Cultivate a High-Energy Workforce

Cultivate a High-Energy Workforce 4 kinds of energy refuel and recharge employees for better performance By Arlene S. Hirsch, M.A., LCPC Jan 26, 2017 Society for Human Resource Management The U.S. workforce is rapidly being drained of energy. The 40-hour workweek is disappearing. Today, adults who work full time log an average of 47 hours a … [Read more...]

Where Do You Go From Here? Planning Your Career Next Steps As An HR Generalist

Love Anderson has some career advice for HR generalists: "Don't be afraid to take risks, to speak out, ask for help and even to fail." Her path to an HR leadership position has been unconventional—but it worked. Anderson is the director of human resources at the University of Chicago–Harris School of Public Policy. While positions at this level … [Read more...]

Taking A Fresh Look At EAP Counseling

Employee assistance programs can help clients through many of life’s problems—in person and virtually When Steve Albrecht was an officer with the San Diego Police Department, he frequently reached out to employee assistance program (EAP) counselors to help him cope with the stresses of his job. Speaking from both personal and professional … [Read more...]

Welcome Back to the Workforce, Mom and Dad

Returnship programs help midcareer professionals reenter the workforce after taking extended breaks Kathy Bayert is no stranger to the world of work. She has a master's degree in business from Northwestern University and experience working with PwC and IBM in Chicago as an organizational change strategy consultant. But at age 42, she faced a … [Read more...]

Convincing Young Employees that Hourly Is as Good as Salaried

Focus on career development to keep emerging adults engaged Before she discovered a passion for HR, Jennifer Colclazier worked for eight years in various administrative roles with a small Midwestern company. In those jobs, she had many HR-based responsibilities, including interviewing and coordinating performance reviews. So when she decided a … [Read more...]

Reducing New Employee Turnover Among Emerging Adults

Ann graduated from Robert Morris University in Chicago with a bachelor's degree in law office management in 2013, and when she landed her first job with a midsize law firm, she was excited about her new career. But when Ann (not her real name) arrived the first day, it was obvious that the partners hadn’t given much thought to the role of their … [Read more...]

Managing the Challenge of Constant Feedback with Emerging Adult Employees

Feedback is important to every generation, but the need for constant feedback is associated with Millennials. As digital natives, they are accustomed to getting immediate responses and unfettered access. Millennials’ need for feedback may also be attributed to emerging adulthood, a new and prolonged transitional life stage (occurring between the … [Read more...]

What Emerging Adults Want In a Job: 9 Key Requirements

Lauren Graves’ career reads like a page from the emerging adult playbook. She became an HR director at 27, but she took a circuitous route to get there. Like many emerging adults (EAs), she zigzagged her way through the job market, exploring her options and capitalizing on opportunities. “Each time I changed jobs, it was because I wanted to … [Read more...]