The Source: Weekly Roundup – November 25th, 2019

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Employers: Here are the Most In-Demand Voluntary Benefits this Open Enrollment

Sharla St. Rose, vice president of the voluntary benefits division at NFP, says an array of new benefits are being offered by employers this enrollment season, including popular offerings like student loan benefits, ID theft benefits and pet insurance. Student loan, legal insurance and ID theft benefits are among some of the “sexiest” perks that employers can offer to staff. Get the scoop on Employee Benefit Adviser.

Can America Make the 4-Day Week Work?

A three-day weekend is usually a welcome respite for American workers. But what would happen if that treat becomes the norm? We may soon find out, if recent reports and a new forthcoming book are any indication.

team working to finish project

The latest example of a truncated work week taking off is based on Microsoft Japan’s recent experiment with a four-day work week, which led to productivity gains and other positive business-related outcomes. Read more on HR Executive


On Your Radar: 2020 Benefit Trends

A new year, and new benefits! As 2020 is rapidly approaching, it is time that many employers decide if they would like to introduce changes to their company’s benefits offering.

Brokers have the opportunity to further their clients’ New Year’s resolutions by introducing voluntary benefits that can be tailored to fit their employees’ individual needs. Also, employers can take advantage of the technological advances introduced in the last year that could benefit their company and their employees. Check out next year’s top trends on BenefitsPRO.

3 Examples of Brilliant Recruitment Marketing Campaigns You Can Learn From

Modern recruiters aren’t just looking to fill up vacancies. They need to build a well-planned recruitment marketing campaign that leads to superior candidate quality, a steady flow of applicants, and a positive perception of your employer brand.

employee interview with recruiting team

This goes beyond just hiring for the job vacancy at hand. Any recruitment marketing campaign today must combine the best practices of marketing with a careful understanding of organizational requirements to strategically select hiring investments. See three killer examples of successful campaigns on HR Technologist

Building a World-Class Remote Team

The global economy and the rise of the remote workforce have changed how businesses are run. In fact, 53 percent of companies are using flexible talent to tap into a global talent pool and reduce employee turnover.

What’s more, 66 percent of employers report increased productivity for remote workers, while saving up to $11,000 per employee.

Benefits like these are appealing, but managing a remote team also has challenges. For example, poor hiring decisions can increase costs associated with churn, miscommunications can cause errors and inefficiencies, insufficient monitoring of employee performance can impact productivity, and ineffective communication of your company’s objectives can lower employee engagement. 

See more tips on how to build a successful remote workforce on BambooHR.

Can — or Should — HR Fire an Employee Because of a Social Media Post?

It’s Monday morning, and the first email of the day contains a screenshot of a disparaging tweet that an employee wrote about her supervisor over the weekend. Or maybe it’s a link to a video on TikTok that shows an employee cursing up a storm while drunk over the weekend. Perhaps it’s a Facebook post from a supervisor that is extremely political and very negative.

employee on facebook app social media in the workplace

What are the next steps for the HR professional on the receiving end of the email? Find out on HR Dive.

This Week at PlanSource | Benefits Trends Webinar

2019 was a busy year in human resources and employee benefits. Several states issued new laws that expanded regulation on everything from parental leave to classifying contracted employees. And amid rapidly changing legal requirements, many movements brought pressing social issues like mental health front and center, which has prompted a timely response from human resources.

What do these changes mean for the future of HR in 2020 and beyond? Join us for a free HRCI- and SHRM-approved webinar on Wednesday, December 4 at 2pm ET where we’ll discuss emerging developments that will be impactful for benefits and HR professionals in 2020.

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Thought Of The Week

Workers said they would rank work-life balance higher than salary when considering a job prospect – FlexJob 2018

What are you doing to promote and accommodate flexibility in 2020?

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