The Coronavirus has ushered in a new age of how business is done and companies have had to adapt quickly and without warning to a multitude of shifts in the market. The human resources industry has been particularly impacted by COVID-19 and continues to face unprecedented challenges that require more flexibility than ever before.
Here are some ways that the Coronavirus has changed HR now and for the foreseeable future, and how your company can continue to push towards success.
HR departments are generally responsible for the development of company policies and employee handbooks. The spread of COVID-19 means that companies will need to update policies and create new ones to reflect the changing needs of today’s workers.
The Coronavirus has brought company sick leave policies into the spotlight and many businesses are updating old policies that don’t afford sick employees to take the time off that they need should they become ill. Job seekers will look closely at a company’s sick policies and PTO benefits before accepting a position.
Companies will need to decide what social distancing policies they want to implement and what that will look like in the workplace. This includes social distancing in offices as well as when working face-to-face with consumers.
HR departments will be responsible for helping the team understand new policies and how to adhere to them, as well as disciplining non-compliant employees.
A significant component of an HR employee’s job is to place ads, interview, and hire for open positions within the company. Although many companies have had to lay off or furlough employees instead of hire, the need for additional help in some industries has only increased.
HR teams are employing remote interview and onboarding tools to select and hire candidates instead of meeting with people face to face. Don’t be surprised when this trend continues even after the concerns surrounding COVID-19 begin to wane -- remote interviewing and onboarding help streamline the hiring process, reducing the time invested to achieve the same results.
Companies can’t engage in employee training in the same ways they did before the Coronavirus. The risk to employee health and business continuity is at stake. As a result, remote training is becoming preferable to hands-on instruction, and the popularity of training webinars in the HR sector is on the rise.
Many skills necessary for HR employees to understand can be taught via webinar, either live with others in attendance or recorded for watching when it’s most convenient. This allows HR departments to conduct employee training and monitor their progress remotely, which has the additional benefit of reducing overhead costs and increasing employee productivity.
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