2022 is a month away and the big businesses are gearing up for the New Year. Given the past two years, it has been difficult to predict the future. But what’s important is to hold the scope for change and prepare ahead, with the given knowledge and resources. We’ve transitioned from work-from-office to work-from-home and completely changed the way we function professionally. Now is the time for leadership to evolve with the changes and the needs of not only their businesses but also, their employees.
“Organisations will have to be prepared to undergo new learning cycles and adapt themselves to these new challenges, not only to survive, but to succeed.” Head of HR, Healthcare, PWC India
- Emphasis on the Work Culture
Work-from-Home saw a huge change in the work cultures across the globe. On one hand, it revealed several loopholes in the way companies function and exploit their employees and on the other hand, it saw companies going the extra mile for the comfort of their employees, making sure they had access to amenities to smoothen the work process. That’s why it’s important to build a healthy work culture that accommodates the employees’ needs.
- Communication is the Key
It’s important to make the employees well-aware and well-versed in the company’s policies so that the expectations are on the same page. With the onset of remote work culture, newly-joined employees feel more distant and alien to their companies due to lack of interaction and awareness of the space. That’s why the onus lies with the leaders to dive deeper into the motivational and inspirational needs of their employees and keep checking on everyone from time to time.
“Employers need to find new ways to counteract the absence of face-to-face interactions or the loss of staples in the diary that are communication-driven, such as monthly town hall meetings,” says Yvonne Teo, Vice President of HR at ADP.
- Revisiting HR Demands
The role of HR is getting exponentially bigger for the companies. They need to be backed with financial, analytical and technological resources to help retain the best talents in the company and also, relook at meeting the needs and inspiring the existing set of employees. Building the company’s image, portfolio and goodwill is also important to attract outside talent and become a leading benchmark in the respective industry.
- Hybrid Model or Full Work-From-Office?
The hybrid model has been hugely considered by many big tech firms and businesses of multiple industries. According to a Microsoft report, 81% of workers want flexible remote work options to be maintained, while 75% want more in-person time with their team. This shows us that people have become comfortable with the future of the Hybrid Work Model. What’s important to know is your employees’ preferences as it is a great challenge to manage and integrate teams in the hybrid model. The sooner you decide, the better solutions and routes the company can come up with.
Overall, it is important to have a constant dialogue with your team in this world of ever-changing dynamics. With a plethora of employment options available in multiple industries, the true test of leadership would be to listen earnestly to your employees and maintain the best talents.
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