A Change in Job Description | Human Resources Post Pandemic
In a pre-pandemic world, the Human Resources role was primarily to assist employees with day-to-day functions, benefits, employee relations, etc. The pandemic has shifted that focus entirely with now having to deal with vaccine mandates, hybrid work environments, constant covid testing, increased employee stress, and more. Many companies continue to struggle with staffing due to sick leave, positive covid cases, and an across-the-board "great resignation" from the labor force.
Many HR teams were given the responsibility of transitioning workers to a fully remote environment. We then started to see a transition into a hybrid system, combining both office and remote work throughout the week. Two years later, many HR departments are being tasked to bring back all employees to a fully in-person workplace.
Overseeing these changes has not been easy on your favorite HR professional. It has required a new level of flexibility for all employees to constantly change their work habits. After two years of craziness, many are now facing burnout and stepping away from their roles. This has led to a job market where companies are now competing for employees.
Though challenging, the pandemic has provided a number of learning opportunities for HR teams. We are now more mindful of mental health and workers’ overall well-being. Many have found that identifying these red flags is the best way to retain employees at their company. Simple things like mental health workshops, yoga classes, or 15-minute check-ups can make all the difference in how an employee feels about their workplace. Cultivating great culture in the workplace does not come naturally, we have to be intentional about it. It means opening up your door and being a listening ear to those who approach you.
How has your job changed since 2020?