A Mid Pandemic Recap
Our Marketing Manager, Megan Purdy, joined Dr. Mukhtar Lasisi on his podcast, Digital Transformation: Surviving the New Normal to discuss how human resource practices are changing in response to today’s reality.
On this week’s episode of Digital Transformation: Surviving the New Normal, Megan and Dr. Mukhtar discussed how HR underwent change including its digital transformation to adapt to the new normal.
Without a doubt, since the pandemic hit, this process of transformation is happening anywhere and everywhere. Covid-19 has impacted almost every business possible, some more complicated than others. But what about the human resources departments of organizations? How have they adapted throughout this chaos?
Technology has come a really a long way even within the last decade. There’s so many tools and programs that allow us to connect with people overseas within just a few clicks of a button. But what exactly is technology’s core contribution in the digital transformation of HR? Today’s advancements make HR’s long (and boring) paperwork and onboarding processes much easier. Now, you can onboard your remote hires virtually through video calls and sign confidential agreements through PandaDoc, BambooHR or Adobe Reader.
Besides the recent developments in technology and the process of digital transformation, what else should HR leaders look too? Megan and Dr. Mukhtar also tackle what leaders should prepare for as some businesses return to work.
While some HR teams are now remote first, others are heading back to the office. What should HR leaders be prepared for as folks return to work? According to Megan, there are two interpretations. Some employees are returning to work after being furloughed and some are returning to work in the office. In both scenarios, leaders should not expect employees to be all smiles as they have underlying stressors – fear of contracting the virus or losing their job.
For HR heads, managers and leaders that are continuing to operate remotely, remember to trust your employees. “Most employees are as productive, if not more, when working from home” says Megan. And, this is true. Employers, HR heads or managers should set clear goals with their remote employees and remember why they were hired in the first place.
Remote work is certainly not an option for every industry. But for those jobs that can be remote (i.e., can be done 100% from a desk) why not undergo a virtual or digital transformation too?