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.

Not only that, but even in the midst of a lockdown, the speed of business, the rate of change, and the sheer volume of work HR must do has not let up. Indeed, in many cases, the demands on the function are increasing, as it is on the frontline of ensuring employees have the tools they need to do the jobs required, wherever they may be. Whether working for a dormant business or for an essential service, the demand for information, support, advice, or even a shoulder to cry on will continue. Having created the ability to work in this dispersed way, HR will continue to ensure that employees and businesses adapt further as lockdown is eased and companies face (yet another) new normal.

Making this even more challenging is the fact that different countries and regions are coming out of lockdown at different rates, with different practices and compliance demands. HR has always recognised that “one size doesn’t fit all,” and this is a world where that is a crucial mantra to follow.

HRO Today EMEA will continue to support and inform you through this process, and we are always keen to hear from you to understand how you are dealing with these times and to share your challenges and positivity.

Take great care. Stay safe and stay in touch.

Posted June 19, 2020 in Uncategorized

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