COVID-19 and Other Updates February 9, 2022

COVID-19 and Other Updates February 9, 2022

We have been so focused on communicating the latest information regarding COVID-19 mandates, that we have not shared much about the newly termed “Great Resignation.” According to a recent study, 66% percent of employees are planning to begin a job search in 2022. As an HR outsourcing company as well as a staffing company, we are seeing this from all clients on both sides of the business; the HR side is where we can be the most resourceful.

The number one ask of employees, when queried, was direct recognition from their manager for a job well done. Developing a culture of recognition, by aiming for the best practice of providing at least one monthly recognition per employee, can unquestionably help to enhance feelings of inclusion and value. Secondly, it is important to set employees up for success by ensuring the company has set clear expectations and defined roles for each position, including updated and accurate job descriptions. When onboarding new employees, especially remote employees, effective and thorough onboarding is crucial. Keep in mind, an onboarding period does not have a defined time limit and can last as long as needed to train the employee appropriately. These three simple components are key to retaining your top performers. Check out this article for more tips and recommendations on how to navigate the ‘great resignation,’ retain your staff members, and attract new employees.

On another note, studies from 2021 are now showing that wages and salaries rose 5% for private industry workers in the U.S. However, inflation is currently even higher than this raise in average pay. Read the full article here.

Circling back to COVID-19, now that private employer mandates are no longer enforceable by Federal Law, employers are determining whether to rescind the vaccination policies currently in place. Here is a detailed article with information on reasons to backtrack, reasons to stay the course, and adjusting communications about vaccine requirements for your employees. We also recommend reading the Fischer Phillips SCOTUS Vaccine Aftermath Q&A for more advice as an employer. If there is anything we can do to help you navigate through all these changes, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Have a great week!
Dave and Teresa

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