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Surveys in the Virtual Workplace: Tips for Addressing Common Issues

With the rise in virtual work brought upon by the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become increasingly crucial for companies to effectively leverage online surveys.1 Although surveys have many advantages, they also have some drawbacks which, if not addressed, can limit their usefulness. Knowledge of common survey issues and how to address them is crucial for companies to get the most out of their surveys and engage in effective data-driven practices. Below, we discuss some common problems associated with the use of surveys and offer some tips for addressing these issues.  COMMON SURVEY ISSUES AND WHY THEY MATTER  Nonresponse Bias: Ideally, everyone who is…

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Four Strategies to Mitigate Systemic Pay Inequity

This last Friday, June 25th, President Biden signed Executive Order 14035 (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Federal Workforce) to progress diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility processes and procedures in the Federal Government. Among the various directives, the order dedicates a section to advancing pay equity in the federal government. In support of this…

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Five Ways to Get the Most Value Out of Your Employee Recognition Program

As we kick-off a new month and look back on the previous month of March, we are reminded of the many activities that took place. March signaled the official beginning of Spring, initiated office rivalries during March Madness, and was home to the iconic St. Patrick’s Day. But did you know the first Friday in…

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How to Apply Behavioral Science to Virtual Employee Recognition Program Design

In part 1 of this blog series, we explained the importance of employee recognition programs, discussed how the virtual work environment has impacted many of these programs, and highlighted the benefits of applying behavioral science to the redesign of these virtual programs. Now, in part 2 of the series, we will walk through some examples…

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The Benefits of Applying Behavioral Science to Virtual Employee Recognition Programs

As we near the end of March 2021 and review the landscape, it’s increasingly clear that many of last year’s workplace challenges will continue through this year as well. Like FMP Consultant Haylee Gans describes in her recent FMP Blog on the importance of workplace flexibility, while the COVID-19 pandemic pushed organizations to adopt remote…

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It Started as an Internship, But It Turned into a Career

At FMP, hiring summer interns is one of our favorite parts of the year! Over the years, we have been fortunate to hire a few interns every summer. Even better, many of our summer interns have ended up landing full time positions after they have finished school. Are you interested in applying for an FMP…

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Paid Family Leave Expands to the Federal Government

One of the most substantial expansion of benefits for federal employees in 25 years went into effect on October 1, 2020. The Federal Employee Paid Leave Act enables federal workers to take up to 12 weeks of paid time off for the birth, adoption, or placement of a new child. Eligibility for this benefit and…

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Cruising On Flight C20: Continuing New Employees’ Onboarding After the First Week

Amid the current uncertainty, it has become more important than ever to ensure new employees are effectively integrated into their new organizations. Successful virtual onboarding is more than just a one-day orientation. It is process that can last 3 -12 months.   In the first part of this 2-part series, we shared tips on what you…

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Moving from Mentorship to Sponsorship: Securing New Seats at the Table

Though the terms mentor and sponsor are commonly used interchangeably, there are clear differences between the two. Almost anyone can be a mentor, but only those with access to positions of power and leadership, and the ability to improve the visibility of those they sponsor, can serve as sponsors. Mentorship can be looked at as…

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A Competency-Based Approach to Workforce Recovery: Using Competencies to Find and Hire the Right Talent

In Part 1 of this blog, we talked through strategies for how job seekers can explore new careers using a competency-based approach. We illustrated that due to the economic disruption caused by the pandemic, many people with experience in one industry may have to shift to a new industry to find employment opportunities. In this…

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