With Covid-19 vaccines officially underway and the opening of small businesses and non-essential shops on the horizon, companies are relying on their HR leadership and teams more than ever to help navigate the next steps as some employees begin their transition back to the office.
As this post-pandemic world slowly becomes a reality, we’ve narrowed down the three main challenges HR will inevitably face after Covid.
1. Ensuring health and safety is a priority
As things go back to normal, implementing comprehensive health and safety plans will be vital to keeping employees feeling safe and supported at work.
This will be easier said than done, however, as new workplace policies and procedures will be running on a trial and error basis while government rules and restrictions continue to be updated and reviewed into the foreseeable future.
2. Maintaining an effective workforce
Over the past year, redundancies, restructuring and furlough have left organisations with a lack of skilled employees to keep businesses running smoothly.
To this end, HR teams will need to hone in on training and development to fill any glaring skills gaps to help get things back on track.
HR leadership may also shift their focus from education-based hiring to skills-based hiring to help decrease employee onboarding and training time when expanding their teams.
3. Boosting employee morale
Nearly two-thirds (65 per cent) of employers agree that employee morale has been difficult to maintain during the pandemic – and understandably so.
This poses perhaps the biggest challenge for HR teams, as they’ll need to concentrate on helping organisations increase employee morale to combat further decline.
Among other things, this means zeroing in on more effective communication, better access to resources, and encouraging workplace recognition.
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