The World’s Largest Four-Day Workweek Trial Is Going Well, But Don’t Jump for Joy Just Yet
HR Brew | Sam Blum | September 27, 2022

This HR leader says there are many pain points to be aware of when implementing a four-day workweek. The world’s largest four-day workweek experiment reached a milestone last month: the halfway point in its six-month trial. And participants are singing its praises. Some 86% of the 70 participating UK companies said they are “extremely likely” or “likely” to continue with a 32-hour week after the trial’s conclusion, according to a survey conducted by 4 Day Week Global, the organization running the pilot program.
Friday Water Cooler: Recruiters, Would You Like Your Resumés Frosted?
HR Brew | Adam DeRose | September 29, 2022
The internet is debating job-search stunts after a woman sent Nike her resumé on a sheet cake. Elle Woods’s pink and scented resumé may have been the most over-the-top to have crossed Professor Callahan’s desk, but she wasn’t the first, or the last, to go out of her way to impress a hiring manager.
Just last week, job-seeker Karly Pavlinac Blackburn showed a cake she’d sent to a Nike company party in a now-viral LinkedIn post. On top of layers of what we’re hoping were vanilla sponge and buttercream was an edible picture of her resumé.
"I’ve attended this conference for 16 years. It is a great way through a variety of topics so you can stay current on laws, trends & creative approaches to challenges you may face. Most important to me are the relationships built over those years. I have met wonderful people & have resources that I can call on. I think this is invaluable. There are many ways we can keep ourselves updated on HR related laws & topics, but I truly believe this conference is one of the best ways to accomplish that. If you haven’t – check it out!"

Spring 2022 IA Employment Conference Attendee Brian Coy
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Steps to Improve Your Self-Confidence at Work (And in Life)
IEC Sponsor EFR Employee & Family Resources | October 1, 2022

You know a confident person when you see them. They radiate self-assuredness, secure in who they are and what they bring to the table. Their unwavering sense of self-belief convinces themselves and others that they are capable of achieving what they set out to do. Self-confidence is a powerful skill, enabling you to trust your judgment and abilities while anchoring you securely within your identity. Confident people value themselves, knowing their imperfections and others’ opinions don’t define their self-worth. 
"Great information from Daniel Zinnel on Power, Privilege, Leadership and Moore. Thank you for such an insightful presentation – great takeaways!" 

Spring 2022 IA Employment Conference Attendee Shelby Hagan
Human Resource Planning Strategies in Project Management
HR Today | HPPY | September 22, 2022

If you engage in project management, you can occasionally employ your own team members and work on a number of project manager deliverables. Creating a human resource plan is one approach to keeping track of your staff and their varied tasks.
You can develop your own strategies for your projects if you comprehend what a human resource plan in project management entails and what you might put in one. In this post, we’ll go over what a human resource plan is in project management and how to create one.
10 Key Factors to Effective Employee Reviews
HR Today | ClearCompany Recruiting | September 22, 2022

Unfortunately, performance review fails are all too common: research shows that managers and employees alike find performance appraisals to be “time-consuming, demotivating, inaccurate, biased, and unfair.” Did you know that only one in five employees are motivated to do great work by current performance management methods? Not to mention, 85% of employees would consider quitting if they felt they received an unfair performance review. But don’t get discouraged if you think your employees may be feeling the same way.
"I had an amazing time speaking and engaging with the professionals at the Iowa Employment Conference. So many great speakers, topics and points of discussion over two days."

Spring 2022 IA Employment Conference Speaker Bill Dean
5 Common Onboarding Mistakes to Avoid
HR Today | Essium | Tamila McDonald September 27, 2022
In many cases, a company’s onboarding process is the first chance an organization has to make a formal first impression as a workplace. If it doesn’t go smoothly, it doesn’t just harm a new hire’s chances of succeeding; it can cause them to immediately start seeking out opportunities elsewhere.
Ultimately, that’s why avoiding onboarding mistakes is critical. If you want to make sure you’re able to effectively convert new hires into happy, thriving employees, here are five common onboarding mistakes to avoid.
3 Types of Meetings — and How to Do Each One Well
Harvard Business Review | Amy Bonsall September 29, 2022

Meetings are broken. Something happened when work moved online in 2020, and opening up the office hasn’t fixed it. Every interaction with colleagues became a video call, and our days became a game of transactional Tetris: Where can I slot in this or that meeting? Now, with policies directing which days of the week to be where, the Tetris has gotten more complex.
In my work helping distributed and hybrid organizations flourish, I see employees commuting only to spend time in near-empty offices or on calls.
How Companies Should Set — and Report — DEI Goals
Harvard Business Review | Alexandra Kalev and Frank Dobbin | September 29, 2022
Can setting workforce diversity goals and posting progress reports help companies move the needle on diversity? This approach has spread like wildfire in the last two years. It’s too soon to tell whether the new fad is working, so we turned to past experience of firms that set goals and posted progress as early as the 1970s. That experience suggests that when done right, goals and regular progress reports can boost diversity even among management jobs.
Inflation, Great Resignation but No Raises? Time To ‘Leverage Data’
HR Executive | Kathryn Mayer | September 29, 2022

More than one-third of employees report they haven’t received a pay increase in the past year, according to a survey of 1,000 employees by HR software firm BambooHR. The data also reveals some stark differences among genders. Fewer women (62%) are receiving raises than their male counterparts (66%), and those women who are getting salary increases are getting smaller raises than their male colleagues, 5.24% increases for women compared to 6.39% for men. 
When Disaster Hits, What Is HR’s Role in Avoiding ‘Confusion and Chaos’?
HR Executive | Tom Starner | September 29, 2022
In the wake of Hurricane Ian’s assault on the state of Florida, HR leaders nationwide are reminded that the function must play a leading role in helping employers be as ready as possible when disaster strikes. And with climate change expected to usher in increasingly severe weather events in the coming years, now is the time to get ready.
“No matter the size of your business or what industry you’re in, you need effective disaster preparedness plans,” says Amy Bakay, CEO at HRNola, an HR consulting firm based in New Orleans.
ACA Employer Shared Responsibility Payments Adjusted for 2023
IEC Sponsor APA | Jyme Mariani, Esq. | September 16, 2022
The IRS has updated the employer shared responsibility (ESR) payment amounts for 2023 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) [IRS, Questions and Answers on Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions Under the Affordable Care Act, 8-16-22]. The ESR payment amounts were set at $2,000 and $3,000 under the law but are adjusted annually for inflation.
"My first in-person presentation in a loooong time. Thanks to the Iowa Employment Conference for packing the room and letting me speak about Leveraging Problems into Possibilities."
Spring 2022 IA Employment Conference Speaker Dave Dubczak
Embracing The Workforce’s New Power-Trust Dynamics
Forbes | Ekta Vyas, Ph.D | August 24, 2022
In 2021, organizations started recalibrating after massive, unexpected shifts in the ways their teams worked and in how they conducted business. While many prescriptive approaches exist for how to manage planned and unplanned changes, a considerable change management challenge this time is the emergence of a new employer value proposition needed to re-establish, nurture and sustain successful employer-employee relationships.
Report: 9 In 10 Companies Will Require Return to Office By 2023
HR Dive | Kathryn Moody | September 30, 2022

Ninety percent of companies said they will require employees to return to the office at least part of the week in 2023, according to a Sept. 26 report from Resume Builder. A fifth said they will fire workers who do not return. For companies currently functioning under a hybrid work policy, 77% said that policy will change in the next year. While fewer than one-fifth said they will require employees to be full time in the office...
The Key to A Successful Post-Pandemic Workplace Might Be Coaching
HR Dive | Laurel Kalser | September 30, 2022

Coaching is seen as a key strategy for addressing the cultural changes brought on by pandemic-prompted shifts to hybrid and flexible work, according to oachHub’s survey on global business trends for 2023. Using coaching to reskill various levels of leadership (from first-time leaders to executives) is imperative to meet these changes, respondents said. Most (87%) already use some kind of coaching, although it’s been used mainly for mid- and senior-level managers.

These are the most frequently requested U.S. Department of Labor forms. You can complete some forms online, while you can download and print all others.

This section provides information for employers and other participants about the verification process, including detailed instructions on handling an employee’s Tentative Nonconfirmation and other related topics.

For the latest about E-Verify, check out What's New.

If you are not already enrolled in E-Verify, explore the program and what it can do for your business, then learn how to enroll.
"WOW! That is all I can say. This keynote speaker at the Iowa Employment Conference was quite honestly, life changing! Beth Shelton made me cry, made me laugh and all the feels. Her keynote was real and raw. Two take aways 1. The things that make your employees and coworkers are carrying with them every day. 2. Create a life that you don’t want to escape from. #empoweringwomen"
Spring 2022 IA Employment Conference Attendee Chrissi Wiersma
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Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace

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.

"Fun this morning presenting my “Keeping Your Head Above Water” wellness breakout session at the Iowa Employment Conference."  
Spring 2022 IA Employment Conference Speaker Sally Shaver DuBois
"Hip Hip Hooray for training!! We got to attend the Iowa Employment Conference again this year, and it was AMAZING, as always. Even better to be back in person for these great sessions and an absolutely phenomenal, moving, and inspiring keynote from Beth Shelton!"

Spring 2022 IA Employment Conference Attendee Sara Blair
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"I really enjoyed the conference! I found the information conveyed by the presenters to be insightful, useful and enjoyable. I look forward to attending the next event." 

Spring 2022 IA Employment Conference Attendee Dawn Bowman
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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.
The peak season for Iowa's fall colors is about to begin. Here's where to see the best autumn leaves!
Des Moines Register | Philip Joens

Most trees around central Iowa still have leaves that look as green as emeralds. But as autumn starts, temperatures will gradually cool down, giving way to festivals that celebrate pumpkin carving, hot apple cider and the reds, yellows, oranges, browns and purples of leaves changing colors. Here's what to know and where to find when leaves will change colors in Iowa. READ MORE

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35 Spooktacular Halloween Food Ideas and Recipes to Try
 The Good Housekeeping UK Cookery Team | October 2022

A Halloween party is great excuse to gather your friends and round up any little ones for a feast (in fancy dress, of course!). These are our most popular recipes for the 31st October...

If you're planning a Halloween party or simply fancy whipping up a spooktacular feast of seasonal dishes to enjoy with the family on the 31st October, then you've come to the right place because we have rounded up all of the best Halloween food ideas to try this year.


Erin Barfels was a well-respected HR professional in the Des Moines area that many not only looked to as a colleague/peer, but as a friend. We, at the Iowa Employment Conference, had the honor of having Erin speak at our conferences, so it was important that we took a moment to remember her.

On September 4, 2022, Erin Barfels, 49, finished her 12-year race with cancer crossing the finish line to join her mother and sister in heaven.

I had the privilege of meeting Erin more than 20 years ago while working with her sister, Dana. Likely, if you knew Dana, you would have known Erin as they were the best of friends. Both were wonderful individuals – smart, confident, and genuinely nice people that cared deeply about their families, friends and just about anyone around them. Dana was strong and kind. A great friend and wonderful mother. Erin had a beautiful soul with a huge, caring heart who made an impact on many lives. 

Unfortunately, these two amazing individuals lost their fierce battle with cancer 12 years apart. I am forever grateful to have known them and lucky enough to call them friends.

Our hearts break for their families, friends, and colleagues. Our thoughts and prayers are with them now. Their contribution to this world is immeasurable.

Nan and the entire village of the Iowa Employment Conference