#Top5HRReads (and listens to) for January 8

2021 certainly started rough! We are all aware of what happened in Washington DC on January 6. Most of us are likely still reeling. Not only do we need to take care of ourselves, but employees are looking at us as either leaders or HR to say or do something. So first off, please take care of yourself. But do not sit still too long. We can no longer sit on the sidelines, parroting “policy over politics” (politics dictates a LOT of our policies, let’s be real). We need to stand for what’s right – for our country, for our employees, for our employers and for ourselves. So I’m starting this week’s recommendation with recommendations on TLNT from 21 other talent professionals, which mostly boil down to: Silence is no longer an option.

I also appreciate what Lars Schmidt shared on Redefining HR in what communication companies should have sent out. Again, leaders cannot wait for employees to ask. Leaders cannot take time to see how events unfold. The best time to communicate was on Wednesday. The second best time is now.

On to some lighter topics …

Check out this list of Employee Engagement Trends from Compt. Working from home, burn out, diversity and inclusion, recognition and health & wellness should already be at the top of your list, but check out their recommendations. “Every business absolutely needs employees to function, but if those employees aren’t engaged then the chances of true long-term success is at risk. For that reason, people leaders can’t afford to ignore employee engagement if they want the best productivity and performance results from their valued employees.”

At one time or another, we’ve all had the “pleasure” of working for a micromanager. On Twitter, recently, my friend Sarah Noll Wilson asked us to tell her we worked for a micromanager, without telling her we did. Lots of awesome responses. Then Suzanne Lucas created an Inc.com post from those tweets. While it’s no fun to work for a micromanager, it certainly is nice to know we’re not in it alone!

Finally, don’t forget to listen to the latest episode of #HRSocialHour where we welcome back Laurie Ruettimann to talk about what she’s been up to (um a BOOK). Be sure to listen to all of it to learn how you can win a copy!

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