Workest Weekly: Challenges for HR Teams, Tips for a Healthy Organization, Strengthening a New Hire’s Ability to Succeed

Welcome to Workest Weekly — a newsletter for small business owners, HR leaders, and their growing teams.


And just like that, it’s the last week of June. Summer is officially here; are you encouraging your employees to take some time off to rest? Learn about the benefits of letting your staff recharge this season. Also, if you have employees who work outdoors, here are ways to keep them safe in the summer heat. We’ve made it halfway through 2022 — and there are some HR challenges emerging for the 2nd half of the year. Find out what they are and how to overcome them to help your organization thrive.  

Small Business and HR Compliance dates this week:

June 30, 2022

Social Media Day. Use this day to celebrate all the great relationships and communities you’ve built on your social media platforms.

5 Major Challenges HR Teams Will Face the Rest of This Year

Addressing all 5 of these challenges human resources teams are facing the rest of this year will help your organization to thrive.

5 Major Challenges HR Teams Will Face the Rest of This Year

We’ve made it halfway through 2022. Earlier in the year, we identified the 5 challenges HR is facing and how to overcome them. Some of these continue to challenge human resources professionals, while other major challenges are emerging for the 2nd half of the year.

Successfully navigating each of these challenges in real-time will set your organization up for a more successful year in 2023.



Learn about opportunities where your employees can manage up and create a better working relationship between themselves and their managers.

HR Headaches: What Is Managing Up, and Why Should Employees Learn This Skill?

It’s no surprise to any business that some of the managers they employ may not be up to snuff when it comes to leading their teams. Many individual contributors move into management based on their technical abilities, but may have not had the chance to develop the skills required to inspire, activate, and empower their teams.

So, how can employees who might be working with a manager lacking these skills find success? The key: managing up.


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A Healthy Organization: What It Is and How to Have One

Employers have (rightly) been investing in ways to boost employee well-being. However, even a company composed of the healthiest, most balanced employees is still subject to the systems and culture that the company itself creates. That’s why taking a holistic, enterprise-wide approach to creating a healthy organization is a critical addition to employee well-being initiatives.



Communication and curiosity will always be key to a new hire’s happiness and success at your organization.

5 Strategies That Will Strengthen a New Hire’s Ability to Succeed

Helping new hires succeed isn’t a passive or occasional thing. It isn’t enough to just have quarterly check-ins to see how they are adjusting. You need to do more for your new hires. If you want to be an active part of your new hires’ professional development, it’s time to develop some specific strategies. Below are 5 strategies to get you going.



Heat-related illnesses are a threat to many workers this summer.

How to Keep Outdoor Employees Safe in the Summer Heat

As much of the world, from the U.S. to Europe, battles a major heatwave, a new workplace safety issue steps into the spotlight: heat. Perhaps your construction company relies on employees working outdoors. Maybe you have company events planned that are scheduled to take place outside. If you plan to have employees outdoors, here’s how to keep them safe this summer as temperatures rise.



On average, workers who receive a fixed number of paid sick days use only around half of the sick days they earn per year.

What Is the Average Number of Sick Days in the U.S.?

The vast majority of employers in the United States offer paid time off, including sick leave. So, the question is not whether you provide sick leave but rather how much. Various factors influence how many sick days an employer should provide, including applicable sick leave laws. That said, knowing the estimated average number of sick days is a good place to start.


POPS The People Podcast

The POPS! Podcast by Zenefits helps small business leaders build people teams and succeed in the new world of work.

Does Your PTO Measure Up to the Summer Vacation Season?

Summer has arrived! And you know what that means? Vacations of all types and sizes. That being said, 46% of workers feel nervous about taking PTO because of either too much work or they are afraid of the career repercussions. 

Jean Spencer, Director of Integrated Marketing at TriNet Zenefits, joins the show to share what organizations can do to help their employees take some time off to rest and recharge this summer season.



500 billion dollars on average: This is what lack of productivity, responsibility, turnover, hiring, and lack of motivation costs companies nationwide.

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