Workest Weekly: July SMB + HR Calendar, Top 2022 Talent Management Trends, Why Your Layoff Strategy Matters

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


Happy first week of July! We hope your 4th was filled with delicious food, lots of sunshine, and fun fireworks. Kick off the month (and second half of the year) right with our free July small business and HR compliance calendar. Curious how to best attract and retain talent at your organization? Check out these top talent management trends that will continue to be popular in 2022 and beyond. Layoffs are impacting companies across the country right now. If your business is facing the possibility of letting employees go, here’s why it’s crucial to have a plan in place.

Small Business and HR Compliance dates this week:

July 4, 2022

4th of July. The Fourth of July, aka Independence Day, is a federally observed holiday.

July 7, 2022

National Workaholic Day. “Hi, my name is … and I’m a workaholic.” National Workaholic Day examines the negative effects of work addiction and importance of work-life balance.

July 10, 2022

National Kitten Day. #NationalKittenDay. Have your employees send it photos of their adorable kittens.

The Fourth of July, Get to Know Your Customers Day, IRS deadlines — stay on top of all that’s happening this month with our July calendar.

Free Small Business and HR Compliance Calendar: July 2022

Happy July! We’re officially halfway through 2022. Kick off the second half of the year the right way by downloading our July small business and HR compliance calendar. It’s chock full of holidays, social media dates, and compliance events to have on your radar.

Download your copy of our calendar and refer to it throughout the month!



Top Talent Management Trends For 2022

By combining traditional and agile methods to manage your talent, your business can maximize efficiency while maintaining the creativity and innovation that comes with agility.

Top Talent Management Trends for 2022

Talent management should be top of mind for your organization. Ideally, your company’s approach to talent management attracts and retains its talent.

Your mission should be building and maintaining your employees to achieve company goals. It’s also in your best interest to protect your employees from:

  • Inflation
  • Climate change
  • Health uncertainties

Keeping up with the latest trends will pay off for years to come. Here are 6 trends that will continue to be popular in 2022 and beyond.


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