Six HR leaders share solutions to the issues keeping HR up at night: the impact of COVID-19, workforce planning, business agility, and the skills gap.
By Marta Chmielowicz
2020 has been a whirlwind of a year and HR leaders have found themselves at the frontlines, leading the charge into a new and uncertain reality. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, shelter in place orders, and social unrest of the past months, HR leaders have maintained a sense of normalcy while adapting to the changing needs of their businesses and the workplace at large. Now, they must develop a plan to face the unknown obstacles that lie ahead.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Six best practices to consider before reopening.
By Andrew Rawson
Many organizations are now focusing on when and how to reopen, and what changes to make before employees return to the physical workplace. It’s a complicated process that involves many steps, from implementing health and safety guidelines to making employees feel as comfortable as possible navigating a changing work environment. While every organization is different, here are six things to consider when preparing employees for some of the adjustments they may expect in their day-to-day interactions and operations.
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