Today’s guest blogger, Morgan Gregory, Public Sector Field Marketing Manager at Kronos, focuses on employees and their treatment in the workplace.
As I was scrolling through my twitter feed, I noticed that some social media manager was definitely doing their job today because it was impossible to miss what’s happening in Washington this week.
The US Department of Labor has started a social media campaign to encourage employees to engage in conversation with each other about how they are treated in the workplace in preparation for the White House Summit on Worker Voice this Wednesday, October 7.
Twitter has been flooded with stories of workers who chose to start the “convo” in their workplace, resulting in wins for their workforce. While higher pay and paid leave are great wins for the employee, the implications of these initiatives on the employers have been absent from the conversation.
Even though federal government is focusing on the employee conversation, the changes that they’re encouraging will have a huge impact on the employer, and it’s important for you, as an employer, to know what to keep an eye on as their employees #StartTheConvo.
Below are some questions to consider as you follow #WorkerVoice
- What rights do my employees currently have?
- What am I doing to keep record of their sick time?
- Am I in compliance with current labor laws?
- What changes in tracking would have to be made if these become national requirements?
- What is the cost of absence?
- Do my employees feel safe at work?
From a state as covered in collective bargaining agreements as California to the union-limited state of Wisconsin, when these issues come from a national level, it will almost always require some change to come of the employer, whether that be what they’re offering or how they’re keeping record.
Most importantly, as an employer, it will be most important to be a part of the conversation. By managing proactively, you will you create a more collaborative, inviting, and fair work environment.
You can follow along with the summit starting at 10:30 am ET.