Financial challenges brought about by the economic downturn, coupled with social distancing are forcing businesses to re-evaluate the way they operate. The way people are managed needs to evolve to support new operating models.
Right now working with the government furlough scheme is critical, and moving forward how to manage the gradual phasing out of this support needs careful consideration.
Businesses may be forced to restructure – re-focussing and re-organising resources, prioritising key activities and potentially reducing the number of people employed. Different skill sets may be required to meet changing customer needs.
The work environment is changing – remote working will remain prevalent, but needs to be managed to ensure it is effective and to protect employee wellbeing. Physical work locations and procedures need adapting for social distancing.
Employee trust and welfare is paramount. Fear of returning, job insecurity, changing roles and work conditions, remote working, and a frightening external environment can all impact on how employees feel and operate. Robust communication and employee wellbeing plans have never been more important.
Good HR practice is not just “the right thing to do”. People management during this crisis will have a major impact on your business. Primarily in ensuring you get the best return on your investment in people. What also must be considered is the cost of tribunal penalties for badly managed redundancy programmes, reputational damage for poor treatment of staff, the cost of inefficient spending and the potential physical and mental harm to employees.
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