The HR Manager's Role in the Post Covid-19 Period
Managing the physical and emotional well-being of employees is important for corporations post COVID-19. The pandemic has changed the roots of the employee engagement mandate.
HR leaders are playing a crucial role in this journey. HR leaders must be flexible, agile and more innovative with the changing times.
The COVID-19 crisis has accelerated several workplace changes related to work and workforce, such as a remote work culture, virtual workplaces and the increasing use of technology, which are happening all at once. The COVID-19 crisis also causes shifts in talent management.
Role of HR During Covid-19
In one organization I support, HR is working with the executive leadership to ensure policies are created and/or updated. We also ensure protective initiatives are integrated into the organization's operations.
The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging employee and managers. Thus, HR must also ensure the mental and physical safety and well-being of employees at all levels is integrated and effective. One of the key challenges faced by the organization is the survival of the business, while dealing with knowledge and social loss when people are laid off temporarily or permanently.
The hard part is to remember the soft side of the HR business: the employees are people and they need your support. In the future, you may want to bring the people back to work and you will want the employees to remember the organization as a great employer, such that they will want to return.
HR will also need to remember that some changes in the workplace may also continue (i.e. remote work).