5 Important HR Considerations in the Time of COVID-19

5 Important HR Considerations in the Time of COVID-19

5 Important HR Considerations in the Time of COVID-19

5 Important HR Considerations in the Time of COVID-19

by Leon Reingold 05/06/2020

The crisis unleashed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been unprecedented. The physical and mental wellbeing of people is under enormous threat and business organizations across the globe are starting at an uncertain future.

Different organizations are responding to the crisis in different ways as per their financial standing, nature of business operations, and gravity of outbreak in areas where they operate. In most business organizations, HR departments are leading crisis-response efforts. Here in this post, we will discuss the top five HR considerations in the time of COVID-19-

  1. Remote Work

Given the forced business closures and community quarantine instructions and guidance from the government authorities and health organizations, most companies are asking their employees to work from home.

HR policy experts need to define how their companies will handle workplace shift toward remote work. Not many companies are currently prepared or equipped for a long-term shift. In many companies, some functional roles are not even designed to succeed in a remote work environment.

HR departments need to continually evaluate and improvise to identify success and failure factors of their work-from-home policies.

Some organizational design experts believe that the COVID-19 pandemic may permanently change working patterns in the post-corona world; hundreds and thousands of companies forced to embrace remote working by the Coronavirus pandemic may find that their workers aren’t willing to return to the office once the quarantine is lifted.

  1. Employee Communication

HR should provide timely updates regarding various measures adopted by the company in order to minimize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on various business functions.

Updates from business leaders, if any, can be shared via email or video messages.  

From time to time, HR should also provide verified information and trusted links to external sources of information (e.g. the CDC, WHO, local health agencies, law enforcement agencies, etc.) to all employees to keep them abreast of what is happening and how they can be safe.

Employees, who need to undertake inter-city or inter-state travel during the COVID-19 outbreak, should be provided with guidelines in accordance with the travel advisories issued by the government authorities.

If there is a change in workplace or HR policies related to the outbreak, the same should be communicated to the workforce at the earliest. The HR department also needs to address employee concerns, if any, on workplace policies.

  1. Leave Policy

A company may or may not be required by the law to provide employees with sick benefits. However, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, employers may need to consider tweaking their leave policies.

For example, employees who are going through 14-day quarantine may be provided with PTO (paid-time-off) leave. Others who are sick or caring for a sick family member may also be covered under an updated leave policy.  

People nowadays have plenty of time on their hands to discuss leave policies of different companies on social networking platforms and form an opinion on what is ‘normal’ in terms of a company’s leave coverage. Potential coverage gaps can dent employee satisfaction and have an adverse impact on company reputation.

HR leadership should carefully examine leave policies of their key competitors or market peers to figure out what their leave coverage should look like.  

  1. Benefits & Employee Wellbeing

The pandemic will impact employees in more ways than we can possibly imagine right now.  Therefore, HR leaders must consider how these changes will affect employees and their needs. Worker wellbeing must be a priority.

Some key considerations are:

  • Health benefits: A business organization that does not offer a health benefits program, may introduce it as a key benefit to its employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Flexible work schedules: Many employees need to support their children at home as schools and daycare centers are closed. Some employees may also need to care for the elderly or sick family members. Such employees can be provided with flexible work schedules.
  • Virtual healthcare: Employees may be interested in availing of virtual healthcare services during the lockdown. Offering to pay for such services or tying up with an established telehealth company can go a long way towards assuring employees that they are cared for.
  • Mental health support:  It is possible that some employees would require mental health support in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing, and financial turmoil.
  • Financial counseling: Workers who are financially distressed may require financial counseling.

A company can demonstrate compassion for its employees by extending such benefits to help them through the pandemic.

Many companies have already started offering such benefits to their employees.

For instance, PepsiCo is offering sick pay/short term disability benefits and 100% pay during the 14-day quarantine period to its employees.

Facebook has announced that it’d give a $1000 bonus to each of its employees for incremental expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 Amazon has offered unlimited sick pay to employees who test positive for COVID-19.

There are many ways companies are giving back in different ways during the pandemic. Sourcing rapid COVID-19 detection kits to reduce workers’ exposure to the virus can also be perceived as a positive move by an employer. This is particularly helpful for companies that support essential services and have many of their employees coming to offices on a daily basis.

  1. Talent Acquisition

While most companies have frozen hiring, there are others who are keen to use this opportunity to interview and fill key roles. Such a move can also go a long way in instilling confidence in existing employees.

For instance, India-based Tata Consultancy Services recently announced that the company will honor over 40,000 job offers it made to new graduates this year. The company also made it clear that it will not lay off employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Amazon recently announced that it’d hire 100,000 warehouse and delivery workers this year.

Organizations that are better positioned versus the sector can create a strategic hiring roadmap for the year 2020 and innovate at a faster pace than their competitors when the world finally moves past this crisis.  

by Leon Reingold 05/06/2020

I am writing to introduce myself as Leon Reingold. I am the Editor-in-Chief at Drugtestsinbulk.com, a nationwide supplier of drug and alcohol testing products online.

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Growth of E-commerce Industry and related careers in the World

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by Shruti Garg 16/04/2020

Jack Ma, the founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba, waded into China’s anti-poverty campaign and considers the expansion of e-commerce as a strong step to eliminate poverty from the globe. Taobao, Alibaba’s platform, has helped more than 600 villages to become e-commerce hubs to improve the financial condition of the Chinese rural families. So, there must be a reason behind his actions and truly the rise of e-commerce has changed the global business scenario with a remarkable growth rate since the inception of e-commerce shopping platforms. 

 

 

Types of E-commerce

 

  • Business-to-Business (B2B) – When a business sells its product to another business, it is called B2B transaction.
  • Business-to-Consumer (B2C) – When a business sells its product directly to the customer through their website, it is called B2C transaction.
  • Consumer-to-Consumer (C2C) – In the C2C transaction model, the platform itself does not own or sell any products. It simply serves as the bridge between the consumer that is selling their product and the consumer that is buying the product. It builds a buyer-seller relationship.
  • Consumer-to-Business (C2B) – In the C2B model, Consumers act like contractors that will promote certain projects which allows them to bring value back to the business. An example can be made of social media They help businesses grow by promoting their products on their profiles.
  • Consumer-to-Administration (C2A) – This transaction model allows access for consumers to acquire information, make payments, and establish a direct line of communication between the government or authoritative body and the consumers it represents. 

 

The Reasons Behind This Massive Success of E-commerce

 

1.  Technology and Data-Driven Approach

 

In the world of technology, it is pivotal to keep an eye on statistical data. Through a sound understanding of your customer’s needs and requirements, you will be able to take necessary steps in your e-store. Nowadays, with the help of analytics devices, you can track consumer behaviour when shopping through e-commerce stores. And, it is proven that right analytics can actually be beneficial for businesses that will drive sales crazily.

 

2.  Convenient and Mobilized Version of Shopping

 

Everything has become simpler with mobile phones. In today’s mobilized era, it has become a vital task to match the user requirements. Whether you are a start-up or an established entrepreneur, having a strong online presence is must to generate sales of your business. People love to shop online nowadays to avoid all that shopping hassles and E-Payments are also becoming a popular payment medium to buy products. Cross-border shopping is also a popular choice. Many online shopping websites in USA provide great deals on cross-border shopping.

 

3.  Rise of Subscription-Base Selling

 

Want to increase user interest in your e-store? Want to keep them engaged and updated with your e-store? Promoting a subscription-based selling process can be beneficial as consumers are always looking for some new offers or profits and modern options.  Providing subscription based services to consumers has proven to be a sound management and leadership skill and can definitely arouse excitement in the whole shopping experience.

 

4.  Videos Related to Shopping and Products

 

Don’t we all love to watch those shopping videos? Videos of products (product reviews, hauls, gadget reviews) on e-commerce sites are going viral. It is attracting more customers. Customers get a better idea and understanding of a product by seeing a video. Visual illustrations are always a better choice.

 

5.  Virtual-Reality Shopping

 

With the advent of technology, tools and skills, E-Commerce businesses are making giant investments in providing a Virtual Reality world for the customers for their shopping requirements. People are going crazy with the 3D world while checking a product on e-stores.

 

6.  Discounted and Convenient Products

 

Let’s be honest here. E-commerce websites provide huge and amazing discounts that no offline store can ever imagine providing. Along with discounted rates, they provide hassle free delivery and their return or exchange policies are extremely convenient.

 

 

Career in E-commerce

There has been a growing trend of youngsters seeking career advice and aspiring to build careers in the E-commerce industry. Working in the e-Commerce industry exposes you to all aspects of a business. These include: marketing, setting prices, customer support, team culture, supply chain management and customer acquisition among others. It  is a good way to learn managerial skills that you can use later in other fields of business.

Another silver lining that this industry provides is for the work from home new moms, who opt to start the second innings of their careers by setting up small yet high quality outlets like that for home crafts, cooking products or home decor tips etc. With the advent of global connectivity and sound digital marketing, a small venture can gather rave reviews and become an internet rage within no time. Innovation and quality is what matters in the end.   You move away from the tangles of complications like employer-employee, salary slip, unpaid leaves etc, and in a way become an enterprise of your own. You can scale up or down entirely based upon your own requirements and convenience.

The trend of online shopping is blossoming like wild flowers in today’s time.  This is simply because the usage of mobile devices is rising at an unstoppable rate and more than 3.4 billion people are internet users. Hence, online shopping is the first word that comes to any shopper’s mind when they hear “shopping”.

On the whole, e-commerce promises to change the way we show, hire and do business in the long run.

by Shruti Garg 16/04/2020

 

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Shruti Shruti Garg is an MBA graduate from TAPMI (Manipal) and is the founder-Director of a successful startup called Translationlight.com, which has business links in 24 countries from Asia and beyond. She regularly writes in areas of her interest, like the growing market trends and advent of digital marketing in today’s world.

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Top 8 Recruitment Strategies to Attract Top Talent in 2020

Top 8 Recruitment Strategies to Attract Top Talent in 2020

by Sunny Chawla 26/03/2020

The World has actually ended up being a huge ability magnet. Every person intends to hire top ability however just the ones that can determine their requirements, framework the best work description, analyze and also upskill workers, win the war. This challenge with the expanding age as well as requiring time, where everyone is victimizing the high prospective workers, becomes tougher to accomplish. If you wish to hire the very best ability to fuel future company development, you need to place in the distinct components in the dish of bringing in the very best skill for 2020!!

 

Recruiters typically have a hard time to find as well as employ the optimal job prospect. The right approach to working with the most effective abilities is the requirement of the hour. Companies need every advantage that they can reach stand out in this employing landscape. The ordinary period of young specialists at a single company is continually shrinking. As the need for skills such as expert system, cloud computing, and management remains to grow, it’s more difficult than in the past to attract and also preserve top-rate talent. The marketplace has lots of abilities and wrong action can allow you to lose a suitable prospect. Developing a strong and planned employer branding approach can aid you to attract the attention of these competitors. The specific niche of employing the most effective skills is to make various move and guarantee the hopefuls of long-lasting occupation development in your company even in Best pharmacy recruitment agencies. Recruitment Advertising and marketing has, consequently, ended up being popular over the last years as important for every single business.

 

Recruitment strategies to attract top talent

 

  • Key Elements of Human Character

We typically lose out on examining the mindset, aptitude, passions, as well as the psychological point of view of the possible candidate in the proposal to hire the most effective ability. The conventional practice of every recruiter is to shortlist the prospect on the basis of experience, effective Curriculum Vitae, skill-set, as well as the number of tasks worked upon. Nevertheless, the recruitment methods adopted by companies have actually seen an amazing change. Talent acquisition firms are moving past screening workers based upon solid resumes or affordable skill-sets.

 

  • A more comprehensive job vacancy

Job candidates seek quality in the task advertisements in terms of the profile, firm background, pay range, occupation possibilities, etc. A wise employer supplies a clear image of every needed detail in the work notification. You ought to have the ability to plainly interact job demands as well as just how one can benefit from this account.

There are lots of methods to craft a task blog post that will attract attention. State your company’s society pointing out just how the employees have that life-work balance in your business and also the advantages they are entitled to. A brief video clip or a web link to the firm’s career blog site is a great concept to express these plus factors.

 

  • Be flexible

Employees try to find firms where work pressure does not affect their individual life. A contemporary company offers a lot to its staff members. The work problems should be well balanced as well as it should not end up being dull to work all the time. Give them something extra like work from house alternatives sometimes, once a week offs, open environment workplace. Lots of companies conduct friendly sporting activities matches to keep the staff members amused. A feeling of restoration, as well as freedom, is really critical else it would end up being a conventional office of 9-5. In other words, get away from the conventional working criteria.

 

  • Social media recruiting

The Human Resource team should be energetic enough on social media to attract the best talent. They must search for prospective prospects and also urge them to apply to their firm. Build credibility and also a strong connection through social media recruiting. Find out exactly how to properly advertise your employer brand name on social networks.

There are lots of professionals who can supply your assignment aid in Australia to find out the art of using social media sites as a mainstream device to advertise yourself as a charming recruiter. These professionals specifically recognize just how to advertise brand names on different social media systems and utilize them for uploading work that stands apart. With their guidance, you can also be participants of workgroups as well as pages.

 

  • Shorter time to work with

Many abilities are shed due to the fact that recruitment agencies take too long to decide or get in touch with them. At the same time, competitors are waiting to hire your potential prospect. By the time you respond, either the person has nabbed another task or has lost interest in your business due to the hold-up. Worth the moment of others as you value your own. Let the pupils, professionals not wait and contact them instantly as you check with their profile as well as locate them deserving. Speed up your recruitment services to avoid the risks of a postponed employment process!

 

  • Develop a talent pool

When it pertains to hiring strategies, structure as well as keeping an ability pool is out everybody’s agenda yet. An actual embarrassment, given that having a talent swimming pool can be an excellent benefit for your recruitment. An ability pool is a data source that holds all the accounts of people thinking about your company; those that haven’t applied yet, but might wish to do so in the future, as well as those who did use before however, didn’t get the work, as an example, since they weren’t best for that specific function yet did fit the firm society.

 

  • Produce an employee referral program

Staff member references are a terrific way to discover prospects. As an added bonus offer, they include numerous benefits:

 

Recommendations are a much better society fit-– Your workers only refer individuals they believe will certainly be an excellent fit, both for the work as well as the business culture. So in a manner, they preselect the prospects.

Referrals are extra involved– Therefore, referrals have a tendency to be a lot more engaged right from the start; they already recognize at the very least a single person in the company who will show them around as well as see to it they feel comfortable.

Recommendations are more probable to stay– Referred staff members are better, functional quicker as well as a lot more efficient than individuals that have actually been employed by means of a various resources.

Producing an employee referral program does not have to be extremely made complex or expensive.

 

Simply ensure your program includes the list below aspects:

Motivations– This can be cash money rewards (they usually work best), but added vacations or other sorts of rewards also function.

The simpler, the better– Make sure your recommendation program is incredibly understandable and also use.

Feedback– Keep workers who’ve referred someone updated regarding the condition of their reference. That is if you want them to maintain referring prospects …

Recognition– Think about an excellent way to celebrate staff members who’ve successfully referred somebody to give them the recognition they are worthy of. This doesn’t have to be complicated, a reference in your inner firm e-newsletter can be enough.

 

  • Get serious concerning your Employer Brand and EVP

Your Company Brand Name (EB) is the face your firm shows the outdoors as a potential employer. It’s the sum of all the various things individuals assume when somebody asks what it would certainly be like to benefit firm X or Y. EB as well as Staff Member Worth Recommendation (EVP) work together. Your EVP is the assurance you make as a company to your workers in return for their commitment. It’s the sum of all the benefits as well as incentives workers obtain from the company they work for.

 

Now, why is it important to buckle down about your Employer Brand name? For one, since it helps you recruit prospects. A popular brand name means applicants will certainly discover you easier and apply normally. This, subsequently, results in lower recruiting prices. A solid EVP makes your workers proud to benefit your business– as well as more probable to speak favorably concerning you. This can cause even more recommendations (discussed over), a lot more going crazy social media blog posts triggering prospective prospects and simply much more good promotion for your organization as a company generally.

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by Leon Reingold 13/02/2020

Given the worrying statistics on drug abuse in many countries around the globe, employers are now keen to understand how and when applicant/employee drug testing is conducted. Employees too lack clarity on how various companies drug test their workers. Here in this post, we will shed light on when and how do companies perform drug tests for applicants and employees. Read on! 

 

 

When Do Companies Perform Drug Tests for Job Applicants?

 

Commonly referred to as applicant testing or pre-employment drug testing, it is conducted at a time employers hire new employees.

In most jurisdictions in the US and Europe, applicant testing is either ‘authorized’ with certain terms and conditions or not ‘subject to restriction.’ Pre-employment drug testing laws in the US, for instance vary across the states, counties, and municipalities.

Consider the following examples:

  • In the state of Nevada (US), pre-employment drug testing is authorized for jobs involving public safety.
  • In the state of Oregon (US), pre-employment drug testing is authorized if there is reasonable suspicion an applicant is under the influence of controlled substances or alcohol.
  • In the state of Idaho (US), all employers are authorized to conduct drug tests as a condition of employment.
  • In the state of Delaware (US), drug testing is a legal requirement for certifying school bus drivers.
  • In Germany (Europe), blanket screening on all applicants is not permitted.
  • In Italy (Europe), drug testing is mandatory for safety-sensitive job roles but employers do not have any discretionary powers.

Therefore, it is advisable, especially for multi-state employers, to institute a solid drug testing policy that factors in the variations in workplace drug testing laws and regulations.

In most states, employers are required by the law to make a ‘conditional’ offer of employment to a candidate before a drug test is performed. Employers are generally required to give applicants an advance notice about drug screening. Companies cannot discriminate against certain candidates; all applicants applying for the same job should be tested in an identical manner.

Thus, applicant drug testing takes place ‘after’ a candidate has:

  • Furnished all necessary documentation to prove his or her eligibility for a vacant position
  • Qualified the written examination (if any) and the interview

 

When Do Companies Perform Employee Drug Testing?

 

Can a company drug test you after you are hired?  Yes. Even if a candidate has passed the applicant drug test during a recruitment drive and joined the workforce, he or she may still need to participate in an organization-wide employee drug screening exercise.

Many private and public employers in the United States now conduct employee drug testing for various reasons. While some employers are required by the federal and state laws to drug screen their workforce, others do so in order to:

  • Ensure the safety of employees, customers, and the general public
  • Preempt the possibility of illegal sale, purchase, and distribution of illicit drugs in the workplace
  • Enhance employee productivity
  • Reduce absenteeism
  • Reduce healthcare costs arising from workplace accidents and illnesses resulting from workplace drug abuse

Depending upon the employee drug testing schedule, a company may perform drug tests on various occasions. Can an employer drug test without advance notice? In most cases, employers need to inform workers in advance about its drug testing policy upon implementation or on hire.

Some of the most common examples when companies perform employee drug testing are:

  • When companies periodically drug-test their employees: Known as periodic drug testing, it can be conducted monthly, quarterly, half-yearly or yearly. Companies that employ people in safety-sensitive positions generally prefer to drug test their workers on a regular basis. Some workers may relapse or start taking drugs ‘after’ joining a company. Periodic drug testing helps companies identify such employees.
  • When companies randomly drugtest their employees:  Such drug tests are performed on a completely ‘random set’ of employees. With this approach, fewer workers are drug screened. Therefore, it allows companies to keep drug testing costs under control. Most employers hire third-party agencies to generate a random set and to preempt the possibility of targeted discrimination. Random drug testing is generally performed on a pre-determined day.
  • When companies drug test a worker based on reasonable suspicion:  Many companies train their managers and supervisors on how to determine and document reasonable suspicion of a possible violation of alcohol and drug-free workplace policy. Once reasonable suspicion of on-the-job impairment has been established on the basis of physical (related to walking, standing, face, eyes, speech, odor, movement, and appearance) and behavioral (demeanor and actions) indicators, the HR department can authorize a drug test. Companies get a reasonable suspicion drug testing consent form signed by an employee under suspicion. Such drug tests are performed on select employees from time to time.
  • When companies drug test workers after an accident: Known as incident-based drug screening, it enables employers to ascertain whether an employee involved in a workplace accident was under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances. It helps discourage workplace alcohol and drug abuse as workers who tend to consume alcohol or drugs before coming to work or while on the job, tend to mend their ways once they know they’d be drug tested if they are involved in a workplace accident. Normally, a blood test is performed. Applicable laws for incident-based drug testing vary across the states.

 

How Do Companies Perform Drug Tests? 

 

The information such as applicant/employee drug testing procedures, drug testing methods, types of drugs tested, consequences that would follow if a worker tests positive, and whether a test positive employee can rebut test findings, request retesting or offer explanation (such as use of prescription drugs) for a positive test results, is included in a company’s alcohol and drug testing policy.

Employers, who understand the essentials of workplace drug testing, come up with effective policies and implementation plans for promoting alcohol and drug-free workplaces.

Most employers hire certified or state-licensed laboratories for conducting applicant/employee drug screening.

While the urine drug testing method is most popular (and economical), some employers may at times prefer other methods based on the testing of a specimen such as mouth-swab, hair follicle, blood, sweat, and breath.

In most states, employers are required by the law to assure privacy for workers in the collection of specimens.

 

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