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.
Google and Alphabet are big tech companies who are playing a major role to tackle COVID-19 pandemic using their resources and capabilities. Using Google’s main competency of information search they are trying to deliver reliable information in search and battling misinformation on YouTube. Google is working with the government on testing and they have partnered with Apple to build an exposure- tracking system for Android and iOS users. Because of the social responsibility initiatives, Google’s corporate image and identity become stronger among society and it helps them to build a long-lasting corporate reputation.
Remote working, working from home or telecommuting are the most used terms in the past few months. Because of the pandemic most of the employees classify themselves as remote workers and both the employer and employees are benefiting from this new working environment. With the improvement of the advanced technology, number of remote workers have increased and most of the organisations are now looking at remote working culture because it helps increase productivity, save money, and decrease employee turnover. According to recent studies, 53% of the virtual employees responded saying there are more like to work overtime. Also, they have found companies can save an average of $10,000 per year in real estate cost and the employee themselves save roughly $5,240 in expenses. Moreover, 95% of the employees agreed that remote working helps them create a positive impact on retention rates. But every position in the organisation and employee are not suitable for remote working, because some workers can be more productive in office rather than the virtual workplace. This reason valid for job positions as well. It is hard to screen the right employee for virtual workforce because considering only the academic qualification may not enough. Organisations need to check the candidate’s knowledge regarding technology because when you hire candidates for virtual workplace knowing about technology is a must. Otherwise, lack of technological background may cause gaps between communication or incompatible working styles because remote workers are relying on technology. Remote employees need to have certain key characteristics apart from academic qualifications to be a great remote worker. Those qualities are described below.
Majority of the top companies around the world is now offering remote working access for their employees because most of the researchers agree that working remotely will help to increase the productivity of the employees. As reported in 2020, 5 million employees are now working from home at least a half of their time. But the productivity depends on the environment you are working on. When you are working in your office your co-workers drop by your desk, engage with you in conversations also they invite you to lunch. These kinds of social benefits are there but if you are a person who gets distracted easily, this might be challenging. Besides, not only from the environment, the productivity of the employee depends on his/her habits and attitudes as well. Below mentioned work from home tips will help employees to become a successful remote worker.
More than 40% of the world’s population is staying at home right now without leaving their residences except for an essential activity because of the COVID-19 global pandemic. This is an unpredictable scenario for all the businesses because the societal shift is directly affecting consumer buying behaviour, buying decisions and customer experiences. Due to this global pandemic, most of the social connections are closed because of that companies need to think about digital ways to interact with their customers to maintain a high level of customer satisfaction and engagement.
In the modern world working patterns are changing and most of the employees are planning their shift to full or part-time remote work. According to state remote work report 2019, 42% of America’s workforce is planning to work remotely in the next five years. Analysing working trends, it can guarantee the majority of the on-site workers who are now starting to work remotely in the virtual workplace. Sometimes this strategic move might be stressful for employees who are making this move, but the senior management team in the organisations must take the responsibility to provide an easy way of transition. In this kind of scenario, organisations must use their resources, capabilities and competencies to manage the situation. This strategic shift might be challenging for the organisation, but team leaders and managers can successfully support the employees who are willing to transit as a remote worker. In this process, communication plays a major role and managers need to make sure to inform the objectives and goals specifically for the remote workers. It is important to show your employees that their work in the virtual workplace is important as on-sight work. From now, onwards this article will provide some tips to help your employees to undertake a better transition.
In this rapidly changing industrial world, remote workers are playing a major role in the workforce. Since 2005, the number of people working remotely has increased by 159% due to changing work patterns. Most of the researches have expected that in the future large number of populations will work remotely. To face those market change companies need to fill the gap by adopting online onboarding methods which help candidates to easily take their decisions. Most of the candidates think that companies are not doing a great job regarding onboarding. Besides, they feel that the number of paperwork they must go through is not necessary for this digital era. As we know that effective onboarding improves retention, companies need to focus on sustainable onboarding processes. Most of the leading companies have responded to this matter quickly and they have changed the way of onboarding new candidates. Dell is one of the major players in the hardware industry and they are now conducting onboarding including documentation through digital channels like email and online chat. Most of the new HRIS software comes with advance requirement and onboarding modules which enables companies to easily complete the onboarding process. From candidate interviews to signing the company agreements are done through online. Since most of the workforce is filled with millennials, they are more likely to join companies who incorporate digital methods in their business. Due to that, this will be a good opportunity for companies to increase their talent pool. Here are some best practices for remote employee onboarding.
These days it is hard to get employees attention into one specific matter because of the outbreak of COVID-19 deadly virus. Most of the countries around the world are under lockdown and have asked their employees to stay back home and do their daily office related work at home. Since employees are not in the same room it’s not an easy task to gather them around to have nine to ten-minute argument meetings and it’s not practical. The fact is most of the meetings are annoying and there is most likely little to zero accountability for engagement. You can realise most of the employees are trying forcefully keep their eye contact. In a situation where companies allow their employees to work from home, the management team need to take necessary actions to keep their team together by engaging fully. In simple terms, you need to create voluntary engagement within your teammates to create the structure and platform to engage fully. Here are some valuable tips you can practice while working at home.
In the 1970s, women were not welcome in organisations and some countries they were not allowed to work. With the globalisation and the technological development, cultural barriers left off and restrictions to work was eliminated. Employment laws and ethics are improved and those initiatives helped to empower women, but there are major gaps that need to be filled. As employees, we need to give space to female employees to build their career by empowering them without hesitation. International women’s day is a great day to appreciate the hard work of all women who are working in different industrial sectors. With empowerment, organisations can allow female employees to have more control over their lives. HR services in organisations can organise sponsorship opportunities and training for women. Companies can give career opportunities for female employees such as promoting them into senior- management level positions based on their work patterns and performance. With regarding empowering women at the workplace, here are some small tips to implement empowering work culture within your organisation.