PULSE, a Paychex HR Podcast
No Excuses: Personal and Professional Accountability for DEI

No Excuses: Personal and Professional Accountability for DEI

November 24, 2021

Despite improvements in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace, HR leaders can sometimes be those most in need of continued personal DEI work and growth. In this continuing discussion, diversity and inclusion consultant Joe Gerstandt outlines the value gained when individuals go beyond their personal comfort zones to build greater diversity in their relationship networks, and how it can impact their organizations. (Part 2 of 2.)

Topics include:

2:57 - Life experiences impacting Joe's DEI journey
6:23 - Why HR needs to do its own DEI work
7:48 - Are HR leaders holding themselves accountable?
10:27 - The value of relationship networks
12:08 - Why personal discomfort can lead to more diverse relationships
15:12 - Employee resource groups bring visibility
17:23 - How might data and technology impact DEI in future workplaces?

Resources:

What does diversity, equity, and inclusion mean in the workplace? Learn more at: www.paychex.com/articles/human-resources/diversity-and-inclusion-in-the-workplace.

Find more information on Joe, helpful resources, and his book “Social Gravity” at: http://joegerstandt.com.

Have an idea for a topic or guest for the show? Submit your suggestions at: http://payx.me/thrivetopics.

DISCLAIMER:
The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.

Going Beyond Lip Service in Organizational DEI

Going Beyond Lip Service in Organizational DEI

November 17, 2021

While many organizations craft bold statements of belief around diversity, equity, and inclusion, (DEI), a lack of clear terms and language can hamper understanding and measurable improvement, says inclusion consultant Joe Gerstandt. Further, business leaders may be unaware how critical their own exposure to others’ experiences and personal reflection journeys can be to spur behavioral change within the workplace. Hear more insights in Part 1 of this discussion on building inclusive practices into your workforce culture.

Topics include: 

1:55 - Joe's journey to current DEI work
3:58 - What companies are getting right on DEI
4:55 - Critical need for common terms, language
6:46 - Behavior change, accountability is necessary  
10:23 - Building inclusive behaviors into workplace culture
12:31 - Inclusion is not just an HR project
14:39 - Changing paradigms through personal journeys and ...
14:58 - exposure to others' stories and experiences.
15:52 - Inviting leaders to public commitments

Resources:

How can your company develop its diversity and inclusion program? Read our article at: www.paychex.com/articles/human-resources/build-inclusive-workplace-program.

Find more information on Joe, helpful resources, and his book “Social Gravity” at: http://joegerstandt.com

Suggest a topic or guest for a coming show. Submit your ideas at: http://payx.me/pulsetopics

DISCLAIMER:
The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.

DEI: Corporate Checklist? Or Shared Goals? (Part 2)

DEI: Corporate Checklist? Or Shared Goals? (Part 2)

November 3, 2021

How can companies shift from seeing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as a checklist of “extra” HR responsibilities to embracing it as a new lens to view workplace culture? In this continuing conversation, diversity strategist and best-selling author Stacey A. Gordon discusses how HR leaders can maintain forward focus on DEI goals, and offers her insights on why there’s no such thing as diversity recruiting. 

Topics include:

2:05 - 4As: Awareness, alignment, action, advocacy
2:27 - Don’t look backward on past DEI
4:14 - Why awareness drives action
6:14 - Why the "Great Resignation" is a "Re-Evaluation"
10:12 - How can smaller companies implement DEI?
13:53 - New stats suggest DEI is a measure of viability

Resources:

What recruiting strategies can strengthen the diversity of your workforce? Learn more at:  www.paychex.com/articles/human-resources/diverse-recruiting-strengthens-workforce.

DISCLAIMER:
The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.

Making DEI Sustainable in the Workplace (Part 1)

Making DEI Sustainable in the Workplace (Part 1)

October 27, 2021

How can HR leaders chart a course to make diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives within the workplace an intrinsic component of business strategy? Diversity strategist and best-selling author Stacey A. Gordon discusses the 4A framework she has created as a roadmap to help business leaders make DEI a sustainable part of workplace culture and achieve true buy-in from company decision-makers. This episode launches Season 3 of the PULSE podcast with the first of a two-part series on improving DEI strategies within your workplace. 

Topics Include:

2:38 - What is Stacey's "why?"
7:08 - The 4As framework for DEI strategy
11:37 - Putting DEI work in the proper order
14:20 - Top DEI pitfalls for companies
16: 27 - How to get true "buy-in" for DEI

Resources:

Want a better understanding of how DEI benefits your workplace? Learn more with our article "Understanding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace" at: www.paychex.com/articles/human-resources/diversity-and-inclusion-in-the-workplace.

How diverse is your company’s workforce? Glean tips to conduct a DEI audit with our article "Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Guide: How to Drive Value with a DEI Audit" at www.paychex.com/articles/human-resources/dei-audit-and-guide.

Find Stacey’s book at: www.unbiasbook.com.

DISCLAIMER:
The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.

HR Survey Results: Employees’ Top Concerns Amid Great Resignation

HR Survey Results: Employees’ Top Concerns Amid Great Resignation

September 28, 2021

What are the biggest barriers reported by workers seeking new jobs in the current “Great Resignation,” as companies navigate a post-pandemic return to the office, hybrid, or remote options? What benefits do millennials, Gen Z, and seasoned workers value most when employers consider how to keep—or attract—good talent? In this episode, hear HR research expert Jeanne Meister of Future Workplace, discuss her firm’s latest findings on talent retention strategies.

Topics include:
2:07 Impact of remote vs. hybrid positions on those seeking new jobs
3:31 Current barriers in the return to office
4:59 Why workers are leaving the retail sector more than any other
6:36 Generational differences in desired benefits and the top issue today
11:43 Three steps to retain talent regardless of workers’ age or preferred benefits
15:12 The value of continued listening in the workplace

 Resources:

Review the latest survey of employee findings from Future Workplace and Paychex:
www.paychex.com/articles/human-resources/employee-loyalty-amidst-great-resignation.

View Jeanne’s presentation from the Paychex 2021 Business Conference, “How to Build a Workplace for What’s Next: Top 3 Trends to Watch For,” at: paychex.com/thrive.

DISCLAIMER:
The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.

 
 
HR Survey: Delta Variant, Vaccine Mandates Deter Employees’ Return to Office

HR Survey: Delta Variant, Vaccine Mandates Deter Employees’ Return to Office

September 21, 2021

How strongly are the delta variant and employer vaccine mandates impacting employees hesitant to return to the office? Hear HR researcher Jeanne Meister, co-founder of Future Workplace, discuss findings from her firm’s recent survey of 630 employees across the U.S., segmented by generation, industry, and work environment. In this episode, learn how employee comfort levels vary in the current environment, and which vaccine incentives appeal to different generations of workers.

2:24: Impact of delta variant on return to office  
3:09: Number ready to quit if vaccines mandated by employer
5:09: Gen Z discomforts during delta variant
6:16: What vaccine incentives are valued by different generations?
7:46: How PTO factors into employer vaccine mandates
9:24: What safety measures do employees prefer for in-person work settings?
10:29: Three ways to address employee uncertainties right now

Resources:

Review more statistics and findings in this survey from Jeanne and her team at: www.paychex.com/articles/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine-mandate-return-to-work.

DISCLAIMER:
The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.

HR Jobs of the Future with Jeanne Meister

HR Jobs of the Future with Jeanne Meister

August 3, 2021

The role of HR has evolved rapidly over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, so how different might it look ten years from now? In this episode, we talk with Jeanne Meister, founder of HR advisory and research firm, Future Workplace, about the new work landscape and the skills HR professionals must have — as well as the responsibilities that organizations, as a whole, must take-on — to be able to succeed in this new era.

Resources:

For more insights about the future of work from Jeanne and her team, visit www.futureworkplace.com/ebooks/2021-hr-sentiment-survey to download 2021 HR Sentiment Survey: Five Strategic Priorities for the Hybrid Workplace

And, be sure to check out www.paychex.com/thrive to watch Jeanne’s presentation, “How to Build a Workplace for What’s Next: Top 3 Trends to Watch For.”

DISCLAIMER:
The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.

 
Investing in Total Worker Health with Dr. Casey Chosewood

Investing in Total Worker Health with Dr. Casey Chosewood

June 29, 2021

What if we told you your frontline managers have more influence than a doctor when it comes to the wellbeing of your employees? That’s how Dr. Casey Chosewood, Director of the Office for Total Worker Health(r) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sees it, at least.

According to Dr. Chosewood, when it comes to employee wellbeing, businesses too often focus on policies instead of programs and practices that can help alleviate the employee-related stress they’re seeing. Join us as we discuss why you might not be getting the results you want out of the workplace wellness programs you’re providing, and how you can go beyond your wellness program to foster a happy, healthy, and more engaged workforce.

 Resources:

If you’re looking for information about addressing employee mental health in the workplace, don’t forget to download our Guide to Workplace Mental Health at www.paychex.com/secure/whitepapers/workplace-mental-health-guide.

DISCLAIMER:
The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.

The Power of Employee Wellbeing in the Workplace

The Power of Employee Wellbeing in the Workplace

May 11, 2021

When we think about our overall wellbeing, things like exercise and nutrition tend to come to mind first. But, our wellbeing isn't just about physical health — our job duties, expectations, stress level, and work environment can have a significant affect on our overall health and happiness, too.

Historically, businesses have been slow to embrace programs centered around employee wellbeing. But, with the COVID-19 pandemic having a significant impact on the emotional, financial, and physical health of individuals across the globe, employers can no longer wait to invest in these programs.

Join us for a discussion with Jake Flaitz, Director of Benefits and Wellbeing at Paychex, where we discuss the critical role that employee wellbeing has on your overall business success.

 Resources:

For information about addressing employee mental health in the workplace, download our Guide to Workplace Mental Health at  www.paychex.com/secure/whitepapers/workplace-mental-health-guide.

DISCLAIMER:
The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.

Legal Considerations for Your Workplace Vaccination Policy

Legal Considerations for Your Workplace Vaccination Policy

April 6, 2021

According to a recent Paychex survey, 79% of businesses* plan to motivate employees to get vaccinated. However, many are still wondering how to determine the role their company should play, especially given the legal complexities around vaccination policies. To help you navigate these challenges, Sheri Giger, a principal in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, office of Jackson Lewis P.C., joins host Rob Parsons to discuss the different approaches you can take when implementing a vaccination policy, how these different approaches may expose you to different levels of risk, and how new government regulations (at the Federal, state, and local levels) and emerging case laws are continuing to change the playing field.

Resources:

To learn more about vaccination policies, including data on how businesses plan on managing the process, you can also download our free Workplace Vaccination Research Report at www.paychex.com/secure/whitepapers/covid-19-vaccine-and-employers.

* Based on a survey of 300 principals of U.S. companies with 2 to 500 employees between January 27-February 2, 2021.

DISCLAIMER:
The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.

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