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As we enter into 2021, most of us would admit that 2020 has been a year unlike any other in living memory. COVID-19 has left an indelible mark on the way we live, work, and travel. Company HRs have had the unenviable task of setting up and navigating through remote-work culture to setting up Zoom interviews to having to create a sense of camaraderie amongst employees (especially new recruits) so they feel that they’re a part of the organization. In this blog, we will discuss 7 HR trends to look out for in 2021 and start preparing for a post-COVID world as several countries have begun administering COVID vaccine.
The most drastic change that occurred for a large majority of the workforce was the global overnight shift to remote work. Though working from home was not an alien concept to most organizations, many did not have a work from home policy not to mention they had to go fully remote in a matter of days.
Moreover, there was a noticeable difference among countries in terms of work from home readiness. For example, in the Netherlands, it was a common practice in firms to allow employees to work from home for a few days a week which was not the case in India. Furthermore, several behemoths like Twitter, Capital One, and Square have announced that they would continue working from home even post-COVID.
With the shift to working at home, not only was there a sharp spike in the creation of Zoom accounts and office furniture sales, but it had quite a big impact on several other HR trends. Where before employee hiring, termination and appraisal decisions relied on in-person conversations, HR need to rejig current practices to effectively tackle these situations in a digital world.
Not just this, since spontaneous interactions between workers in the pantry is no longer possible, office events such as birthday/festival celebrations and team building activities have undergone a transformation inculcating a virtual spin. Virtual happy hours have now replaced after-work socializing between employees where they get together on a Zoom call.
The gender wage gap is going to worsen in 2021 as employees return to work in their offices. Since men are more likely than women to report to offices, they stand likely to get higher raises and promotions compared to those who continue to work from home.
During the pandemic, more than 1 in 4 firms have bought new technology to passively track and monitor their employees disregarding employee privacy. This monitoring has become a source of frustration and disappointment for them. Come 2021, new regulations would pop up that curb and put a check on what employers can track about their employees.
With the entire onboarding and employee orientation experience having gone virtual, HR has to rethink and reinvent this entire process. Aspects such as work-life balance, wellbeing, connection, and collaboration have to be taken into account to ensure the new hire does not feel left out and shares a sense of being a part of a greater team. This can be achieved by implementing an online buddy system to help employees stay engaged and connected.
A lot of HR activities and functions can be automated and digitized thus, saving time and resources for both the HR and the firm itself. Doing this helps the HR professional maximize efficiency, as well as better, allocate their time. This can be achieved by making use of an HRMS solution that will help you automate and execute tasks effortlessly. HR Pearls is one such HRMS solution that not only efficiently manages payroll but also ensures diligent compliance management. It is an affordable, cloud-based solution for all your HR needs. By employing an HRMS solution where services are shared without a hitch helps create a better employee experience and increased customization.
Employees’ working remotely has become a commonplace practice in 2020 which is more than likely to continue in 2021 and beyond. Now the next wave of flexibility would revolve around “when” the employees work. This year, we’ll see a jump in new jobs where employees would no longer have to work in a typical 9 to 6 workday but instead would focus on a set of outputs to achieve, regardless of how long it takes them to achieve those outputs.
The past year has been a topsy-turvy one for all of us where we’ve had to redefine and re-learn how to work in differing scenarios; firms have had to reinvent their core business models in order to survive, while few such as the tourism industry are still trying to get back on their feet. However, one thing is for sure that 2021 will completely transform the HR industry and the way it functions.
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