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About Samantha McLaren

Scottish-born Samantha McLaren is a copywriter and editor with a specialty for the recruiting and HR space. She has written dozens of articles on topics ranging from employee retention and engagement to employer branding, company culture, and management strategies.

How to Adopt a Work-From-Home Policy for the Long Term

Recently, Twitter announced that its employees will be allowed to work from home for as long as they choose—not just until the lockdown restrictions lift. It isn’t the only company considering making its temporary work-from-home policy a more permanent fixture. Many that were once hesitant to offer remote work options for fear of dips in productivity and collaboration have seen firsthand that their workforces can thrive remotely. And after making the necessary investments to enable remote work at short notice, much of the infrastructure is already in place to extend this option for at least some employees in the long run.  

How to Keep Employees Engaged and Productive in the Face of Disruption

As many businesses settle into a new normal, leaders’ focus is starting to shift away from immediate crisis control and toward putting sustainable processes in place for working through this period. Though leaders cannot (and should not) pretend that everything is normal, they still need to take steps to ensure their workforce remains productive and engaged.   While there’s no playbook for this situation, it’s important to do what you can to keep employee morale high, maintain continuity for your customers, and, ultimately, protect your company’s future. Here are a few steps you can take to gently promote productivity and engagement right now.

How to Lead with Bounded Optimism—Through the Good and the Bad

In the age of coronavirus, many business leaders and HR professionals are left wondering: How can I best support employees in a rapidly shifting work environment? What can I do to inspire clarity amidst uncertainty? How much information should I share to keep my workforce informed—without creating unnecessary anxiety?  

How to improve HR's reputation at your organization in 4 steps

Today, 48% of employees are indifferent about HR—and 18% believe the function actively detracts from their overall experience at work. That indifference (or outright dislike) impacts HR’s ability to be effective. But how do you change a reputation that’s likely been years or even decades in the making?   

The Key to a Seat at the Table? Transform HR from Cost Center to Profit Center

Over the next decade, demand for skilled workers will far outpace supply, with the Korn Ferry Institute predicting a global talent shortage of more than 85.2 million people by 2030. That means companies will not only have to fight harder to attract the people they need, but will also have to battle it out to keep the ones they have.   

Don't blind date HR tech vendors! Here's how to pick the right partner

Did you know that 43% of Americans have gone on a blind date? That’s a lot of people who are willing to leave their love life in the hands of fate. But while this approach may occasionally work out when looking for a romantic partner, you wouldn’t use it to choose an HR technology vendor, would you? 

Securing executive buy-in: How to make the case for HR technology

Unemployment is low and the cost of replacing talent is high, so it’s no wonder that elevating employee experience (EX) to improve retention is top of mind for many HR professionals right now. And one of the best ways to do that is by upgrading the business’s HR technology.    In order to get buy-in for these investments, HR first has to make a compelling business case. And that can be a challenge, especially at organizations where HR is viewed as a purely administrative support function, rather than a strategic driver of the company’s success. Without the right resources, though, it can be difficult to prove what a major impact your department can make—trapping you in a vicious circle.