The pandemic has brought changes for people around the globe, including redefining what the workplace looks like. Remote work has become a new reality for many organizations, rather than having in-person collaborations in an office or another shared physical space.
While employers may have begun the work-from-home model to help contain the spread of the coronavirus, they now can also gain benefits like heightened worker productivity and performance. Given the positives, your organization might be contemplating continuing the remote work model long beyond the pandemic.
If so, the digital workplace is one that HR will have to navigate to continue to provide critical processes, from recruiting and hiring to learning and development. By adjusting how they perform their key roles, human resource(s) professionals can provide value to individual employees to increase satisfaction in their current role and reduce costly turnover.
This process begins with imagining where the organization will be in six months, next year, five years, and longer. While your company may have its sights set on a remote workforce, taking the time to plan the transition will be essential to its success as doing so allows you to prepare for potential obstacles ahead.
On the other hand, understand that taking an overly long amount of time to transition to a remote workforce will put your organization at risk of being left behind. The key is for HR leaders to begin imagining what processes will need to look like in an organization that is predominantly or entirely working remotely.
A major question is how to train dispersed individuals within a diverse workforce. Given the advancements of automation, organizations must implement skills upgrades or change role descriptions sooner rather than later to keep up. Organizing this training falls on the shoulders of HR teams.
To meet training needs, HR departments can create remote programs within their budget and tap into eLearning platforms to provide the best resources for employees. Also, the skills training will be an ongoing mandate for a growing number of organizations as maintaining and improving productivity for remote workers is a priority.
With office tours for new employees being a thing of the past for many organizations, HR departments must find new ways to welcome remote employees who they may have hired without meeting them in person. Providing messages and forms to sign for new hires is easy with Talcura’s software, both for HR and employees.
Creating friendly messages through the automated software to touch base with the new worker provides an effective way to navigate them through the onboarding process and reduce first-day jitters. Also, the customizable dashboard allows HR teams to communicate with one another and see where the new worker is in the onboarding journey, sending them updates and forms to sign as needed.
With more businesses moving to a remote work model, there is a lot to rethink in HR and other departments. Understanding the changes and meeting current needs is essential for businesses to continue to provide value to employees and their relevant industry.