For businesses across industries and around the globe, 2020 was defined by the need to do one thing above all: adapt. As we kick off 2021, HR must do more than simply adapt to survive. The key is to adopt an agile approach, one that offers sustained success across three business-critical areas—and continues to serve your business well beyond the next phase of pandemic-fueled uncertainty. The name of the game will be agility and the stakes are higher than ever before. Here are three strategies you can use to become a more agile HR function—and some reasons why it’s imperative you do.
At the start of the year, few people imagined they’d soon be working from home for the foreseeable future. Few leaders did, either. As such, when businesses around the world were faced with the prospect of transitioning to a remote work model in a matter of days, not months, some found themselves scrambling to ensure that important documents, information, and tools kept in filing cabinets and on on-premise computers wouldn’t be out of reach. Others managed a more seamless transition. They’d already transitioned to the cloud.
HR Case Management software can transform the HR function, reducing the amount of time your team spends fielding routine questions and making it easier for employees to access the answers and support they need. But since any new technology requires an investment of both time and money, it’s essential to frame your request effectively to secure buy-in from your leadership team. The strongest business cases are built around tangible business outcomes, such as an increase in your department’s productivity or a boost to employee job satisfaction. It can also help to paint a before-and-after picture of adoption, built around scenarios that your leaders can immediately grasp. To increase the chances that your project will be approved and funded, here are four compelling HR case management software use cases to consider weaving into your pitch.
A recent article in Human Resource Executive Magazine posed the question “Is a hybrid workforce the wave of the future?”. A hybrid workforce is being defined as one where there’s a significant number of both onsite employees and remote employees. It might not be a balanced 50/50 but more of a situation where the percentages justify the need to consider each workforce group’s needs separately.
As more organizations think about reopening, increasing production, and bringing employees back to the workplace, they’re beginning to debrief on what’s taken place over the past few months and how they can be more prepared for incidents in the future. If your organization hasn’t done this yet, consider asking just a couple of questions: What went well? It’s important to ask this question first because sometimes we’re so focused on what went badly that we forget to take time to recognize the things that went well. Even if the organization was completely unprepared, chances are there were some things that went well. Be sure to discuss and celebrate them. What would you do differently next time? Please note: I’m not saying anything went “wrong.” It could simply be that if faced with a similar situation, the organization would have made a different decision. Or that the organization would have made the same decision but executed it differently.
Recently, Twitter announced that its employees will be allowed to work from home for as long as they choose—not just until the lockdown restrictions lift. It isn’t the only company considering making its temporary work-from-home policy a more permanent fixture. Many that were once hesitant to offer remote work options for fear of dips in productivity and collaboration have seen firsthand that their workforces can thrive remotely. And after making the necessary investments to enable remote work at short notice, much of the infrastructure is already in place to extend this option for at least some employees in the long run.
As more states relax sheltering-in-place restrictions and permit organizations to reopen their doors to the public, HR departments will be busy coordinating those efforts. The list of things to do can seem daunting. Over the years, I learned that one of the best ways to tackle a big task like this one is to organize activities into smaller sections, so the effort is more manageable. So, in thinking about everything that needs to be done when bringing employees back to the office, here’s a list divided into three sections: before, during, and after.