Tag Archives: June-2020

Post-Pandemic Strategies

New research indicates how companies are planning to adapt their recruitment and return-to-work policies post-COVID-19.

By Larry Basinait

To better understand how companies are managing their workforce in the wake of the worldwide pandemic, HRO Today is conducting a series of pulse surveys. The HRO Today Coronavirus Knowledge Portal addresses how businesses and HR leaders are handling the outbreak. Because the office environment will continue to be severely impacted going forward, this brief report examines how HR will function in the new normal.

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CEO’s Letter: Reopening

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By Elliot H. Clark

Harry Truman famously said the day after Franklin Roosevelt’s death, “When they told me yesterday what had happened, I felt like the moon, the stars, and all the planets had fallen on me.” I am reminded of this quote now, as the COVID-19 pandemic has thrust many HR executives into a new leadership role suddenly and in a way for which no one could prepare. In most companies, the day after the declaration of national emergency, the CHRO became the most critical executive on the CEO’s team.

Since then, HR has managed the global conversion to remote work for non-essential jobs, developed protocols for essential jobs, overseen massive reductions in force or furloughs, and helped counsel and grieve for lost employees or their families. I am sure many of you agree that celebrating New Year’s Eve and ringing in 2020 seems like a distant memory—something that happened a decade ago when the world was naïve of the waiting challenge that was already lurking unseen in the throngs of celebrators.

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HRO Today Association Update: We Are in This Together!

By Renée Preston

HR professionals around the globe are doing amazing things as they lead, inspire, and keep employees safe during these unprecedented times. Don’t go it alone: The HRO Today Association is here to keep the HR community stay connected and to provide virtual learning and professional development opportunities.

Our community of leaders works to keep you informed about the most critical topics in HR: What’s new, what’s next, and what you need to be thinking about right now. Members learn together, strengthen their networks, share best practices, and create new industry tools, discussing and defining standards and practices that make an impact. These networking opportunities, combined with our global database of research and resources, help us ensure that our members are well positioned for success and growth within the HR industry. Through the Association, members are armed with the tools they need to improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of their HR operations.

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Editor’s Note: What Matters Most

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By Debbie Bolla

“The crisis has taught us to focus on what matters the most,” Mai Lan Nguyen, senior vice president of HR for North America at Schneider Electric, recently told me during a discussion for our CHRO Q&A podcast series. For Nguyen and many others, what matters most to an organization is its people. With that in mind, Nguyen and her HR team created a plan to move Schneider Electric’s 15,000 North American employees to a safe work-from-home environment due to the coronavirus. When we spoke at the end of May, plans were already in place to reopen the workplace to a select group of individuals who are eligible to return.

“Many passionate people have been putting their brains into designing what would be our return to office,” says Nguyen. “We are adopting best approaches on how to bring employees back to the office in a matter that is really focused first and foremost on their health and safety. And it’s not just about returning to the office, but really making sure we imagine what’s the new future of the workplace, and how we are going to put both short-term measures to manage that, but also how we understand how we work in the new normal.”

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