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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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Emphasising Employer Brand

By communicating and acting on company values during times of crisis and uncertainty, organisations will bolster their reputation among employees and candidates.

By Michael Switow

At a time when hiring and recruitment have slowed for many companies, Asia-Pacific businesses are redeploying staff and resources to the community.

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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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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.

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COVID-19 and GDPR

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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Reopening the Doors

Three key priorities for HR managers when bringing employees back to the office post-COVID-19.

By Pamela Lacy

As many U.S. states begin to lift their stay-at-home or similar orders, businesses across the country are weighing their options, questioning when and how to reopen their doors safely for both customers and employees. There are a wide range of laws and regulations, as well as guidance from federal, state, and local governmental authorities, that should be top of mind for business owners and HR managers as they prepare to welcome employees back to the workplace.

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