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Four Ways Managers Can Build Closer Remote Teams
Four Ways Managers Can Build Closer Remote Teams

If we didn’t all know it before COVID-19, we do now: working from home is tough. The constant juggling act between work duties, childcare, homeschool, cleaning, fitness, and maintaining emotional connection can leave employees feeling drained, overwhelmed, and frustrated. Adrenaline carried most of us through the first few weeks of this forced remote transition, but now the pace, loneliness, and utter disruption to our routines is starting to fray our nerves. Managers are unfortunately caught in the middle. Your team is looking to you for guidance, support, and confidence. Meanwhile, leadership is sharing potentially dicey business operation projections. Oh, and you’re sharing a home “office” with a partner and two rambunctious children. EBI understands the difficulties of managing remote teams during this pandemic. In fact, our entire staff is 100% remote and fully operational. We have, however, discovered that despite our distance from each other, our team is closer than ever. So, we thought we’d share some of the personal touches that have helped our already savvy managers keep up morale among teams. Read on for inspiration!

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.

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.

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-9 EBI 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.

What Businesses of All Sizes Need to Know About COVID-19
What Businesses of All Sizes Need to Know About COVID-19

Business of all sizes are struggling with how to respond to COVID-19. Nearly every aspect of business operation is being affected by this pandemic. The fields of human resources and talent acquisition are experiencing chaotic changes. Some businesses have been forced to halt hiring completely, while others are ramping up recruiting to meet increased demands. Despite where they stand in this challenging business environment, the one thing they have in common is questions about how to handle the background check process. 

4 Benefits of an ATS Integration with EBI
4 Benefits of an ATS Integration with EBI

Hiring and recruiting specialists in today’s talent acquisition environment crave speed, easy workflow management, and straightforward applicant tracking. Technology officers need something flexible, dependable, customizable, and affordable. Candidates want a simple process without error or data duplication that gets them placed into their job quickly. Is it possible for everyone involved in hiring to get what they want? Yes!

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