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9 Books Every HR Pro Should Read in 2020 | Chicago Benefits Group

Quarantine leaves us with a healthy chunk of time to reassess and spend time with the ones we love. But as quarantine goes on, the work must go on as well and for HR professionals, that means developing professionally as much as everyone else within the organization. With all this time on your hands, a … Continued

What You Need to Know Before Disciplining or Terminating an Employee | Chicago Benefits Agents

The prospect of corrective action or termination makes a lot of managers nervous. That’s understandable. For employees, being disciplined or losing their job can be anything from moderately embarrassing to financially devastating, but it’s rarely a happy occasion. For the employers, these actions always come with some risk, and there are plenty of legal danger … Continued

In Depth: The Future of Work Part 1 | Illinois Employee Benefits Agency

The hardest thing about the future of work is defining the concept. The chief reason has to do with change. It’s constant with new technologies coming online at an increasing pace and changing the way people complete their work. If the data is to be believed, what HR knows about work is quickly disappearing. Korn Ferry predicts … Continued

Data Drop: The Latest Workforce Surveys for HR Professionals to Read | Illinois Benefits Firm

It’s an interesting time for the workforce as big changes are in store for everyone across the spectrum of the professional landscape. Every industry has been impacted COVID-19 and the continuous evolution of the situation, the economy and the workplace means that data and our understanding of all these things is shifting with it. More … Continued

Remote Work Challenges for HR | Illinois Employee Benefits Firm

It’s been said the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak has created the largest remote work experiment ever devised.  In fact, there are many recently documented cases where companies have asked at least some of their employees to work from home.  Three of those companies are Amazon, Twitter and Microsoft.  Remote work, of course, is not something … Continued

Employee Burnout in 2020 | Chicago Employee Benefits Consultants

For a long time, employee burnout has been dismissed.  In some instances, it’s been written off as employee laziness or simply an employee being contrary.  That, however, is no longer the case. In 2020, HR professionals are going to have to deal with it as a realized syndrome and one that is becoming more prevalent … Continued

March Madness 2020: The Ball is in Your Court | Illinois Benefits Team

March Madness is upon us, and there is no avoiding it. Selection Sunday, when the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Committee announces which 68 teams made the 2020 tournament, is March 15th. Games begin with the First Four on March 17th and 18th and culminate with the Final Four April 4th and the 2020 NCAA championship … Continued

What Diversity Looks Like in the Workplace | Chicago Benefits Team

Diversity isn’t just a moral issue.  There is a business case that can be made for promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace.  From recruitment to mentoring, human resources has a main role in the strategy. Defining Diversity What is diversity?  That’s a two pronged answer.  There is inherent diversity.  It involves traits a person is born … Continued

AI in HR | Illinois Employee Benefits Consultants

Artificial intelligence is pushing humans and machines closer together.  It’s exciting!  AI’s influences are being felt across the HR space… being used to automate business processes, enhance efficiency, and reduce bias among other things.  In fact, McKinsey’s latest forecast of AI’s impact on the global economy is that it will generate $13 trillion in economic … Continued

10 Tips for Excellent Company Culture | Illinois Benefits Team

When it comes to culture, companies have to walk the walk and talk the talk. HR professionals have all been there.  A potential new employee comes in for an interview.  Company representatives question the prospect and then ask if the candidate has any questions.  With surety, the first question uttered will be about the company’s … Continued