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Emphasising Employer Brand

By communicating and acting on company values during times of crisis and uncertainty, organisations will bolster their reputation among employees and candidates.

By Michael Switow

At a time when hiring and recruitment have slowed for many companies, Asia-Pacific businesses are redeploying staff and resources to the community.

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Take A Stand

Are you doing enough to tackle racial inequality in your workplace?

In recent weeks, protestors took to the streets in response to the murder of George Floyd at a scale not seen since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. As the U.S. grappled with rage, grief, and massive civic unrest amplified by the effects of a global pandemic, one organization after another responded with statements condemning racial injustice and police brutality.

The results of a Clutch survey show that 76 percent of U.S. workers think racism and discrimination is a problem at U.S. workplaces, and 64 percent of African Americans experience it in their own workplace. Further, 55 percent of employees think their company should address the death of George Floyd and the resulting protests, and 29 percent think their company could do more.

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Metrics That Matter

Five talent acquisition metrics will be critical to developing an effective hiring strategy post-COVID-19.

By Debbie Bolla

The global health crisis has caused organizations to shift many of their business approaches very quickly. One critical function that has been highly impacted by COVID-19 is hiring. From furloughs and hiring freezes to ramping up forces of essential workers, talent acquisition (TA) and HR teams have had to respond efficiently and effectively in a challenging landscape. And it’s time to pivot once again as workplaces reopen and leaders enter a new phase: recovery.

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Post-COVID-19 Lessons

From opening the doors to remote talent to introducing new technology, the coronavirus crisis will have a major impact on talent acquisition practices.

By Debbie Bolla

The numbers don’t lie: The COVID-19 health crisis caused dramatic shifts in hiring practices. Anne Bucher, senior vice president of global customer experience at Cielo, the world’s leading strategic recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) partner, shares how some organizations had to pivot:

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Tech At Its Best

Whilst digital technologies are greatly enabling recruitment in a time of pandemic, onboarding is also a critical piece of the puzzle.

By Simon Kent

It has been a long time since the recruitment process was done entirely in person. The emergence and abundance of online tools, from job sites to video interviews, means it is possible to get a clear understanding of a candidate’s potential and their successful employment without being in the same room as that individual. In the age of the pandemic, this ability is not only nice to have—it’s a must-have. In fact, a recent Gartner poll found that 86 per cent of organisations are incorporating new virtual technology to interview candidates.

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The Power of Recognition

Employee recognition can help maintain positive company culture during a crisis.

By Debbie Bolla

Recognition has always been a valuable tool to engage and retain employees, but it is really showing its strength during the global pandemic. The crisis has forced organizations to think and act quickly, impacting the experience of employees in a variety of ways. To ensure workforce wellness and safety, many employees had to shift to working from home. And now, as the world begins to heal and employees return to work, organizations will have to enlist another wave of changes.

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Culture Continuity™ During Crisis

Organizations that connect business decisions with company culture are on target for higher levels of engagement, loyalty, and productivity.

By Debbie Bolla

During times of uncertainty, a strong company culture aligned to core organizational values is paramount in maintaining business fluidity and high levels of employee engagement. For some organizations, the recent COVID-19 global pandemic has been a testament to that.

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Clearing After the Storm

COVID-19

HR leaders reflect on the lessons learned during the height of COVID-19 and share three ways the world of work has been permanently impacted.

By Marta Chmielowicz

Over the course of a few weeks, the coronavirus pandemic turned the world upside down. Schools and businesses shuttered as strict social distancing guidelines fell into place. Travel and morning commutes became a thing of the past. Eighty-eight percent of employees turned to their laptops to continue working in newly remote jobs, according to a Gartner survey. And the Department of Labor reported that over 20.5 million workers lost their jobs in April alone as companies floundered, sending the unemployment rate to a devastating 14.7 percent.

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Hitting On All Cylinders

Our 2020 TekTonic Awards recognize some of the best HR tech platforms that empower both HR and the workforce alike.

By Marta Chmielowicz

As the business world continues to adjust to changes ushered in by globalization, generational shifts, and, most recently, the coronavirus pandemic, HR leaders everywhere are left pondering what the future holds for their organizations. One thing’s for certain: Embracing emerging technology to empower the workforce is more important now than ever. From remote learning platforms to mobile talent management apps, organizations that want to stay afloat in the new normal will need to invest in the tools that make work easier and more convenient for their workforce. HRO Today’s annual TekTonic Awards highlight some of these groundbreaking technologies.

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Appreciating More Than Achievements

Recognition is a key element of a post-COVID-19 employee engagement strategy.

By Marta Chmielowicz

With a dispersed workforce that operates at government facilities across the U.S., IT company T-Rex Solutions LLC already had the building blocks in place to manage remote workers before the advent of the coronavirus pandemic. But the crisis is putting massive strain on even the most prepared organizations. In fact, mental health provider Ginger reports that 69 percent of workers say this has been the most stressful time of their entire professional career, and 88 percent have experienced moderate to extreme stress over the past four to six weeks. For 62 percent, productivity has suffered as a result.

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