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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.

Best practices for building an offboarding experience

Over the past five weeks, jobless claims have totaled more than 26 million and that number might grow. We simply don’t know. What we do know is that our employees didn’t create this situation. If organizations are planning to lay off staff, it should be done with respect. That means creating an offboarding experience that gives employees the information they need and dignity they deserve.

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?  

5 tips for managing employee communications during a crisis

During a time of crisis, whether it’s the current COVID-19 pandemic or a natural disaster, employees rely on HR and their leaders for trustworthy information. But in these types of situations, your typical process for disseminating news probably doesn’t cut it. There’s more pressure than usual to get information out fast and ensure the facts are right. Considering that, here are a few tips for making sure that employee communications run smoothly.   

How to manage different virtual worker personas

The past couple weeks have impacted different businesses in different ways. For those with roles that can be performed from home, many employees and their managers have been thrown into virtual work, with little to no time to prepare.    Even if you’ve had some experience with virtual work, suddenly managing a full-time remote team under the current conditions presents a whole new challenge—and not everyone will adapt to virtual work with the same ease.  

Applying UX principles to EX: Enhancing the employee user experience

When companies think about user experience (UX), it’s almost always in the context of the customer. How is the customer interacting with the website’s interface? Are they able to navigate it easily? Are they finding the support resources they need? But as organizations dedicate more time and energy to improving the employee experience (EX), they’ll also have to broaden their understanding of UX—optimizing the employee user experience across their internal systems.    When it’s time to maintain, upgrade, or replace your business’s HR software, here are some tips to help you improve the employee user experience—and boost your overall EX.

A framework for getting started with employee experience design

Improving your organization’s employee experience (EX) holds a lot of promise. It’s been shown that a thoughtfully designed EX can result in higher engagement scores, lead to happier customers, and even give your organization’s bottom line a boost. But there has to be a drawback, right? If so many overarching business goals can be traced back to EX, why isn’t every company boasting success?