Six HR leaders share how they are managing through a global crisis.
By Debbie Bolla
For organizations, employees, and the world at large, these are unprecedented times. As quickly as the coronavirus (COVID-19) spread across the globe, HR leaders responded, ushering their organizations with the needed resources to ensure employee safety, health, wellness, and productivity. HRO Today spoke with six HR leaders on how they are managing through the global crisis that is COVID-19. Great insight here—stay safe and lead on!
How companies in the region are handling the pandemic.
By Michael Switow
Faced with the human and economic costs of a public health crisis, companies throughout Asia-Pacific have been quick to implement new measures and contingency plans for how to operate during a pandemic.
The spread of COVID-19, commonly referred to as the coronavirus, is an event that is increasingly becoming a public and workplace priority. Employers will be called on to take every possible action to protect workers while maintaining business operations. Here, you can find a roundup of up-to-date information on how businesses and HR leaders are handling the outbreak.
GENERAL INFORMATION FROM GOVERNMENT BODIES
- Global information and guidance on COVID-19 (World Health Organization)
- Coronavirus response in Europe (European Commission)
- Coronavirus response in the U.S. (CDC)
- Worldwide situation update (ECDC)
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- Workforce Management
- Employee Engagement
- Risk and Compliance
- Employee Screening
Evaluating the Role of Recruiters
Amidst the uncertainty of what lies ahead for the job landscape as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to remember that our workforce will recover, and when it does, recruiters need to make sure they have kept their candidate relationships intact.
HR leaders need to keep an eye on these six regulatory issues.
By Mike Trabold
With the flip of the calendar to a new year, one thing on the mind of many HR professionals is the ever-changing regulatory landscape. According to the 2019 Paychex Pulse of HR Survey, 35 percent of HR leaders cite keeping up with regulations among their top challenges.
How HR leaders manage during a time of uncertainty.
By Michael Switow
Petrol bombs, flight cancellations, road blockades, train suspensions, tear gas, and water cannons. Millions of Hong Kong residents have taken to the streets to protest peacefully, but violent images from the city’s “season of discontent” have unnerved the public and shaken business confidence.
Understanding policy is only one part of an effective harassment training program.
By Andrew Rawson
Since the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, one of the main challenges for HR leaders is how to implement an effective sexual harassment training program. Today’s programs need to be relevant to a diverse workforce, up to date with evolving laws, and part of the organization’s strategy to improve workplace culture.
International employment laws and regulations vary widely—even among the countries within the EMEA region.
By Simon Kent
Whilst companies may wish to view their businesses as covering a unified EMEA region, employment law means that such unity can only ever be superficial. Even without the complexities of Brexit, deploying a consistent set of employment policies can seem impossible. “Some inward investors might consider Europe to be a single territory for business purposes,” says Helga Breen, head of the employment practice in London at global legal business DWF. “The reality is that each country has its own legal and regulatory framework and societal and cultural norms.”
Safeguarding employee privacy is a key concern in today’s digital economy.
By Marta Chmielowicz
With the digital economy in full swing, HR leaders are embracing technologies that capture employee data and deliver insights that can be interpreted to better attract, retain, and grow talent. But the flood of numbers pouring in from talent management platforms across the organization carries risk as well as reward.
Workplace violence is on the rise, but a safety policy that addresses security, culture, and management can help mitigate the risk.
By Marta Chmielowicz
For Jill Geimer and many other HR executives, February 15, 2019 is a day that will be hard to forget. According to reports from The Washington Post, after being terminated from his position at Henry Pratt manufacturing company in Aurora, Ill., employee Gary Martin opened fire, killing five people and wounding six others. This hit particularly close to home for Geimer, whose company, Ecentria Group, houses a large inventory warehouse in the region.
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