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The HR Bots Are Coming! Will You Be Ready?

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The robot revolution has arrived. With major companies Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo all launching some version of a chatbot or virtual assistant in the coming months, the tide is quickly turning toward a more automated future. And as various companies connect these tools internally to their data collection systems, it is a…

What Buffer Has to Teach Us About Engaging An All-Remote Workforce

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Editor’s note: The following article is part of the ongoing effort by the new, nonprofit OpenWork to inspire companies to continuously improve how, when, and where work is done for the mutual benefit of employees and employers. Note also that the article was authored prior to Buffer’s recent financial problems. While many companies…

Are You Ready to Handle Political Tensions In the Workplace?

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More than a quarter of HR professionals are already reporting an increase in workplace political volatility compared to previous election seasons, according to a recent Society for Human Resource Management poll. The same study found only 24% of organizations have written policies on how to handle political activities, though 72% say they discourage…

New Jobs Up By 287,000 In June

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Non-farm jobs jumped by a surprisingly robust 287,000 in June, exceeding all but the most optimistic expectations. It was the second-largest jobs increase in a year and follows a month where new jobs grew by a paltry 11,000, down from an initial report of 38,000. This morning’s report from the U.S. Bureau of…

Jobs Jump In June While Wages Predicted to Rise This Year

Jobs Jump In June While Wages Predicted to Rise This Year

Non-farm jobs jumped by a surprisingly robust 287,000 in June, exceeding all but the most optimistic expectations. It was the second largest jobs increase in a year and follows a month where new jobs grew by a paltry 11,000, down from an initial report of 38,000. This morning’s report from the Bureau of…

5 Parental Leave Trends You Need to Know

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You already know about the so-called “arms race” in which companies are upping the ante on parental leave plans and other family-friendly benefits in an effort to recruit and retain today’s top talent. And you’ve seen the headlines – hardly a week goes by, it seems, without another company announcing an expanded maternity…

Few Give Their Policy Management System Passing Grades

Few Give Their Policy Management System Passing Grades

The days of organizations conducting policy management through spreadsheets, email and generic document-sharing platforms aren’t over yet. But they probably should be. Because policy management is often a shared responsibility among many departments and affects all employees, the performance and compliance downsides of outdated policy management systems can infect entire organizations. And policy…