The consensus of how offices operate, how we work, and the role of remote working have all shifted enormously in the last few months.
The HR landscape has changed, with trends spoken of as gradual and incremental suddenly being thrust upon businesses as the reality of right now. HR professionals have had the unenviable position of being at the sharp end of this crisis.
The charge of implementing these radical changes and dealing with the fallout has been handed to HR departments. We talked about some of these changes in our recent webinar on the new “Hybrid” workforce: people working from home, people working half-home/half-office and then back in the socially distanced office full-time.
Each group presents unique challenges – keeping those full-time remote staff engaged, ensuring the split time people are correctly scheduled and maintaining all the proper protocols in-office. That’s just one for each, there are many, many more that we could delve into here. You can watch the full recording of our webinar here which goes into greater depth on this subject.
Less people, more work
All this adds up to an inordinate amount of extra work for your average HR department. What has compounded this burden of work is the unfortunate cuts to those same HR departments, leaving less people to do more work. In any period where revenues drop, non-revenue generating areas of the business are first to be hit. However, the role of HR has arguably never been more important.
Some of our clients are realising that existing HR teams need extra support during this time and are proactively finding budgets for HR project support to empower their HR teams. They are enabling their teams to get employees back into the office safely. This is all as well as dealing with backlogs of vital HR work that may have been deferred due to pandemic crisis response.
Continual engagement, continual improvement
The COVID pandemic has been a monumental hurdle for businesses to overcome. The combination of economic turmoil with a total disruption of working conditions has created a situation that nobody handled perfectly. However, it is reasonable to say that those who maintained their investment and engagement with the HR function throughout this period will be better off. This has all been a catalyst for rapid change, and it is unlikely the pace of that change will slow.
A continued focus on HR will be key in transitioning to this new reality. If you are in an existing HR team / Business Owner and are coping with an unprecedented workload, we have a large pool of outstanding HR professionals who are immediately available for work for short term projects as well as longer term / permanent positions.