Workforce Management

Mastering the Mix

It’s critical to ensure team unity when managing a hybrid workforce.

By Dr. Penny Pullan

As many workplaces move into a hybrid model, with some employees in the office and others working remotely, it’s important to think carefully about how to get the most out of this new way of working.

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Equity from the Inside Out

Much progress has been made, but there is still much work to do.

By Marta Chmielowicz

The murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police in May sparked nationwide outrage, propelling protests and civil unrest at a level not seen since the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. This event, following on the heels of the coronavirus pandemic, brought the deep racial frictions and grievances in the U.S. to the forefront of the national consciousness.

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What Does the “New Normal” Look Like?

Business practices are bound to change in the post-COVID-19 world.

By Michael Switow

Do a Google search for “new normal” and more than 90 million results will turn up in a third of a second. By the time this article is published, that number is certain to be significantly more. It has been more than five months since China first reported the outbreak of the coronavirus in Wuhan, and business leaders continue to assess how life has changed, which changes are transitory, and how companies will adapt.

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Remote Control

Three organisations share their approaches to managing a virtual workforce.

By Michael Switow

“The way we hire, onboard, reward, learn and engage has to be reinvented,” says HP Regional Head of HR for Asia-Pacific and Japan, Sowjanya Reddy, a 30-year HR industry veteran with experience working in the U.S., India, and ASEAN.

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Editor’s Note: Same Same, But Different

By Michael Switow

As Singapore eases its “circuit breaker,” the term used here instead of “lockdown,” the ways of working for most employees in the nation since the beginning of the coronavirus have not changed. Project managers, administrators, marketers, and even C-suite leaders continue to carve out space on their dining room tables and couches for Zoom calls, team meetings, and sales pitches.

Only employees who require specialised equipment or who need to be in the office to “fulfil legal obligations” like finalising a contract are allowed to go to the workplace. The vast majority of white-collar professionals must continue working from home.

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Take A Stand

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

In recent months, 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.

But mere statements and donations are not a sufficient response to this historic moment; HR leaders need to lay out clear, specific, actionable plans to combat racism in the workplace. They need to confront their role in perpetuating discriminatory and inequitable systems, and pledge to do better. While organizations have long recognized the importance of diversity and worked to implement programs to make the workplace more inclusive, much work is left to be done. And now, the world is watching.

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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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