By Simon Kent
HR could be forgiven for breathing a sigh of relief this year. Whilst it is by no means over, the immediacy and severity of the pandemic seems to be declining in many regions—and companies around the world are emerging, blinking in the light of economic upturn after months of lockdown and decline. And yet, for those in charge of employees across the business world, this is no time to rest on laurels.
The return to the office or on-site work might be welcomed by some as a return to normalcy, but it still brings great challenges. An ever-moving workforce can be more difficult to engage with. Keeping track of an employee’s location and ensuring they are working in a safe, secure, and compliant way adds additional complexity. In short, HR has another dimension of compliance to contend with: Where is the workforce and is it the best location they can work from?
In this issue of HRO Today EMEA, we look at some of the challenges the next steps are bringing to HR, as well as how HR is now dealing with identifying, planning for, and ushering in leadership talent for their organisations. With each of these, there are clear learning points to be taken from the experience of the past year as much as there are barriers due to ongoing challenges.
With the right approach and understanding, the lessons of the pandemic can be translated into the new work of world. Or perhaps more accurately, HR can assess and implement successful practices for a hybrid work model. Adapting and acting on these new learnings will be crucial to making a success of the next step forward.