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Are Summer Internships Ruined Because of COVID-19?
Are Summer Internships Ruined Because of COVID-19?

Internships are a rite of passage for many career hopefuls. These hands-on, in-person gigs provide job candidates – many of whom are still in college – insight into a particular career field, company, or work environment. Since internships are often free, or low wage positions, employers get the additional benefits of reduced rate labor and a no-commitment opportunity to measure how an intern would perform as a full-time employee. COVID-19, however, has thrown many summer internship programs into the air. This week we’re focusing on how this pandemic is affecting Generation Z. So let’s find out if summer internships are ruined because of the cororavirus.

Six Considerations to Include in Your Pandemic Response Plan
Six Considerations to Include in Your Pandemic Response Plan

Businesses will be judged on how they came out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Much of your success during the coronavirus crisis likely depends on two factors: your industry and your business continuity plan. Unfortunately, for those businesses in hard-hit industries like hospitality, tourism, and retail, even the most robust continuity plan may not be enough to keep you or your employees afloat. That’s a tragedy no one saw coming. Companies who are weathering this crisis well are leaning heavily on their Continuity of Operations Plan, or COOP. These plans provide guidance on implementing and managing business operations so services can be performed in an emergency event. At its core, a COOP examines the risks to your business caused by specific events – catastrophic damage to your headquarters, a data security breach, a meteorological disaster – and assesses how to maintain business operations if one of them should occur. The global spread of COVID-19 has given companies a sobering reminder they should now include a pandemic response in their COOP.  Here are six considerations to include in your business operations plan that can significantly improve your response to a similar catastrophe (we hope you never need to deploy it).

Part Two: How to Successfully Deploy a Remote Workforce
Part Two: How to Successfully Deploy a Remote Workforce

Deploying a fully operational remote workforce is a huge undertaking, even without the turbulent time crunch brought on by COVID-19. No matter the size of your company - from small businesses to enterprise organizations – these transitions are tough. You need to be fast, agile, and flexible to maintain peak performance and protect your employees’ livelihoods. “Moving forward, whether we like it or not, businesses will be judged on their resiliency and how they came out of this pandemic,” says Bob Capwell, Chief Knowledge Officer at EBI. EBI successfully deployed a fully operational 100% remote US workforce in just 5 days. In the second installment of our two-part series on deploying a remote workforce, EBI’s trusted leaders share a roadmap that should put you on the path to success, too.

Part One: How to Successfully Deploy a Remote Workforce
Part One: How to Successfully Deploy a Remote Workforce

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how businesses operate, perhaps permanently. This is evidenced by the number of businesses, from small companies to enterprise organizations, who have had to transition to remote workforces. Deploying a fully operational remote workforce is a huge undertaking, even without the time crunch brought on by coronavirus. From equipment to employee training, your Information Technology department will be responsible for the bulk of the transition. EBI deployed a fully remote and 100% operational US based remote workforce in five days. This week, we present a two-part series about how to successfully manage a similar deployment. In part one, Brent Wettengel, Director of Information Technology at EBI, offers tips for a seamless technology transition.

Three Ways to Boost Employee Morale
Three Ways to Boost Employee Morale

I have always been a scrappy gal. You give me lemons and after a short pity party, which I always allow myself, I will hunt down the sugar, a pitcher, and a spoon. This ability to create a simple syrup out of tough situations is something I unwittingly learned from my great grandmother, Bertha Anzulovic. I can finally recognize the tools Bertha quietly taught me by the way she lived. She survived the Great Depression, eight miscarriages, and being widowed in her early thirties with four children to raise alone; never to remarry. During Bertha’s 86 years, she went on to earn a Ph.D., become a school principal, play the piano in church and at home, and make handcrafted dolls from dish detergent bottles. She strived to end global poverty, donating to children’s charities in Africa. She also truly lived to “beat the pants off” her many grand and great-grandchildren and anyone else brave enough to challenge her to a card game. These subliminal lessons empowered me to navigate a tough single-parent childhood with housing insecurity, separate near death experiences of both of my daughters, and the last 21 years as a supportive partner and creative brainstormer to my CEO husband as he navigated his own business through 9/11, the 2008 recession, and now an unprecedented pandemic. Bertha’s rules to live by will coexist seamlessly in both your professional and personal lives and will help you develop a resiliency muscle that will make even a professional bodybuilder jealous! My own professional evolution over the last 28 years from CPA, financial recruiter, stay-at-home mother, and now the leader of Global Design Culture at EBI and co-founder of the Just One World Foundation, makes me confident that practicing and sharing these three ways of looking at the world will immunize you from dreaded negativity at home, in your social life and at the office. So, let’s take off our pity party hats and look at three opportunities we have right in front of us to start squeezing those lemons!

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-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.

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. 

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