EMEA Summer 2020

Covering All Bases

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…

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.

Editor’s Note: HR On the Frontlines

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.