030: Everything Small Business HR Should Know About Unions (2022 Update!)

Since the pandemic, there has been a drastic shift in the number of union petitions - in March of this year, the NLRB union petitions increased to a staggering 57%.

While historically, unions have been essential in advocating worker safety and fair treatment, they can bring about significant complications, especially for small businesses.

So what can small business HR teams do about it?

In today's episode of 'While We Were Working,' Sommer and Joey discuss all you need to know about unions: the main reason companies unionize, how they affect small businesses, and some strategies you can adopt to avoid these situations.

Sommer and Joey also share their views on the importance of taking care of your team's mental health. Tune in to learn how to address your team's needs and train your employees on building deeper connections.

Key Takeaways 

  • Intro (00:00)
  • WWWW: Are labor unions beneficial for small businesses? (01:54)
  • Why many public companies are unionizing (05:24)
  • The main reason employees are leaving their jobs (09:51)
  • What small business HR can do about unions (16:29)
  • 'Consultant's Corner': Mental health in the workplace (17:44)
  • What companies can do to support their employees' mental health (19:40)
  • The best strategy to address mental health and wellness at work (24:46)


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