HR News Beat: Warehouses Step Up Recruitment and Retention Strategies

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Every single company is on the lookout for the best talent.  Not only that, but they want to hold onto that talent as well.  The problem is it’s much more difficult now than it’s ever been.  Unemployment is low.  There are more jobs than there are people to fill those positions.  As a result, companies all over the world are changing their strategies to not only attract new talent but also retain that talent for the long haul.

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According to The Wall Street Journal, some companies that operate warehouses are trying to woo new workers with tech-like office amenities.  These include coffee bars, gyms and better lighting as well.  It’s hoped these new perks will keep workers happier on the job especially because those jobs can be demanding from a labor perspective.  To read more, click here.

Tesla Loses HR VP and Diversity Officer

In other HR-related news, Tesla has lost its vice president of human resources and head of diversity.  The company announced Felicia Mayo has left her post.  According to CNBC the company said:

“We’ll miss Felicia and would like to thank her for her hard work over the last two years and wish her all the best in the future. We have a talented HR team in place that will continue to report into our VP of People & Places and will remain focused on advancing our mission and making Tesla a great place to work.”

The news agency also reported Mayo is one of the few black women in an executive position in Silicon Valley.  The Kapor Center reports less than 0.5% of Silicon Valley tech leaders are held by black women. 

Mayo is just the latest Tesla executive to leave in the last year and the second HR official.  The first was former chief people officer Gaby Toledano.

Delay on Wellness Regulations

Turning to wellness regulations, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has extended its deadline on issuing new rules related to incentivizing participation in employer-sponsored voluntary wellness programs.  The rules exist under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).  The EEOC expects to release those by year’s end.  This is the second time the agency has extended their deadline.  Read more here.