When experts speculated back in January what the biggest HR trends would be this year, few could have predicted how radically the face of work would change just a few months later. The coronavirus has altered the course of HR radically and, perhaps, permanently. There are few silver linings to the pandemic, but some of these changes may be for the better. Many employers are re-examining their relationships with employees through an increasingly empathetic lens. And many HR leaders are embracing the idea of building greater agility and flexibility into their policies and plans. As you start to think about what the future looks like for your HR team, here are a few HR trends that have been upended by COVID-19—and a few that have been accelerated.
Today’s consumer experiences allow audiences to deeply personalize what they consume and how they consume it. Subscribers can change their Netflix avatars and customize their Watch List in a click, thus informing future movie and show suggestions to fit their preferences. People can create cartoon versions of themselves, Memojis, on their iPhones to personalize messages.
As many businesses settle into a new normal, leaders’ focus is starting to shift away from immediate crisis control and toward putting sustainable processes in place for working through this period. Though leaders cannot (and should not) pretend that everything is normal, they still need to take steps to ensure their workforce remains productive and engaged. While there’s no playbook for this situation, it’s important to do what you can to keep employee morale high, maintain continuity for your customers, and, ultimately, protect your company’s future. Here are a few steps you can take to gently promote productivity and engagement right now.
Over the past five weeks, jobless claims have totaled more than 26 million and that number might grow. We simply don’t know. What we do know is that our employees didn’t create this situation. If organizations are planning to lay off staff, it should be done with respect. That means creating an offboarding experience that gives employees the information they need and dignity they deserve.
In the age of coronavirus, many business leaders and HR professionals are left wondering: How can I best support employees in a rapidly shifting work environment? What can I do to inspire clarity amidst uncertainty? How much information should I share to keep my workforce informed—without creating unnecessary anxiety?
During a time of crisis, whether it’s the current COVID-19 pandemic or a natural disaster, employees rely on HR and their leaders for trustworthy information. But in these types of situations, your typical process for disseminating news probably doesn’t cut it. There’s more pressure than usual to get information out fast and ensure the facts are right. Considering that, here are a few tips for making sure that employee communications run smoothly.
The past couple weeks have impacted different businesses in different ways. For those with roles that can be performed from home, many employees and their managers have been thrown into virtual work, with little to no time to prepare. Even if you’ve had some experience with virtual work, suddenly managing a full-time remote team under the current conditions presents a whole new challenge—and not everyone will adapt to virtual work with the same ease.