COVID-19 and the New HR Normal
Updated: Jan 27
We don’t need to tell you that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused the biggest changes in the way we work than anything else we have experienced in our lifetime. Many of the tourist businesses that Hawaii relies on from restaurants to nightclubs and shops were forced to shut down temporarily and re-open under strict new conditions. Businesses and HR departments are a long way from getting back to normal and many are asking if we should really be talking about the new HR normal.
COVID-19 and the new HR normal
According to Founding Partner Jeanne Meister of Future Workplace, here are the top three changes that will become the new HR normal through at least the end of 2020 because of COVID-19:
1. Increased investment and training in remote working
The COVID-19 pandemic pushed most employers to allow or require that any staff that could work from home do so in order to prevent the unnecessary spread of the virus in workplaces. This move amounted to a massive remote working experiment like we have never seen. In order for this change to work well, companies will need to make investments and offer training to help their employees work from home successfully. Some ideas include training managers on how to manage remote workers, providing mentors or coaches, launching Employee Resource Groups or creating guidebooks with tips on how to work from home and remain productive.
2. A re-focus on worker wellbeing
With so much chaos going on around us and all the changes that so many businesses have had to make in order to survive this time, it’s easy to shuffle worker wellbeing to the backburner. The reality is that businesses that make worker wellbeing a central goal will be more likely to succeed in the long run. Workers are dealing with enormous personal stresses such as caring for and educating their children while dealing with workplace changes and fears of contracting the virus or being laid off. With the transition to working from home, employees may also be struggling with how to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Businesses would be wise to provide their employees some tools and guidance on how to protect their physical, emotional and mental wellbeing during these difficult times.
3.The opportunity to re-define your business
There are experts who believe that the Coronavirus will bring on the Fourth Industrial Revolution with smart technologies at the center of the change. There is no doubt that businesses are relying on the digital world now, more than ever, to keep their businesses running during this time. The question is, can businesses use this situation as an opportunity to re-think their products or services, their supply chains, worker productivity measures and their overall business model in order to compete in the post-coronavirus landscape? The answer is yes.
How partnering with a PEO can support your business during COVID-19
A PEO provides small businesses with many advantages that they might not otherwise be able to afford. These advantages have become even more important during this international health crisis.
When small business owners’ partner with Makai HR they:
Gain peace of mind that they are complying with all of Hawaii’s labor laws, which is especially important when decisions are being made about how to handle a health crisis.
Can provide comprehensive health care plans that will give your employees peace of mind about going to the doctor for treatment and testing.
We are also here to support your business if you are working remotely:
Our cloud-based platform means that your employees can manage their HR needs through a computer, tablet or phone, making it easier for them to work from home.
Our cloud based HRIS platform means that your HR team can manage HR remotely if they are sick or everyone is working remotely.
Pro tip: this is a good time to encourage all employees to update to Direct Deposit to reduce in person bank transactions and continue timely payroll payments. Do not delay. Contact us today to get started!