As the Covid 19 pandemic’s effects continue to be felt globally, it is almost certain that companies and industries’ management will be forever changed. Human Resources (HR) leaders are rethinking workforce management approaches in preparation for the years ahead. New challenges have emerged in human resource management that will continue to drive HR approaches into the not so distant future.
How HR incorporates technology into the employee experience using cutting-edge tools will provide the framework for workplace connections that extend beyond the boundaries of a physical entity. Employee engagement will be critical to keeping a business thriving in this new unchartered terrain, making these top trends in HR crucial to successfully navigating the future of business and industry.
Virtual HR Reality
As HR departments navigate the new challenges of hiring new employees and supporting current employees during the current health crisis, the reality of virtually connecting has become apparent. Social distancing guidelines and health mandates continue to govern how business is conducted, leaving HR managers to develop new ways of engaging with employees.
Hiring & Onboarding
Remote hiring is not necessarily a new concept or practice within the HR world; however, the onboarding of recruits presents unique challenges for managers. HR virtually assesses and interviews a candidate’s skills, screens potential candidates for remote work suitability, and remotely implements a training process.
These challenges continued to be met by using innovative technology that incorporates all aspects of the onboarding processes for HR departments. However, the expense and implementation of these software programs and high tech systems are not without a cost both financially and in hours of training staff on the new platforms.
However, the role of an HR department is two-fold, extending beyond the hiring process. HR is, at its core, a supportive department for an organizations employees. As business and industry continue to adapt to the changes and challenges of the present and future, employees will increasingly need more interaction with HR.
Employees will continue to face unpredictable circumstances as information is updated on a near-daily basis. Topics of health and safety and job security will be discussed at length as companies adapt to new business ways. Moving forward, HR will increase focus on digital communications and virtual systems to keep employees informed on up to the minute information remotely. For frontline industries, this real-time information is critical to keeping employees safe and industries running.
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