April 2022 | 22nd EDITION NEWSLETTER
WHAT'S NEW(S)?
Women Don’t Feel Comfortable at Work. Here’s How to Fix Your Culture.
Employee Benefits News | By Paola Peralta
March 21, 2022  

The labor market is fighting to create strategies to attract female talent. But have they put the same amount of effort in creating an environment where they’ll want to stay? More than 20% of women believe that they’re not benefiting from their work culture, and it’s causing them to rethink their future with their companies, according to a new survey report released last week by time orchestration platform Clockwise. Just 10% of male employees feel the same, highlighting a culture discrepancy that may impact a company’s ability to grow.
Long Story Short: Your Employees Are Stressed About Money — Here’s How to Help
Employee Benefits News | By Alyssa Place | March 18, 2022
 
Employees are bringing their financial stress into the workplace — are you prepared to help them manage it?
With so much uncertainty and financial strain impacting Americans, employers can be a safe haven for their employees to learn better financial education. According to a survey from John Hancock, nearly 90% of workers want their employers to provide financial wellness programs, and 66% felt that access to a financial wellness program would make them more likely to stay with their current employer.
Viewpoint: Three Ways Small Companies Can Recruit and Retain Talent
SHRM | George Deglin | March 11, 2022
 
The pandemic has triggered myriad societal and workplace shifts, from hybrid work styles to a rise in remote collaboration technologies. Perhaps even more notable is a transformation in workers' mentalities and mindsets. Many are reassessing their career goals, and some are quitting workplaces that no longer serve their needs.

How to Close the Retirement Gap Between Men and Women
Employee Benefit News | Alyssa Place | March 22, 2022

In the race toward retirement, women are falling far behind.
According to data from insurance company TIAA, women have 30% less saved for retirement than men. Because of factors like the persistent wage gap, along with career breaks for caregiving, these missed savings opportunities can reduce a woman’s ability to be financially stable once she leaves the workforce.
No Surprises Act: Prescription Drug and Health Care Spending Transparency Rule
 INSPRO Marsh McLennan Agency | Andrea Sokolich, J.D., M.P.H. | March 17, 2022

Guidance Addresses Reporting Requirements and Provides Enforcement Delay until December 27, 2022

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA) required certain federal agencies to issue rules providing for cost transparency and related protections for health coverage under the No Surprises Act portion of the CAA. On November 23, 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), together with the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Department of the Treasury (collectively, the Agencies), published an interim final rule entitled Prescription Drug and Health Care Spending.
How to Leave Things on a Positive Note When an Employee Quits
FastCompany | Ben Crudo | March 25, 2022
 
These days, there’s always a chance your departing worker may ‘boomerang’ back.
If there’s one thing that never gets easier as a leader, it’s saying goodbye to a valuable team member. Employees leave for all kinds of reasons, but as a CEO, it’s easy to feel like you’ve failed somehow. So, how should you feel when they come back? The corporate world is dealing with a new phenomenon right now—boomerang employees. About 4.5 million U.S. employees quit in November 2021 alone, and people who made big decisions in that sweeping resignation wave have had time to reconsider.
How Your HR Team Can Champion Employee Self-Care
Human Resources Today | Nicole Klemp | March 2022

Everyone seems to be talking about “self-care” lately, with advertisers and social media influencers throwing the term around to sell you the latest brightening skin cream or pore-reducing mask. But real self-care is much more than a TikTok trend. Even the World Health Organization (WHO) promotes self-care as a way for people across the world to live a healthier lifestyle. They define self-care as “the ability of individuals, families, and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and to cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a healthcare provider.”
5 Keys to Improving Employee Performance
Human Resources Today | Hppy | March 24, 2022

Any consumer-facing business needs a motivated and high-performance workforce to stay focused on the assigned tasks. It is the responsibility of the senior management to ensure that the consumer-facing staff is provided with the required resources and knowledge to make decisions that are right for the business and the consumer.
Biometric Monitoring is Booming in The Workplace, Raising Ethical and Legal Questions For HR
HR Brew | Sam Blum | March 4, 2022
 
Workers have few legal protections when it comes to biometric data collection, but there are some notable exceptions.
Here’s a question courtesy of the rapid advancement of 21st-century technology:
“There’s No Playbook for This”: HR Professionals Look Back On March 2020
HR Brew | Susanna Vogel |March 22, 2022
 
Two years later, HR professionals look back on the first weeks of lockdowns. On March 5, 2020, Amy Spurling attended her last in-person networking event before Covid lockdowns began. She says her colleagues lightly kicked her shins by way of greeting. The Compt CEO remembers she found it funny—it was a previously unthinkable social faux pas that, as news of this ominous new virus took hold, was somehow now more acceptable than a handshake.
Her amusement didn’t stick.
DEI In Staffing: 6 Tips for A More Inclusive Staffing Firm

Human Resources Today | Essium | Ben Olson March 23, 2022

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) have become a critical part of ensuring the success of a company. For staffing firms, it has become a key component of the recruiting process. Making sure your hiring and onboarding process, supports your DEI initiatives is crucial to the success of your staffing firm and your clients. Make sure you are finding the right people for your placements. Ensure there is no hiring bias is essential for your success.
It’s Time to Take a Fresh Look at Your Company’s Values
 
Harvard Business Review | John Coleman March 28, 2022
 
 Every great culture needs a mission, a vision, and values. Its mission is the organization’s indelible purpose and reason for being. Its vision is its aspiration for itself. And its values (or virtues) are the way an organization commits to working — a statement of how a company does what it does and the principles it will consistently abide by. But these are never meant to be static. Just as the environment around a company changes, so must the company itself.
MARCH 21, 2022 

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Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace

Purpose
This guidance is designed to help employers protect workers who are unvaccinated (including people who are not fully vaccinated) or otherwise at-risk (as defined in the text box below), including if they are immunocompromised, and also implement new guidance involving workers who are fully vaccinated but located in areas of substantial or high community transmission.

CONFERENCE ON THE BRAIN...
CONFERECE IS NEXT WEEK!

STILL A FEW SEATS AVAILABLE IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY REGISTERED
IEC was here for you during the height of the pandemic with the virtual conference & IEC is here for you NOW in a safety first, in-person format!
We look forward to seeing you this spring!
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A WORD FROM OUR SPONSORS...
A special THANK YOU to all 2022 Conference Sponsors! Sponsor support is integral in continuing the growth, quality & integrity of the continuing education unique to this conference year after year. You are appreciated!
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

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STRONG MINDS | STRONG HEARTS
Proud to be a part of Polk City Community Foundation! The Foundation was able to write a couple of checks this month. 25K to Polk City Police Department & 25K to Polk City Fire Department for some much-needed equipment. Love our community! Nan
(H)EROES (R)ECOGNIZED
Do you know someone in your HR department (or company-wide) who deserves to be recognized for making a positive impact in your company from day to day??

Whether personal or professional, in a big or a small way, we all know those people who go above & beyond for the greater good.

We want to help these everyday (H)eroes be (R)ecognized! Send your nominations to us & one deserving person each month leading up to the current conference will be selected to receive a free conference registration + a $50 VISA gift card! We will announce the winner in the following month's newsletters.
FAMILY FORTUNE
New to Do in 2022

Whether you’re interested in family travel, weekend road trips or Iowa’s hidden gems, Iowa has endless options for you. Here’s some of what’s new in 2022.
THE YUM FACTOR
NOTES FROM NAN
SPRING IS ALMOST HERE...

By that, I mean the spring conference, of course! We are putting all the finishing touches in the program for next week. We couldn't be more excited for this year's conference.

It's not too late to join us but you will have to register by Tuesday. Hope to see you then!

Nan