Most Important Developments for 1/14

The M.I.D., as we call it, is curated by our editorial team from more than 50 news sources. Like a lot of good ideas, this started as something I wanted for myself. If I can’t read everything, I at least want to stay abreast of the most important developments.

This week in HR, we learned HR has had to pivot yet again, the 100 best jobs to have in 2022 (HR is #92), the best places to work, and focus shifted to training post-COVID.

Like many working people, Gia Ganesh found that the pandemic broke open her job description and filled it with new responsibilities. And like many human resources professionals, she found that she sometimes had to play a role akin to company nurse. By last fall, she was in the meeting with the chief executive writing up her company’s vaccine mandate, which requires that all employees, even those working remotely, be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. She reviews every request for a vaccine rule exemption from people who would rather submit to regular coronavirus testing. Just as the COVID-19 crisis made amateur epidemiologists of people trying to go about their daily lives, it also forced H.R. professionals, especially those at small and midsize businesses, into a new focus on public health. As companies weighed when to return to the office, whether to require coronavirus vaccines, and what sort of exemptions from those rules to allow, it was often H.R. directors who were asked to lead those efforts. It was no longer sufficient for these professionals to manage the job satisfaction and career development of their colleagues. Suddenly, they were also charged with monitoring their health, safety, and views on immunization. NYT

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No single job suits all of us, but many of the best ones have a few attributes in common: They pay well, challenge us year after year, match our talents and skills, aren’t too stressful, offer room to advance throughout our careers, and provide a satisfying work-life balance. Job seekers also often consider whether a position is in demand. U.S. News used these qualities to rank the 100 Best Jobs of 2022. You can also explore the best paying jobs and other more specific career rankings. For more information on how we rank, read the Best Jobs Methodology. Top five: Information security analyst, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, medical and health services manager, software developer. US News and World Report

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Glassdoor has announced the winners of its 14th annual Employees’ Choice Awards, honoring the Best Places to Work in 2022 across the U.S. and four other countries. Unlike other workplace awards, the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards are based on the input of employees who voluntarily provide anonymous feedback on Glassdoor by completing a company review about their job, work environment, and employer over the past year. In the U.S., Glassdoor has revealed the 100 Best Places to Work (employers with 1,000 or more employees) and 50 Best Small & Medium Companies to Work For (employers with fewer than 1,000 employees). Winners are ranked based on their overall rating achieved during the past year. “This year’s Best Places to Work winners are leading the way by listening and responding to employee feedback and reimagining the employee experience to truly put their people first,” said Christian Sutherland-Wong, Glassdoor Chief Executive Officer. Top five: NVIDIA, HubSpot, Bain & Company, eXp Realty, Box. Glassdoor

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We all have talent that can give us an edge, but it can only take you so far. The reason some people are high performers is because they’ve formed good habits. In a recent survey of more than 1,800 workers by the leadership training company VitalSmarts, 46% of respondents chalk up their career success to having the right habits. Just 24% attributed their success to natural talent and 22.5% said it was due to the decisions they made. “When it comes to success, nothing trumps good habits,” says Emily Gregory, VitalSmarts’ lead researcher and vice president of product development. “No amount of luck, talent, brains, or good decisions can compensate for your habits and your routines.” Certain thinking habits are more powerful than others. Here are four to adopt if you want to move ahead at work: Hesitate before saying “no.” Trust your gut. Be curious. Tackle the hard stuff first. Fast Company

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At this point, it’s hard to believe remote work was ever once even considered a perk and not the norm. Even as restrictions lift and vaccines roll out, it doesn’t look like things will ever go back to the way they were. Major companies like Google and Microsoft have already announced plans to go hybrid, and other companies will likely do the same. And it makes sense; remote work has opened up the talent pool for employers and given employees more flexibility than ever before. However, there needs to be trust between employees and the company for remote work to actually work. As more and more business owners ditch the old workplace model, a lot will have to change. The best place to start is with onboarding and training to make sure expectations are communicated clearly from the very beginning. Here are my tips for updating your training plan for the post-COVID workplace: Ask your newest hires for input, invest in a consistent experience, connect team members with a friend, be clear about your company’s health and safety guidelines. Training Magazine

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