The pandemic caused by the Covid-19 meant that companies had to adapt quickly to the new normal. Thus, some HR trends that were already being discussed were consolidated in 2020, and tend to strengthen in 2021, with technology as a great ally. However, far beyond adapting internal processes and automating tasks, companies need, more than ever, to look at people more carefully. After all, it is necessary to guarantee the well-being and safety of everyone who is part of the team to achieve better results.
Are you interested and want to know what the main HR trends are for 2021? Then read on!
At a time when social isolation has become crucial for preventing the spread of the new coronavirus, home office work has proved that it can be highly functional in our country. In a recent survey conducted by the company Deloitte, entitled “Responses to the Covid-19 crisis”, a considerable change was revealed concerning remote work. The study showed that, before the pandemic, home office work or flexible working conditions were adopted by only 24% of organizations. However, currently, that number has already risen to 98%.
Of course, this model of work cannot be applied to all types of activities, but in those where remote work is viable, it will likely continue. This is because, in addition to reducing costs for the company, for example, with transportation, gas vouchers, parking, space rental, etc., working in the comfort of a home also provides many benefits to the employee. Among these advantages is more time to live with family members, take care of your health, in addition to avoiding stress in traffic daily.
If some sectors of Human Resources still resisted the implementation of technology in their processes, with the pandemic, adherence to automation became more necessary, and the benefits are evident. This contributes to a greater acceptance of tools such as the adoption of recruitment and selection software, integrated payroll and time registration systems, performance evaluation software, among other fundamental tools to optimize the workforce in the HR sector. These resources still provide more agility and also provide data-based decision making, in addition to reducing operational errors. Simpler tools, such as video, for example, were and will continue to be fundamental in 2021 to connect people, reduce distances, reduce costs and even promote the alignment of the company's communication.
Not all profiles are suitable for remote work. Therefore, for a balance to occur, the hybrid work model can be a great tool for people management. This model consists of a balance between face-to-face work in the company and the home office. Thus, the employee can work half the week at home and the other half at the company or travel to the office only on meeting days or to conduct training, for example. In this case, the responsibility for the management of hybrid teams lies with HR and managers and leaders, who more than anyone knows their followers and the profile of each one. Therefore, it is possible to separate into groups those employees who can remain in the home office and those who need greater physical interaction to remain engaged and productive.
The year 2020 has shown how important zeal for the organization's people is. This is because, when the company is committed to taking care of its employees, this generates much more engagement, which is fundamental for increasing productivity. In this scenario, the practices of continuous care in hiring will be even more evident in 2021, with processes that privilege diversity, professional profiles capable of bringing innovation to the company's processes, in addition to hiring professionals more aligned with the organization's cultural fit.
Amid so many changes and adaptations in the job market in 2020, such as hybrid or home office work, HR must be attentive in providing a better experience for employees concerning the company. An example is the ergonomics aid and home office aid, which allows the employee to have an adequate physical structure and preserve their health, avoiding spinal problems, among others. Besides, the home office brings more domestic expenses, such as increased water and electricity bills. Therefore, when the company has this awareness and helps with part of the costs, the employee feels more relaxed in carrying out his work and satisfied with the organization.
In the face of a business scenario strongly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, it is easy to understand that more and more HR will need to work on actions and strategies to improve the well-being of employees. In addition, it is necessary to be aware of HR trends for 2021 and put them into practice. Still, these trends must extend outside the company, understanding that all aspects of a person's life are connected between the professional and the personal. Thus, HR will be fulfilling its true role: caring for people.
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