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Fun Ways to Boost Morale with Your Remote Co-Workers
Fun Ways to Boost Morale with Your Remote Co-Workers

Working from home was a shock for many of us. COVID-19 took the decision out of our hands. At first, we adjusted to this new normal and balanced home school or social distancing with work duties. We set up home “offices” and became literate in remote technology. We helped isolated family, friends, and neighbors cope. Then the novelty wore off and the frustrations and stresses set in. Four weeks into the coronavirus pandemic, our nerves are frayed. But in this time of uncertainty, the ability to have a positive mindset is a key component of our overall health and wellbeing. We turned to EBI’s own Human Resources team for some inspiring ways to boost morale.

Screening News Weekly Wrap: April 10th, 2020

State offices... closed! Exams... cancelled! COVID-19 is messing up plans for new graduates. But there is a glimmer of hope. Some industries are making adjustments to help get their careers up and running. All the details are in today's EBI Screening News Weekly Wrap. 

Three Ways HR Pros Can Practice Empathy During COVID-19
Three Ways HR Pros Can Practice Empathy During COVID-19

This week, EBI employees began receiving a daily inspirational quote delivered to our email inboxes. The idea was borne from Marti Kurland, who heads Global Design Culture at EBI. Following our transition to a 100% remote workforce, Marti and the EBI HR Team held a series of conversations with employees about their new work environment and what challenges they were facing.  What they discovered is that employees, like thousands of other newly remote workforces, are feeling anxious because of COVID-19. They found that balancing homeschool with work duties is tough. They found out some people are caring for ill parents. They found out that previously existing mental health challenges are being exacerbated by this stressful situation. Our EBI people managers asked questions. They actively listened to employees’ feelings. And then they created an action plan. That’s empathy. Here are three ways you can show empathy and ease employee’s anxiety during COVID-19.

Navigating Background Checks and Drug Testing During COVID-19
Navigating Background Checks and Drug Testing During COVID-19

Hiring is going through rapid changes because of the coronavirus outbreak. Many of these changes impact background checks and drug testing. It may be challenging for human resources professionals to keep track of all these modifications in this chaotic environment. EBI is committed to helping you navigate these new challenges. On Thursday, April 9 at 2:00 pm EST / 11 am PT the EBI Trusted Advisor Program is hosting a 30-minute webinar to discuss updates to screening procedures and drug testing during COVID-19. The webinar features Curt Schwall, Vice President of Compliance & Regulatory Affairs at EBI, and Larry Henry and Denelda Richardson, attorneys at Rhodes Hieronymus. The webinar will be moderated by Jennifer Gladstone, Editor-in-Chief of EBI’s Screening News Network. We hope you can join us for this important webinar. But if you’re swamped, we understand. So, here’s a breakdown of what we’ll be discussing.

New to Remote Work? Four Tips to Help Your Transition
New to Remote Work? Four Tips to Help Your Transition

Working from home looks and feels different for everyone. And when the decision to work remotely is taken out of your hands, the transition can be a shock. That’s the reality for thousands of employees who are now working from home because of COVID-19. In addition to trying to maintain daily work duties, many people are balancing homeschool and caretaking stresses. EBI is committed to helping you navigate this challenging time. We are 100% operational with a fully remote workforce. Even when there isn’t a crisis, a portion of our EBI team is remote. Here are four tips we’ve learned from our experiences to help with your WFH transition.

Five Ways to Maximize Remote Meetings
Five Ways to Maximize Remote Meetings

Home has fast become the dominant workplace. Whether you’re a seasoned remote employee with a private office or a newly work from home (WFH) rookie set up in your kitchen, the number of remote workers is skyrocketing because of COVID-19. With this surge comes a new set of workplace challenges, which are complicated even more by the number of parents who are balancing home school or caring for ill family members. The EBI Marketing Team is uniquely qualified to help you make the most of this new remote working environment. Even prior to the coronavirus outbreak, half of our team was WFH. Now, we all are. With a few small adjustments, we are just as productive, creative, and cooperative as we were when in the office. Here are five easy-to-implement tips we’ve learned as a team that we hope will help you maximize your remote meetings.

Screening News Weekly Wrap: April 3rd, 2020

COVID-19 is forcing changes in everything, including some long-standing and pretty strict employment rules and regulations. Things are not changing dramatically, but some adjustments to heavily regulated industries were bound to happen. It’s definitely not a free for all, but some employers are getting a little leeway. Are you affected? Read on to find out.

Five Screening Tips to Help You Hire During this Coronavirus Outbreak
Five Screening Tips to Help You Hire During this Coronavirus Outbreak

Talent acquisition and retention has changed a lot in just a few short weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak. Many of these changes impact background screening. We’re doing our best to keep you informed about important recruiting, hiring, and human resources issues relating to COVID-19 which may affect how and why you screen. Just this week, we’ve shared these posts on our COVID-19 HR Resources page:What Businesses of All Sizes Need to Know About COVID-19 Should You Stop Hiring During a Pandemic? Three Ways to Streamline Heathcare Screening During COVID-19 Video: COVID-19 Impact on Form I-9EBI is committed to helping you navigate hiring challenges. Here are five screening tips to help you make the most of this new temporary hiring environment.

Do Remote Workers Need to be Screened?
Do Remote Workers Need to be Screened?

What do the healthcare, technology, and manufacturing industries have in common right now? They are hiring thousands of workers to meet a sharp spike in demand because of the COVID-19 crisis. Many of these positions are remote – or WFH (work from home). But do remote workers need to be screened as thoroughly as employees who report to the office? Or is now the time to relax your background check requirements to get people into WFH positions faster? Here are some do’s and don’ts to safely and swiftly onboard new remote employees.

Three Ways to Streamline Healthcare Screening During COVID-19

It’s no secret some industries are faring better than others through the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthcare jobs are skyrocketing as hospitals, medical labs, research facilities, and other clinics try to meet the increased demand the coronavirus is putting on an already strained workforce. Filling these jobs quickly, accurately, and safely has become a huge priority. Some healthcare groups are loosening background check requirements to get folks suited up faster. What’s the safest approach to streamlining healthcare screenings in an emergency? EBI has some tips.

Should You Stop Hiring During a Pandemic?
Should You Stop Hiring During a Pandemic?

No matter where you look in the news, there are stories about the economic impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on businesses. From micro-businesses to enterprise organizations, COVID-19 has, in many cases, completely altered their outlook for the rest of the year. Hiring is one of the biggest concerns businesses are facing. Should they continue posting jobs and creating positions if they don’t know what the economic future holds? Is it responsible to keep hiring for certain positions when you’ve had to layoff other workers? Should employers hit pause on all hiring – even for candidates who’ve already started the onboarding process? EBI has these tips for businesses trying to navigate this unprecedented challenge.

Screening News Weekly Wrap: March 27th, 2020

Welcome to our weird new work world! For many of us, COVID-19 means we now work from home. But thanks to technology, being out of the office no longer means we are out of touch or unproductive. The Screening News Network will continue through this new phase. It’s just going to have a bit of a different look. Now more than ever, our team is dedicated to keeping you up to date on all the news that is relevant to your business. 

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