COVID-19

Updates from NEOGOV

We know this is a concerning time, and we are doing our best to serve you.

Blog Post: 42 Ideas to Maintain and Improve Your Mental Health During Quarantine

May 21, 2020

In observance of Mental Health Awareness Month, our team compiled 42 ideas to help our customers and their employees find ways to combat loneliness or uneasiness and prioritize self-care during this trying time. Check out the list to get inspired for new projects or hobbies, as well as creative ways to stay connected to those you love.

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Report: The Impact of COVID-19 on Public Sector Job Seekers

May 13, 2020

To help public sector organizations understand why fewer applicants are responding to their open positions during the COVID-19 pandemic, we surveyed 7,000 job seekers about their job search. 92% of the job seekers stated the reason for slowing their job search was not finding new employment. So, why did they stop looking? Find out in our new report.

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Blog Post: Supporting Employees During Crisis: The Ultimate Test of an HR Leader

May 1, 2020

As Human Resources leaders, we know you have the formidable task of supporting employees, even when the future is uncertain. COVID-19 has highlighted this need for HR’s cooler heads to prevail like never before.

NEOGOV’s HR Manager Thomas Frisch, SHRM-CP has spent a decade supporting employees and leadership through good and bad times, and shares his thoughts in our latest blog post Supporting Employees During Crisis: The Ultimate Test of an HR Leader.

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Infographic: How Paper Processes Increase the Risk of Spreading Viruses Across Your Workforce

April 28, 2020

Offices still routing paper are taking a very grave risk in a world impacted by COVID-19. The Coronavirus lives on paper for up to 5 days, therefore using manual processes increases the risk of spreading the virus throughout the workplace (WebMD).

Our latest infographic demonstrates the risk associated with paper processes and the health benefit of switching to digital forms.

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Blog Post: Are Paper Processes Contributing to the Spread of Coronavirus in Your Office?

April 14, 2020

When recently surveyed about the impact of Coronavirus on HR, 89% of public sector respondents said that keeping employees healthy was their biggest concern. Given that 92% still have some portion of their employees working from the office, that means the majority of HR professionals are being forced to rethink how they conduct daily operations in their physical environments.

From decreasing face-to-face interaction, disinfecting surfaces, maintaining distancing, and providing employees with hand sanitizer, there’s no shortage of recommendations for reducing the spread from colleague to colleague. But how did we overlook the risk of continuing with paper-based processes? Keep reading to learn more.

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Blog Post: COVID-19 - The Role of HR in Creating a Safe Workplace for Those Still in the Office

April 9, 2020

While much of the conversation about COVID-19 has centered around transitioning to working from home, we realize some employees or entire teams may not be able to perform their critical job functions at home. If you are an HR professional in such a scenario, you know that your employees will be looking to you for information and to keep them safe.

Formerly the Director of HR for Cook County in Illinois and an officer of the greater Chicago Chapter of IPMA, HR expert Julius Rhodes shares advice in our latest Peer Perspectives blog on how to keep your employees informed, at ease, and productive in a safe, hygienic environment if they are continuing to work in the office or field.

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Research Insights: Public Sector HR Responses to COVID-19

April 8, 2020

The unexpected and far-reaching effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have tested the resilience of public sector and higher education organizations where critical services must continue even in the face of stay-at-home orders.

To help public sector HR professionals put their COVID-19 response plan into perspective, we've released a report based on the responses of HR professionals at 241 government agencies and higher ed institutions. To get a better understanding of the biggest challenges, shifting priorities and new approaches to operation during this difficult time, download our new RESEARCH INSIGHTS: PUBLIC SECTOR RESPONSES TO COVID-19 report.

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eBook: 6 Best Practices for Working from Home

April 2, 2020

We realize that the COVID-19 pandemic presents its own unique set of challenges to HR professionals in the public sector. To help address those concerns, we put together an eBook for you to pass along to your department heads and individual contributors with top tips for transitioning from working in an office to working from home.

This free guide should help your employees settle into a work from home routine where they are both productive and comfortable.

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New Online Community Forum Dedicated to COVID-19 Response

April 1, 2020

We have launched a new community forum dedicated to keeping you informed and connected with your public sector HR peers as COVID-19 continues to spread across our communities.

Several communities expressed to us the importance of sharing resources and best practices. In response, we opened up a new forum for public sector HR professionals from various communities to have an open discussion during this time. We hope you find it beneficial to participate in the online forum

How to Access: 
Login to the NEOGOV Community and navigate to ‘Forums’.

Free COVID-19 Courses

March 25, 2020

We want to make sure you are equipped to support your workforce in response to COVID-19. Access free courses to help your team understand the pandemic, get tips for working from home, learn about online FMLA, and more.

Watch the courses now or upload them into your learning management system.

  • COVID-19: A Pandemic Response
  • 8 Tips for Working From Home
  • Practicing Hand Hygiene
  • FMLA: Overview
  • FMLA: Eligible Employees
  • FMLA: Qualifying Reason

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On-Demand Webinar: COVID-19 Public Sector HR Roundtable

March 24, 2020

Thank you to our public sector panelists for sharing their experiences of responding to COVID-19 in the hard-hit areas of the country. Their insights and tips were invaluable in helping to prepare communities and workforces around the United States who have not yet felt the full impacts of the pandemic.

To better prepare yourself and your workforce to react to COVID-19, watch our on-demand webinar now.

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Webinar: COVID-19 Public Sector HR Roundtable

March 20, 2020

To support you and

leverage the power of the public sector community during this uncertain time, we have assembled a Community Roundtable in order to share best practices and lessons learned from HR professionals in the hardest-hit areas around the country. You'll hear from: 

  • King County, WA 
  • Nassau County, NY
  • Santa Clara County, CA
  • Squaxin Island Tribe, WA

These professionals will share their insights to help you better prepare yourself and your workplace for this pandemic. 

Join our Community Roundtable webinar on Tuesday, March 24th from 10:00am - 11:00am PST. 

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Customer Complimentary Access to Features of NEOGOV Products During COVID-19

March 18, 2020

Dear Valued Customers,

We hope you and your families are staying healthy and safe during this time.

To help our customers manage the impact of COVID-19, we are extending complimentary temporary access to limited features of products in our software platform.

We believe that features of eForms, Learn, Onboard, and GovernmentJobs.com offer the most potential for supporting the needs of public sector organizations during this challenging time. Our customers are currently using these products to support their needs in response to COVID-19, and we would like to extend limited access to all of our customers. 

To request access to eForms, Learn, Onboard, or GovernmentJobs.com at no-cost to help your organization during this pandemic, please fill out the following form.

As of May 5, 2020, this offer is no longer available. If you have questions, please contact your Account Manager.

EFORMS:

Customers are currently using eForms to create and electronically distribute COVID-19-related forms that employees can complete and submit online. Some of the forms that will be available to you include:

  • IT requests for issuing laptops, VPN remote log-in access, and more 
  • Telecommuting requests for exempt and non-exempt employees
  • Catastrophic leave requests
  • Forms for donating leave to another employee affected by COVID-19
  • Tips for working remotely
  • Or create your own COVID-19 form and an associated workflow

LEARN:

Our customers are using Learn to assign employees courses related to COVID-19. Some of the courses that will be available to you include:

  • COVID-19: A Pandemic Response
  • Practicing Hand Hygiene
  • Family Medical Leave Act
  • Emergency Communication in the Workplace
  • 8 Tips for Working from Home
  • Enhancing Productivity with Remote Workers
  • Or build your own COVID-19 training by uploading a PowerPoint deck

ONBOARD

To help manage the continued need to hire and onboard new hires during COVID-19, our customers are using Onboard to remotely assign and track tasks, schedule check-ins, and disseminate forms and important information to new hires and employees. Some of the processes that will be available to you include:

  • Updating I-9 processes to follow the process for remote employees
  • Creating a telecommuting agreement (or leveraging an already existing one from the global bank)
  • Assigning tasks to IT that help employees get the technology they need to work from home
  • Remotely onboarding new hires 

GOVERNMENTJOBS.COM:

With GovernmentJobs.com, we’re seeing an increase in job postings for positions associated with COVID-19 response, such as nursing, healthcare, and emergency services. For agencies that do not have a GovernmentJobs.com subscription, you can request free job postings in these categories.

If you would like to use any of these products and do not currently have the product as part of your annual license, please complete the following form:

As of May 5, 2020, this offer is no longer available. If you have questions, please contact your Account Manager.

A Message from the NEOGOV CEO, Shane Evangelist

March 16, 2020

Valued NEOGOV Customers,

In the past month, the world and our country have become deeply engaged in a very serious matter impacting our communities and families. On behalf of the NEOGOV team, we want to take a moment to thank you for the continued services and support you are providing to all the citizens you serve.

Internally we are closely monitoring CDC reports pertaining to COVID-19, and have put measures in place for the safety of our own staff, while continuing to offer full services to our customers. We want to assure you that nothing has changed in the way we serve you.

We encourage you to continue utilizing all resources NEOGOV has made available to you through the NEOGOV Community, Help Desk, Account Management Services, etc. As a reminder, please see below:

NEOGOV Community:

  • This is our online forum where you can get up-to-date notifications and discuss HR topics with your peers.

Customer Support (Help Desk):

  • (310) 469-0515 or Toll-Free (877) 204-4442

  • Open Monday through Friday 6:00am - 6:00pm PST

  • Log Ticket Online 

We are currently determining how best to support our customers and provide meaningful information to help your organizations build continuity plans relating to COVID-19. As we pinpoint the best ways to serve you during this time, we will be making additional products available at no cost to our customers. Look out for an invite later this week to a webinar where we will share details about this plan.

We are grateful to be in a position to work with you. Even more so, we're privileged to continue providing you resources as we maintain our goal in being your partner that “serves the people who serve the people.”

I hope everyone stays safe and healthy.

Best,

Shane Evangelist - CEO

FAQs

  1. What is NEOGOV’s Business Continuity Plan?

NEOGOV has designed standard business operation and responsiveness plans with the goal of maintaining service to our customers, while simultaneously addressing the health and safety of our staff across the organization. Although NEOGOV has informed employees to work from home, we are fortunate to have an agile workforce that can leverage critical resources and strategies that will allow us to maintain essential business processes and customer support without disruption to customer services.

  1. What is NEOGOV’s current Travel Policy?

NEOGOV is closely monitoring CDC and other government websites to stay informed about travel restrictions. Any business-related travel must be approved by NEOGOV’s CEO until further notice.

  1. Will my system services be impacted?

As stated above, at this time we do not expect any disruption to system availability due to the COVID-19 virus. NEOGOV remains committed to meeting service level agreements in place for our solutions. Our platforms were designed with resiliency in mind to allow for maximum availability at all times. Additionally, our business operations are supplemented with a workforce and management toolset that allows for remote application of service needs to our customers.

  1. How can I get updates on COVID-19 from NEOGOV?

NEOGOV will actively advise on any service updates and adjustments via our standard communication channels. If you have any questions or concerns regarding COVID-19, please reach out to existing Account Management or Account Service teams that you use for all routine business communications.