Welcome to our summary of March best reads on HR trends!
This month, HR’s role in humanitarian crises, the gender pay gap, and flexible work schedules were hot topics.
HR Trends for March 2022
Corporations and their HR professionals were forced to confront the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine
- Companies worldwide are responding to the Ukraine crisis through evacuations, donations, and other direct and indirect support of Ukrainians
- Some are being creative with how they use their resources to provide help
- HR personnel are being called on to address the impact the crisis is having on employees
- This article provides some ways HR can respond to the crisis
The gender gap continues to impair women’s advances in the workforce, but gains are being made
- Women’s earnings compared to men’s rose just one penny on the dollar this year
- The gender gap is widest in these five regions
- But the gap has closed entirely in several cities
- Companies are coming up with ways to address the motherhood penalty that contributes to the gender pay gap
Employees are providing evidence that the best work can be done on nontraditional schedules
- While some companies have moved to a 4-day workweek to increase employee wellbeing
- These shortened workweeks may not be a solution for all organizations
- Creating agile schedules and other practices at work help reduce worker burnout and companies employing flexible schedules are finding the arrangement popular
- After all, people have different times of day when they’re the most productive
- And being able to be productive, while also living and enjoying their lives, creates happy employees
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Robyn Kern is a seasoned business writer who has written in the HR, education, technology, and nonprofit spaces. She writes about topics including outplacement, layoffs, career development, internal mobility, candidate experience, succession planning, talent acquisition, and more, with the goal of surfacing workforce trends and educating the HR community on these key topics. Her work has been featured on hrforhr.org and trainingindustry.com.