Cognizant latest firm in India to ask employees to return back to the office
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by Champa Ha
2d ago
The Indian branch of US-based IT firm Cognizant is the latest firm in India to mandate a return-to-office policy for its employees. As seen from a memo from Ravi Kumar S, CEO of Cognizant, the IT firm has informed all employees in India that they should, “aim to be present in the office for an average of three days per week, or as determined by their team leader.” This memo would mark the end of remote work enforced by the Covid-19 pandemic. The report did not indicate when specifically this directive would take effect. Cognizant has shared that working from the office enables better collabora ..read more
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Firms in Australia learn to support employees facing family violence
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by Josephine Tan
2d ago
In the past six months, Australians have actively sought information on the government’s initiative regarding paid family and domestic violence (FDV) leave, as evidenced by over 3,500 downloads of the Small Business, Big Impact: How to Support Employees Experiencing Family and Domestic Violence Leave podcast. This podcast initiative aims to engage a broader audience in discussions on how small businesses can effectively support and respond to employees facing or at risk of FDV. Amanda Rishworth, Australia’s Minister for Social Services, emphasised the critical role workplaces play in addressin ..read more
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On this Employee Appreciation Day, why personalisation is key
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by HRM Asia Newsroom
2d ago
Employee appreciation—beyond providing the basics of salary and benefits—is one of the most overlooked ways business leaders can drive engagement and retention, experts say. With Employee Appreciation Day happening nationwide on March 1, some employers are gearing up to show their employees how much their efforts are valued—though, according to new research, not enough. A recent poll from Gallup found that fewer than one in four employees said they had received memorable recognition from their CEO. Learning management system TalentLMS also recently found that more than 60% of wo ..read more
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APAC leads the way in creating workplace gender diversity
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by Shawn Liew
2d ago
While there is clearly scope improvement when it comes to improving gender diversity in the workplace, the APAC region is continuing to lead the way when it comes to providing more opportunities for women. Between 2022 and 2023, of the 225 CEO appointments that were made in the region, 12% were female, according to Heidrick & Struggles’ 2023 Route to the Top study. This is higher than the global average of 8%, with Australia and New Zealand seeing the highest percentage of female CEO appointments (15%). Also ranking above the APAC ranking was Singapore, which maintained its previous year’s ..read more
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How diversity backlash is affecting DEI efforts in the workplace
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by HRM Asia Newsroom
3d ago
Recently, we at i4cp hosted over 40 HR executives at the White House for a meeting with the administration on the state of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in corporations today. With some of America’s best-known organisations taking part, we had a productive and engaging dialogue on how companies are viewing their diversity-related initiatives in the wake of recent backlash. We did not publicize the gathering—or who attended—because we did not want anyone’s company to experience a Bud Light moment. Which is, in my opinion, a sad statement on today’s environment.  ..read more
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Workday expands HR tech portfolio with acquisition of HiredScore
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by Josephine Tan
3d ago
Workday has announced its acquisition of HiredScore, a provider of AI-powered talent orchestration solutions, signalling a strategic move to bolster its talent management offerings. This acquisition aims to empower organisations with comprehensive, data-driven insights to enhance recruiting and talent mobility processes. The synergy between Workday’s Talent Management and Workday Skills Cloud, combined with HiredScore’s Talent Orchestration solutions, is poised to provide users with an intelligent talent acquisition and internal mobility platform. Carl Eschenbach, CEO of Workday, emphasised th ..read more
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Drinks after work? More Kiwis seek post-work socialising
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by Champa Ha
4d ago
With more employees in New Zealand working from home, it means that they are less likely to socialise and connect with colleagues on a deeper level, something that concerns employers who worry that their remote teams are losing out on the social benefits of the workplace. A new survey of young Kiwi professionals has found that Kiwis working from home are still making an effort to socialise with their colleagues outside of working hours. The reason for this? FOMO (fear of missing out). The survey, commissioned by Bacardi, and conducted by Pureprofile, saw 501 Kiwis aged 18 to 35 share how they ..read more
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Many organisations in Australia failing to close the gender pay gap
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by Shawn Liew
4d ago
On average, male employees in Australia are earning around 22% more than their female counterparts, the country’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) has revealed in a first-ever report that details gender pay gaps at organisations with more than 100 employees. Katy Gallagher, Australia’s Minister for Women, said, “By shining a light on gender pay gaps at an employer level, we are arming individuals and organisations with the evidence they need to take meaningful action to accelerate closing the gender pay gap in Australian workplaces. While describing the exposure of the gender pay gaps i ..read more
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How HR can cultivate essential change skills in employees
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by HRM Asia Newsroom
4d ago
We are living in a world that is moving faster, is less predictable and is more complex and uncertain that ever before. A myriad of factors like globalisation and rapidly advancing technology, with increased access to information, are contributing to this rapid-fire state of change. Many organisations are struggling to keep up in this new environment because it is creating a fundamental need to rethink what it takes to thrive today. What we have learned is that organisations that are able to win in this disruptive and disrupted world have three key characteristics: an adaptable culture, c ..read more
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Giving employees a festive bonus not unheard of, says SPCAAM
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by Champa Ha
5d ago
Are festive bonuses for employees unfeasible? The Social Protection Contributors Advisory Association Malaysia (SPCAAM), a non-profit organisation that advocates for the promotion and defence of employees’ right to social protection, does not believe so. The group has publicly refuted the claims made by Syed Hussain Syed Husman, President of the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF), and William Ng, President of Small and Medium Enterprises Association of Malaysia (Samenta), who have reservations about giving bonuses to employees during the festive season. J. Solomon, President of SPCAAM, has ..read more
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