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Tips for Preparing for the R.E.T.U.R.N. to In-Person Work

If I could pick a theme song for this summer, it would be “Welcome Back,” a song by American rapper Mase.  As vaccine rollout continues across the country, many professional organizations have been developing return-to-the-workplace plans and communicating to employees their plans that focus on office space, scheduling, and safety. That’s good news for people…

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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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Impacts of COVID-19 on Workforce Development

In 2020, the switch to remote work had profound impacts on companies’ abilities to connect with their employees virtually. At FMP, our work shifted to meet the needs of our clients who were struggling to effectively deliver training to their staff. In February of this year, we surveyed 30 respondents to find out how the…

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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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What We Learned in 2020

At the end of a year, many organizations reflect on their work and their accomplishments. Some publish annual reports filled with tables, graphs, and stories describing their impact. They go into the new year excited to use new insights to do bigger and better things.    But 2020 brought lessons that went deeper than the projects we worked on and our accomplishments.  Amid the chaos, challenges, and grief…

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The Importance of Celebrating Company Anniversaries — Kicking Off FMP’s 30th Birthday

As we begin the new year—especially this new year—we are looking forward to many things. A particularly exciting event here at FMP is our approaching 30th anniversary on March 4th. As the date nears, we’re reflecting on the importance of celebrating an anniversary, and what all that entails. Anniversaries are more than opportunities to recognize…

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Flexible Paid Time Off: Before, During, and After COVID-19

Fall 2020 marked year four of flexible paid time off (PTO) at FMP Consulting. However, having begun my career at FMP in March 2017, I’ve never experienced anything different during my employment here. First, you may ask, ‘what is flexible PTO?’ I describe it as a type of PTO that gives employees the freedom to…

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Staying Motivated and Maximizing Workplace Flexibility in the New Year

So, it’s 2021. New year, new you (or, something like that…)! A chance for fresh starts, fresh goals, and reinvigorated motivation. But, if you’re still working from home in the new year, that “fresh start” won’t look like a brand-new work outfit, greeting coworkers and sharing stories of celebrations over coffee in the kitchen, and…

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Onwards and Upwards to 2021

Just a few days ago, we said goodbye to the rollercoaster of 2020 and welcomed 2021 with open arms. While the end of 2020 does not mean the issues we faced will magically go away, we do get to reflect on what we’ve experienced and incorporate them into our goals for the new year. Last…

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