The world of HR has seen nothing like it. The Covid-19 pandemic has presented challenges and pressures of a totally new kind. Yet the sector has responded with resilience, imagination and innovation … as it surely must. For some firms, the big issue has been how to manage HR issues with the workforce working remotely.
Managing employees can be challenging at the best of times. But with the prospect looming of managing hybrid employee structures – some office-bound, some remote working – the task can seem ever-more daunting. Sure – there are huge potential benefits to fostering a team that works when and where they feel most creative and safe.
Good leaders take communication seriously. They appreciate that good communication skills are not only among the most critical of soft skills. They are vital for promoting productive relations with team members and for effective negotiating.
The Covid-19 pandemic has caused business owners to look afresh at numerous traditional practices … and recruitment is no exception. Pre-pandemic, the talent landscape was already evolving, but the disruptions of the last 14 months have accelerated this evolution.
The more collaborative we are in our approach to work, the more productive we are. This statement isn’t the product of idle speculation. Research by the Academy of Management has shown this to be true.
Imagine you’re a 32-year-old midlevel manager - and you’re struggling at work. But nobody would know. You are a star member of the team. Time and again, you hit your targets. You put in decent hours and get on well with everyone at work. The senior managers see you as a ‘high potential’.
Here at the start of 2021, the dark days are very much with us. But - lockdowns, social distancing and face masks won’t last forever. That’s the good news. With the advent of long-awaited vaccinations, the light at the end of the long, dark pandemic tunnel is glowing ever larger and ever brighter.
2020 may be a year you’ll wish to forget – and you don’t need me to explain the reasons. But just hold on a minute! Maybe it’s up to us to make 2020 a year to remember … for the sake of our businesses and our people.
Is it ethical to check if your workers are shirkers?
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the most radical social and workplace disruption that many of us are likely to face - ever.