Future of Work3 Ways in which HR might innovate in the ‘New Normal’ Workplace

Who would have imagined that in a single day, all family members would have to juggle simultaneous videoconferences? The kids with online school and mom and dad working remotely? A few years back this would have seemed like an episode of The Jetsons. Today this is the ‘new normal’, and it is still unclear whether or when will it all go back to the way things were. There’s still a lot of uncertainty around the...
Ines Chokron7 months ago2808 min

Who would have imagined that in a single day, all family members would have to juggle simultaneous videoconferences? The kids with online school and mom and dad working remotely? A few years back this would have seemed like an episode of The Jetsons.

Today this is the ‘new normal’, and it is still unclear whether or when will it all go back to the way things were.

There’s still a lot of uncertainty around the subject, but something that’s clear is that top organizations need to face the evolution of the workplace and innovate along with it. These are a few ways in which work has changed and what HR can do about it.

 

Remote Work has become Real

The COVID crisis pushed companies to continue operating remotely. Thousands of employees are currently working from home, and it seems it will become the “new normal” for many. This will come with many challenges, such as security and overall working structures. And HR will need to get creative to find solutions to meet these new demands

Ways for HR to innovate and step it up:
  • Generate a policy for remote employees, think outside the box and try to cover everything there is to cover (like wellness and engagement) – or just use the one Microsoft created for their team – it is a customizable version: http://www.aka.ms/WFHguide-Customer
  • Transform the HR team in “virtuality” experts – people who are able to accompany employees in these hard times, who understand technology, psychology, business and wellness.

 

Digital Is now Imperative

‘Digital’ was already a big buzzword, but it has now become a real deal, and HR should lead the way in this new digitization. From training to talent acquisition, HR must be prepared to work virtually.

Ways for HR to innovate and step it up:
  • Invest in GOOD online training – employees will need a serious reskill after this, and you’ll also increase your team’s engagement. Think also on your managers, who will need to learn how to become virtual leaders.
  • Transform your talent acquisition efforts so they become truly digital. From sourcing to onboarding, there are suppliers out there – like Catenon – with whom you may partner to give your talent acquisition process a facelift during these hard times. You’ll need to show the market that your company is totally ready for the “new normal”.

 

Real-Time Data Matters A LOT

In today’s Big Data world, data has become one of the most valuable assets in the market. But it is who knows how to clean, structure and use such data who truly thrive in the data-madness.

In the current situation, getting real-time data has become critical for business success. And that involves HR as well.

Ways for HR to innovate and step it up:
  • Include data in all of your processes, especially in those which are critical for the company’s future, such as talent acquisition.
    • Have solid KPIs
    • Implement technology which facilitates visibility throughout the steps
    • Offer transparency to everyone involved (candidates and internal clients)

Nobody knows for sure how will life change after this. The new normal of work is just starting, and everyone involved in a company will have to work together to facilitate the transformation. True business leaders are now being forced to see all the possibilities, to challenge their perceptions, and to lead this disruption of work.

But we truly believe that people in HR are having their moment, this is our opportunity to show how we lead in a crisis as we navigate the unprecedented journey in the coming weeks and months.

Catenon, the only recruitment firm who combines technology, data, people and global reach, is closer than ever to its clients, advising and accompanying all of them during these hard times. From assessment and training to talent acquisition, we are the most strategic partner to cross this ocean of uncertainty.

 

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Ines Chokron

Digital Marketing Intern at Catenon (www.catenon.com).

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