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HR Brief 2nd Quarter 2021

Addressing Unwell Remote Workers

Many employees may have spent considerable portions of the last year attempting to perform their job duties despite feeling unwell. This can lead to a type of lost productivity known as presenteeism. Presenteeism occurs when employees are not able to function to their full potential due to illnesses, injuries or other conditions.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel Development’s new ‘Health and Well-being at Work 2021’ study surveyed 668 senior HR professionals in the UK. Seventy-seven per cent of respondents said that they had noticed presenteeism issues among remote employees.

In addition to physical illnesses, loneliness stemming from lockdown and a lack of interaction with colleagues may have led to mental health issues for employees. Furthermore, it’s possible that employers and managers are less adept at noticing issues in a remote work environment. In order to help employees who may be pushing themselves to work despite feeling unwell, consider these steps:

  • Establish boundaries. Poor work-life balance may be a common issue for remote workers. Encourage employees to set a specific schedule and follow it.
  • Conduct frequent check-ins. Consider reaching out to remote subordinates regularly in order to gauge their well-being and detect any issues.
  • Encourage rest. Remind remote employees to take breaks throughout the day. In addition, workers should be encouraged to take time off in order to avoid burnout.

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Steps for Spotting Fake Degrees Among Potential Candidates

Applicants providing false credentials has long been an issue that employers must be aware of. However, industry experts say that this issue may be rising in prevalence. With access to online education becoming more common, organisations must understand that the risk of candidates lying on their resumes is also increasing.

Specifically, employers should be aware of diploma mills. These businesses are unregulated educational institutions that provide illegitimate degrees to paying customers while requiring very little (if any) academic study.

There are a number of ways that employers can discern whether a degree is legitimate. Consider the following signs:

  • Inaccurate enrolment dates—Check if the time span during which an applicant says they earned their degree makes sense.
  • Logical progression issues—Look for gaps or omissions, such as a candidate who might claim to have a doctorate but does not list a bachelor’s degree.
  • Unfamiliar names—If the name of the institution that issued a degree is unfamiliar or suspicious, it’s worth checking. Consider performing an online search for the name of the institution and the words ‘diploma mill.’
  • Proximity concerns—If an applicant claims to have physically attended a legitimate institution, check if the applicant’s address makes it reasonable for them to have attended.

It may also be helpful to make direct contact with the institution that supposedly issued a degree in question to determine its legitimacy.

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