to take the next step. Traditional content can certainly have a call-to-action (and often does). However, a digital call-to-action is arguably the most important factor when it comes to your online messaging. Your social media posts, online content, and digital forms must see some action to be successful. Here are several examples to perfect your call-to-action copy.

Communicators can become indispensable bridge builders by listening to employees, confronting biases and standing up for what’s right.

When we talk about branding and content and its relationship with employee communication, we’re really talking about emotions and perceptions. What your employees feel about the company they work for determines everything from their performance to their willingness to participate in your workplace community.

Financial Wellness is Everywhere. Now What?

The conversation around financial wellness isn’t new, but it’s definitely ramping up. According to a recent survey by Prudential, the percentage of employers offering financial wellness programs rose to 83%, up from just 20% in the survey two years ago.

With 68% of employees preferring to learn at work, companies have a responsibility to cultivate workplace learning. As they explore the best way to implement an environment of self-improvement, the concept of creating a centralized, comprehensive learning and development (L&D) program is gaining traction.

A thorough familiarization with health insurance practices and terms will allow employers to make the most knowledgeable decisions for their employees and business.

Tools and Apps. Everyone knows what the word “app” means. It hasn’t been around since the beginning of time as we know it, but it’s been in use far longer than many realize. According to an article by Thom Holwerda for OS News, the term was initially used in job postings for programmers starting in 1981. The abbreviated form of “applications” was utilized in employee communication and recruiting simply because job postings cost money. The higher the word count, the more expensive the ad. And programmers knew what “apps” stood for.

Everyone’s heard the mantra that the most effective managers, coaches, administrators, etc. are those who lead by example. Establishing and maintaining the relationship between leaders and those they lead ultimately comes down to communication—how that example is conveyed, received and understood. Can you think of a single list of “leadership qualities” that doesn’t reference communication skills somewhere in the mix? With the two so obviously linked, it makes sense to think of internal and employee communications as leadership opportunities.

Beware! Brainstorm vampires. Spirit-spoiling werewolves. Home-haunting honchos. They’re all creeping from the corporate graveyard as Halloween looms, so grab your torches and pitchforks.

One Year Since #MeToo: How Workplaces Have Changed

It’s been one year since the #MeToo movement began with The New York Times reporting the first allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein. So how have workplaces changed? The long and short of it: There have been positive changes, but there’s still more work to be done — and a lot of that is HR’s responsibility.

It seems pretty obvious that health and financial wellness benefits ought to be very popular and should enjoy high levels of employee engagement. Some are popular and do enjoy high levels of engagement, but many don't. To figure out what doesn't work is easiest if we ask which benefits get the most engagement and work backwards from there.

From working your vocal cords to streamlining your life, these practices will bolster your presentation style and clear your head to make room for new ideas.

Historically, many companies failed to create and implement anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, and sexual harassment compliance and training programs.

Whether it’s used for recruiting, training or productivity, an element of fun helps get the job done, as these brief case studies illustrate. Mary Poppins would heartily approve.

The race for better Millennial engagement and overall employee communications has made this question commonplace: When applying for a new position, do you tend to look over the company’s website and social media pages to view their work and corporate culture?

We’re in an exciting new era of video communications in corporate settings, and employee benefits videos are now easier to access and use as a training and employee benefits sign-up tool than ever before. The move to video has helped countless employees get the information they need and assisted them in signing up for healthcare, as well as many other opt-in benefits and services. Where can we go from here?

Our daily roundup of retirement news your clients may be thinking about.

Hire more diverse staff, don’t ignore thorny issues, and do your bit to create a culture that values candid conversations.

9 ACA Employer Mandate FAQs

Although the Affordable Care Act has been whittled down by the GOP and the Trump administration, the employer mandate is still around. Here are 9 employer mandate FAQs for HR benefits managers, employers, and their brokers.

The right onboarding experience is a determining factor in how employees establish that important connection with the business. This experience, in turn, strongly influences an employee’s decision to stay in the company or seek a career opportunity elsewhere.

On-screen projections, whether text or images, augment and complement your narrative—if you craft them properly. Follow these guidelines.

About five years ago, I worked with a client who bristled at the idea of typical annual performance reviews. What they wanted to implement was a “conversation-based” performance review process. The process had to be employee driven; managers and employees held an ongoing, continuous dialogue about the employee’s performance throughout the year... I had never heard of such a thing.

Ruling lets student-debt-ridden employees of unnamed sponsor make loan payments, get employer 401(k) match.

Social Capital: The Next Frontier for HR

In today’s rapidly changing world, it is essential that organization’s hire the smartest, most capable people possible. There should be little doubt that human capital is a firm’s greatest asset.

The workplace environment and employee communications are forever changing. The demands on today's managers are more challenging than ever. Bosses are looking for ways to help leaders manage their workflow and employees more effectively. New communication and recruitment tools and apps are helping many accomplish this task.

On October 8 this year, it’s time to hit snooze on your alarm, lock the car in the garage, and turn that spare room into a home office.

#MeToo: Movement or Moment?

One year later: How #MeToo has affected the workplace and what learning leaders can do about it.

The Man Who Made the Computer Age Possible

Intel’s Andy Grove pioneered high-stakes, high-speed, high-tech manufacturing — and breathed life into Moore’s Law.

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