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HR and Ergonomics, America’s Workforce, Free Background Checks

In today’s Weekend Roundup, the Society of Human Resource Management addresses why human resource teams should focus on ergonomics, while employees are still working from home. America’s workforce is still hesitant to return to old jobs. And free background checks may not be beneficial for employers as the information they provide can be outdated, inaccurate, and most importantly not compliant. Click the headlines below to learn more.

Why HR Should Focus on Ergonomics

Many HR teams recognize the mental and physical toll that working from home has taken on employees. Stress, anxiety, lack of sleep and now a raft of physical ailments from poor ergonomics have led to exploding health care costs for some. Those physical problems are expected to escalate this year, especially for remote workers, according to a new forecast from digital integrative care company Goodpath, which estimates that 2021 employer-paid musculoskeletal (MSK) treatment spending will be about 40 percent greater than in 2019. That represents an average of $5,687 spent per employee with MSK conditions this year, up from $4,272 spent in 2019.

Changed By Pandemic, Many Workers Won’t Return to Old Jobs

There’s a wild card in the push to return to pre-pandemic life: Many workers don’t want to go back to the jobs they once had. Layoffs and lockdowns, combined with enhanced unemployment benefits and stimulus checks, gave many Americans the time and the financial cushion to rethink their careers. Their former employers are hiring again—and some, like Uber and McDonald’s, are offering higher pay—but workers remain hesitant.

Why Your Business Should Avoid ‘Free’ Background Checks

Free background checks might not be all that they seem by initial, outward appearances. Background checks help ensure that you are reviewing the full picture of a candidate when making your hiring decisions. When utilizing free background check services, it is important to exercise caution and carefully assess whether the data you have received about a candidate is accurate, reliable, and comprehensive.

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