The time for digital transformation and workforce design has arrived, and it is now more important than ever. It is said that the outbreak of Covid-19 has accelerated the digital workforce and HR technology. When governments issued orders that limit larger gatherings and limiting in-person gatherings, most of the people were forced to work from home. Due to this new work from home method, businesses began to look for a way to continue their operations remotely, thanks to the Internet. Many businesses started collaborating with platforms and video conference capacities to remain engaged with their colleagues and clients while working from home. And as a result, HR technology became popular and many businesses started using it. This article will show the benefits of using HR technology in your business and why you should invest in HR technology.
Taking a look back, 2021 has undoubtedly proven itself to be a year of many hardships through which HR professionals learned critical lessons as the structure and functioning of their businesses started to change quite rapidly.
Among the countless experiences gained, listed below are 5 key HR lessons we learned from adapting to the ‘new-normal’:
A value articulated within a culture helps shape how people understand and perceive the world. Cultures and values mold us into becoming the best version of ourselves as it guides us through the choices of our lives.
An organization should therefore implement its own culture and value system for the betterment of its employees and customers.
Why is a culture and value system for an organization so important?
A value system is a set of principles or ideals that drive and/or guide your behavior. Your personal value system gives you structure and purpose by helping you determine what is meaningful and important to you. It helps you express who you are and what you stand for.
For an organization, this system helps its employees grasp the morals, ethics and work patterns that is expected from them based on the principal values that they must adhere to. This system sets a path for the employees to follow in order for them to understand themselves and each other more deeply.
- Making your company distinctive
The culture and value system of each organization is what makes it unique. Each company has its own strategies on employee engagement, and its culture and value system give it the edge. This system inculcates the most necessary values within your employees making it easier for the employers to shape the motives of each of them.
- Choosing the best workers
Working for an organizationwhere you don’t seem to fit in with its culture can be disappointing. For example, if you prefer working independently but if your company emphasizes on teamwork, you are likely to feel disappointed with your job. Therefore, a culture and value system that has been established beforehand makes recruitment so much easier at it checks out the basics at the beginning itself for both the employer and the employee.
- Inspiring your employees
Punctuality, responsibility, accountability, and loyalty are among the top few values within an organization. Establishing a system in which it is a necessity that your employees abide by a certain value system, inspires them to apply the same values to their personal lives which results in more mannered and disciplined employees.
You may have just got out of high school or graduated from your dream college in the hope of finding the perfect 1 st job to start fresh with a kick-start. However, the process that leads up to it, could be quite nerve-racking. Here’s a few tips that will hopefully help you and give you the head start you required.
Becoming successful is obviously no piece of cake. It challenges you to bring out the best of your personality, molds and shapes you to become a more matured person who is responsible and accountable for his/her actions. However, as we all know, it doesn’t come easy. Working for long stressful hours, trying to get along with your fellow colleagues, deadlines and schedules may not be your cup of coffee at the beginning but keep in mind, progress is always better than perfection. Therefore, here’s a few tips that may help you in making this zealous yet essential journey not so daunting.
Managing your fellow colleagues
Working as a team requires endless amounts of patience, tolerance, trust, and respect and none of this can be built within a single working day. Neither will you fit in as soon as you expect yourself to, nor will you take ages to finally comprehend them.
- Always make sure to be supportive to your team by providing situational leadership and constantly brainstorm to present with innovative ideas to make your working environment more effective and productive.
- Maintain a warm and healthy relationship with your fellow peers. Jot down their birthdays and anniversaries on your diary or memo and make sure you at least send them a heartfelt personal wish on their special day.
- Take some time off your work or free time to help a fellow colleague with a personal issue that they have been struggling with. Feeling helpless at times is the worst feeling; however, showing compassion at those times of need is certainly worth a lifetime
Becoming a better version of yourself
Your need to constantly improve yourself is the key to getting ahead of others. Gaining experience, making mistakes, and figuring out your true potential with each obstacle you face, is what keeps you motivated.
- As you move along path A of your career, don’t forget to build a path B as well. Don’t be too certain or overconfident about anything, because as we’ve all heard, uncertainty is the only thing that’s certain. Prepare your every move for both the best- and worst-case scenarios which would make life much more stress-free.
- Set yourself your own deadlines. Work hard for to boost your own standards. Make plans and schedules daily/weekly so that you don’t tend to procrastinate. There is a reason why its quoted that ‘Punctuality is the soul of any business’.
- Spend a few minutes every day planning about your future. What is my mission? Where do I see myself in the next 5 years? Am I financially stable? How and when can I invest? This will give you the drive and motivation to make yourself better in your job each passing day. Taking care of yourself As we get tangled up in this incessant rat-race, we seldom think of our health and well-being when working. Although taking good care of yourself may not be within your priorities, it is evident that without a good physical and mental wellbeing, anything is impossible.
Taking care of yourself
As we get tangled up in this incessant rat-race, we seldom think of our health and well-being when working. Although taking good care of yourself may not be within your priorities, it is evident that without a good physical and mental wellbeing, anything is impossible.
- Try to exercise and get your heart pumping at least for a few hours each week. Exercise is the most under-utilized antidepressant in this world
- Take a few breaks amidst your work time to go for a 5-minute stroll or to look outside your window. Appreciate nature. Science proves that greenery is the best medicine for your tired eyes and relentless mind, so take the maximum use of it.
- Every night, free up some time to manifest for your goals and dreams. If you had a rough day, think positively, and determine that you will get past these tough times. Always think above and beyond. Yearn for more knowledge and seek for more wisdom.
Lastly, always remember that the secret for your success is passion and perseverance...
In this rapidly changing world, organisations are fighting each other to become a successful organisation in the business area which they belong. When talking about competitive advantage in the market sector, the organisation’s culture plays a vital role. Because culture is the environment that surrounds the organisation. Culture consists of shared values, systems, attitudes, strategies, structure, styles, beliefs, and skills. In organisations’ viewpoint employees play a huge role in the culture, but leadership, management influence and organisations strategic direction influence the workplace culture to a huge extent. Culture is one of the main components which helps organisations to grow. Having a positive culture in the workplace will improve teamwork, employee morale, increase employee retention, productivity, and efficiency. A positive culture helps employees to reduce stress. Because of these reasons, organisations need to create and maintain a positive culture within the workplace. Here are some strategies, which organisations can use to create a positive culture within the organisation.
In any organisation, leaders must think about their employees more than ever because of the pandemic. It is important for any organisation to take care of their employees to deliver the best outcome in this pandemic situation. Without good employee satisfaction, the company can be collapsed, because employees are the foundation of any company. The company must support their employees to be healthy by supporting them to reduce the extra stress that comes with every angle of their life. If the employees can manage their stress during this pandemic, they will automatically be more productive because they do not have any other things to focus. Recent clinical studies found that anxiety and depression cause lower productivity among employees and less productive people result in bigger backlogs. Therefore, focusing on the wellbeing of the employees is crucial for any organisation to success in this pandemic scenario. Here are a few effective ways to take care of your valuable employees during the pandemic.
The first graduation class of Generation Z entered the workforce in 2019. Over the next ten years, Baby Boomers will retire, millennials will enter senior management and gen Z will take up one-third of the workforce passing millennials. Since Generation Z’s thinking and behaviour patterns are different, the approaches, which organisations took to attract millennials, will not be suitable for Gen Z. Therefore, companies must look into different suitable approaches to attract Gen Z employees to increase the organisation’s talent pool. Generation Z is also known as iGeneration or Digital natives who are born between 1996 to 2012 and currently at the age of 8 to 24. That means most of the Gen Z members are now joining as interns in the companies. The resent study was found that 24% of the global workforce will be filled by Gen Z employees by the end of 2020. Since this percentage will grow, HR managers must think of new ways to attract and retain the newest employees. Here are some tips to manage Generation Z in the workplace.
Most of the organisations stared remote working over the past few months. Social gatherings like weddings, entertainment events and graduations have been cancelled because of the impact of COVID -19. Most people feel desperate for normalcy again but post-COVID is not completely over yet. Since the pandemic is spreading across the globe, the number of cases are increasing daily. However, some countries are trying to adopt a new normal situation and attempt to reopen the businesses. We are still in the middle of the pandemic and still we cannot predict the outcomes, which will occur in future. Therefore, businesses need to identify the new normal situation and change their business plans accordingly. Especially HR departments must take necessary action to provide employees with a good working culture under a ‘New Normal’ environment. Since some of the employees are coming to work, it is necessary to ensure the safety of the employees providing necessary precautions at the workplace. HR departments can work on below-mentioned areas to improve the work-life balance and wellness of their employees.
Virtual events are playing a major role in the business during COVID-19. Most of the companies are using virtual events to engage with their customers, employees, clients, and potential customers. Purpose of these events can be varied according to the company’s business model. Some virtual events are organised to provide information, some are based on trade shows and sometimes organisations are planning events to show gratitude to their employees. Since COVID-19 has put a full stop for the businesses’ event plans for 2020 most of the companies are looking digital ways to interact with their stakeholders. Working from home has become a new standard of working and societies are now adapting to the ‘New Normal’ situation. Since 6-foot distancing measures have been enforced among society to reduce the risk of spreading the virus it is important to have virtual events to keep in touch with key stakeholders of the company. Shorter webinars and product events can be held digitally to interact with stakeholders. Here are a few tips which companies can use while conducting virtual conferences.