From wellness to management, HR leaders share how the COVID-19 pandemic will impact the world of work now and in the future.
By Simon Kent
As the global pandemic forced businesses into lockdown and new challenging ways of working, the pressure on HR to adapt, instruct, and cope has been immense. It is interesting to note that a recent poll by the CIPD of HR teams in the UK found that 63 per cent of HR respondents saw no change to the headcount of their teams, whilst an additional 2 per cent said they would actually be growing the function. This is just one indication of the ongoing role HR now has in making businesses work in the new normal.
Organisations should keep these considerations top of mind when processing employee personal data for COVID-19 detection and prevention purposes.
By David Dumont and Anna Pateraki
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, businesses are dealing with new, unprecedented, and rapidly changing operational and legal challenges. Over the past weeks, data protection authorities in the EU and the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) have issued guidance on the processing of personal data for COVID-19 detection and prevention purposes, including the processing of employees’ health data by private sector organisations.
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.
By Simon Kent
I want to start this issue of HRO Today EMEA by wishing every one of you the very best in health. I hope that you, your family, and friends are safe and well at this time. The spread and impact of COVID-19 has been swift and brutal, and it is important to take time out to invest in your own well-being as well as checking on the well-being of your nearest and dearest.
I say this within the context of a business world that has been turned upside down. Whilst remote and flexible working was never far from the agenda of companies and HR in particular, the idea of moving an entire company to operate in such a dispersed way practically overnight was never a consideration for anyone. And yet here we are.
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