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How HR Has Changed in the Last 20 Days

Businesses are trying to cover a multitude of issues facing them, from managing an unwell workforce and resource management, to legislative leave changes being enforced, to creating furlough strategies, and keeping staff motivated and productive during a pandemic. 

 In short, HRs are being asked to change their mindset and models and think on their feet more in the last 20 days than they have in the last 20 years. 

 But how must strategies and technology evolve to reflect this and support HR teams who have suddenly found themselves under immense pressure?There are at least four key areas in which HR is having to manage huge change to strategically support businesses in crisis right now. This may have a long-term impact on HR policies for good and HR tech will need to adapt to support these changes.

1. Employees being sick all time high

The CIPD reports that in 2020, absenteeism days per employee, per year, stands at 5.8 days. Now, things have changed to businesses being faced with up to one fifth of their workforce off sick.

We need to have the necessary intelligence on all manner of categories as our working and home world evolves, and our health is under scrutiny now more than ever. 

2. New terminology and triggers

  As HR teams, we are used to managing data around holiday and sickness leave. But the new norms and terminology is changing. Already our customers are changing their technology platforms to gather data on ‘self-isolation’ versus ‘working from home’, ‘furlough’ and ‘COVID-19’ versus just ‘sick leave’.

 These categories for increasing intelligence and setting triggers to alert managers in the business will be crucial for understanding where workers are, if they are safe, and what resources are available to be productive.

3. Working from home becomes the new norm

With the coronavirus forcing the majority of companies to embrace remote working, HRs have had to react and adapt at a huge pace to ensure their management strategies are taking care of workers that are now at home rather than in the office.

The current crisis may even prompt businesses to see that flexible, remote working strategies are actually productive and cost-efficient. We may all embrace a new, online working world where our colleagues become Skype or Zoom faces only.

 This remote environment will force HR technology to work harder for employers – as intelligence on remote working employees will become more critical.

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Source: HRZone