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  • Tata steel grapples with workers' union

    Tata steel grapples with workers' union

    News by Editorial Team 28 Nov 2019

    After announcing layoff plans on Nov.18, Tata Steel Europe, on Wednesday, said it had begun talks with its workers on a “transformation program” that involves 3,000 job cuts. This move has sparked anger in union leaders. Reuters reports the company plans to lay off 1600, 1000, and 350 people in Netherlands, Britain, and elsewhere respectively.

     

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  • Employers are emphasizing cognitive diversity

    Employers are emphasizing cognitive diversity

    News by Editorial Team 28 Nov 2019

    Hiring managers are prioritizing shared values, similar backgrounds, and even chemistry with themselves over specific job skills while hiring employees, defeating the purpose of hiring for diversity and inclusion. “Demographic diversity is necessary, but not sufficient for the diversity of thought”, says Tom Schoenfelder who holds a Ph.D. and works as principal scientist at the employment-assessment firm, Caliper. Along with demographics, companies should look for “experiences, strengths, backgrounds, and perspectives". 

     

    read more at Fortune
  • Open office designs boost employee satisfaction

    Open office designs boost employee satisfaction

    News by Editorial Team 28 Nov 2019

    Open office design is the most preferred office layout among workers, a survey conducted among 1,500 employees by Resume Lab found. A hybrid mix of open and private workspaces brings high employee morale, workers with high job satisfaction rate reported. Private offices followed by cubicles were the most satisfying personal workstations, the survey said.

     

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  • Audi to cut 9,500 jobs

    Audi to cut 9,500 jobs

    News by Editorial Team 27 Nov 2019

    Audi will cut 9,500 jobs of its 61,000 jobs in Germany by 2025, Forbes reported. The announcement came after talks between labor representatives and Audi. The company will save $6.6 billion in the process and plans to invest in the free-up fund in electric vehicles. Audi will create 2,000 new jobs specializing in digitalization and electric cars, Forbes says.

     

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  • 52% of workers plan to shop online during the holiday season

    52% of workers plan to shop online during the holiday season

    News by Editorial Team 27 Nov 2019

    A recent Robert Half survey found that more than half of workers are planning to shop online during the coming holiday season. Nearly 44% of workshoppers said shopping at work hampers on-the-job productivity. For tech teams, it a matter of concern, as security threats increase. Men are more inclined toward online shopping than women, HR Dive says.

     

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  • Greeting employees improves employee engagement

    Greeting employees improves employee engagement

    News by Editorial Team 27 Nov 2019

    A Peakon report says managers can improve employee engagement and build workers’ trust by greeting them when the workday begins. Saying ‘good-bye’ at the end of the workday, asking employees how their weekend was on Monday morning can further increase engagement, the report said. These gestures may not improve results right away, but will occur over time, Peakon said

     

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  • IT sector bulwarking against older workers

    IT sector bulwarking against older workers

    News by Editorial Team 26 Nov 2019

    Older IT workers are being passed over by employers even as IT job openings are soaring. Workers aged 22 to 44 account for 61% of the workforce in the IT sector, but only 49% of the workforce across all occupations. Further, workers aged 45 and above represent 38% of all IT employees in the U.S companies, in contrast with 44% in other sectors.

     

  • Managers should do more to support ill co-workers

    Managers should do more to support ill co-workers

    News by Editorial Team 26 Nov 2019

    A national survey by Cancer and Careers says 88% of workers are concerned about their ability to support co-workers grappling with health issues. 69% of respondents are unaware of the kind of emotional support to offer and how much to offer, and 59% of respondents want to know the ways they ask their co-workers about their medical condition, as chronic illnesses can be a sensitive topic in a workplace.

     

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  • Canadian national rail workers stage strike

    Canadian national rail workers stage strike

    News by Editorial Team 26 Nov 2019

    Nearly 3,200 workers at Canadian National, the country’s largest rail operator, went on a strike on 19 November to protest against chronic overwork and unsafe conditions. “Nobody likes being on strike, but we’ve been bargaining here for seven months. Our back is against the wall.” Christopher Monette, a representative at Teamsters Canada, says. The talk between union workers and management is continuing without progress, reports the Guardian.

     

    read more at The Guardian
  • HR function can become irrelevant in the future

    HR function can become irrelevant in the future

    News by Editorial Team 25 Nov 2019

    KPMG International survey says HR function will become irrelevant if it doesn’t modernize its approach to workforce planning. HR departments aka pathfinding organizations that shape the workforce of the future, create strong employee culture, and generate insights from data will thrive in the future, HR Dive reports. Pathfinding organizations are more likely to have a dedicated HR role focused on culture and purpose.

     

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  •  Changing employees' values show a paradigm shift

    Changing employees' values show a paradigm shift

    News by Editorial Team 25 Nov 2019

     Diversity at workplaces and the increasing number of millennials in leadership roles are changing the way employees work, Fortune says.  Employees are less tied to their desks than in the past.  According to a study by Upwork, the number of freelance workers in the United States has increased by 4 million, making up 35 percent of the U.S. job market.

     

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  • Google workers continue protests

    Google workers continue protests

    News by Editorial Team 25 Nov 2019

    Around 200 Google workers gathered outside the company’s San Francisco office to protest the company’s decision to place two employees on administrative leave and increased restrictions on access to information. Protesters denounced a range of actions by the tech giant, describing them as intimidation tactics and efforts to suppress an open culture. Reportedly, the company has hired an anti-union consulting firm.

     

    read more at Forbes
  • WeWork to lay off 20% of the workforce

    WeWork to lay off 20% of the workforce

    News by Editorial Team 22 Nov 2019

    WeWork, following its failed initial public offering (IPO) attempt, said it will lay off nearly 20% of its workforce, Reuters reports. “As part of our renewed focus on the core WeWork business, and as we have previously shared with employees, the company is making necessary layoffs to create a more efficient organization,” a company spokeswoman said in a statement. However, the employees will receive severance and continued benefits during this critical period of career transition, the report said.

     

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  • Facial stigma impacts the interview process

    Facial stigma impacts the interview process

    News by Editorial Team 22 Nov 2019

    Interviewers pay less attention to facial imperfections when the interviewees acknowledge them upfront, a study from Rice’s University and the University of Houston’s Hilton College says. Facial features affect the interview process amidst strict laws that preclude it. As a resolution, researchers at Penn State University and Columbia University have unveiled an Artificial Intelligence (AI) tool to detect discrimination based on legally protected classifications, HR Dive Reports.  

     

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  • Google employees to protest 'brute force intimidation attempt'

    Google employees to protest 'brute force intimidation attempt'

    News by Editorial Team 22 Nov 2019

    On Friday, November 22, Google employees are planning a rally in San Francisco demanding an end to the escalating pattern of intimidation. The organizers of Friday’s rally portray the administrative leave of two workers as a brute force intimidation attempt and call for the reinstatement of their colleagues, Forbes Reports.

     

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  • Internal mobility boosts employee retention

    Internal mobility boosts employee retention

    News by Editorial Team 21 Nov 2019

    Employees who change jobs internally stay longer on board, data from LinkedIn shows. Further, employees who are promoted after spending 3 years on staff have a 70% chance of staying on board, while those who made a lateral move have a 62% chance of staying. Those who remain in their position have a 45% chance of staying on board.

     

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  • Political talk is increasing at work

    Political talk is increasing at work

    News by Editorial Team 21 Nov 2019

    42% of American employees have been involved in political talks at work, Fortune says. Though it is expected of workers to leave political talks at the door when they come to work, the reality is far from expectation. 56% of workers think political talks have been increasing at work and becoming more polarizing, a survey from the Society of human resources management says. 

     

    read more at Fortune
  • Employee onboarding is important for engagement

    Employee onboarding is important for engagement

    News by Editorial Team 21 Nov 2019

    Most employers lack satisfactory employee onboarding, suggests Accountemps. A poll conducted by Accountemps found that most employees rated their employers' onboarding efforts as somewhat effective. Another research from Service Now found 80% of employees say onboarding is an important event at work. Micheal Steinitz says, “it is important for companies to make a first good impression”.

     

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  • Employees want to be recognized for accomplishments

    Employees want to be recognized for accomplishments

    News by Editorial Team 20 Nov 2019

    In a Deloitte survey, 85% of global employees said they would prefer to be recognized for day-to-day accomplishments. Employers are acting on the finding. World at Work and Maritz Motivation found that the number of employers with deeply-embedded recognition programs increased from 10% in 2015 to 17% in 2019. Eventbrite taps into employees’ passion for self-organizing events by encouraging small celebrations to engage employees.

     

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  • J&Js turns employees with career-break into top hires

    J&Js turns employees with career-break into top hires

    News by Editorial Team 20 Nov 2019

    Re-joining the workforce is a challenge for people who are on a career break. Keeping this mind, Johnson& Johnson launched the Re-ignite program in 2017. Reportedly, 43 % of mothers in STEM careers leave their jobs to raise their first child. Contrarily, 23% of fathers leave. The Re-ignite program boasts a 100% returnee-to-employee conversion rate.  The program welcomes anyone who has had a career break.

     

    read more at HRDIVE

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