Increased Work Flexibility
The COVID-19 pandemic lockdown has been a harsh experience for the entire society. Transferring nearly all spheres of life into the digital space has not come without hassle. For instance, parents have been stuck in an uneasy position between helping their children with online schooling while still being in charge of and responsible for completing their work duties. Lockdown was necessary and mandated, so employers had no choice but to respect the new rules and reality, sometimes being stuck in an uneasy position themselves.
This situation made both entities more flexible – the employee had to manipulate his or her work time to deliver results without abandoning the family, while the employer had to accept some innovative concepts (like staff with children starting a workday after the day’s school lessons ended and delivering the results the next morning.
The proliferation of remote work has also added to the process, effectively blending private time with work time, and delivering something that would be called “more work-life balance” before the novel coronavirus pandemic. Now parents call it “madness”.
Lifelong Learning Forced by The Situation
Lifelong learning is all but new when it comes to modern HR trends and management. The recent rapid changes in the world, combined with even faster technological progress, make employees adapt to changes – or rather – force them to do so.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted both the pros and cons of online learning for adults. For many learners, the time they gained by staying home instead of commuting was the time they always lacked to learn new things.
On the other hand, though, digital skills were a key factor when it came to online learning. Before COVID-19 hit, 23% of people highly proficient in technology participated in online courses, compared to 14% of those with lesser computer skills. With the forced digitalization induced by the lockdown, across the board, digital skills had to improve. Also, going online was the only way to learn, no matter the level of education previously completed.
Last but not least, the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic-induced crisis resulted in many individuals losing their jobs. For a large number of them, combining the forced isolation with unemployment was a time to change their career path, gain new skills, and try something new.
The human resources department is a silent force behind a company’s flexibility, productivity, and efficiency. These specialists manage the most vital source of the company’s competitive advantage – people. And this is why staying on the cutting edge is the only way not to fall back.
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