New Year – New Challenges
After a tumultuous year we are now facing in to 2021 with a sense of optimism and hope. In many ways 2021 will be more challenging for business than 2020 has been. During 2020 we have seen the agility of many businesses as they have revised ways of working to cope with the challenges that have been placed upon us. But why would 2021 be harder?
We will face into two major challenges: Post transition Brexit will offer challenges as we reshape our relationship with Europe and domestically we have to slowly re normalise our businesses and staff. From a people and HR perspective what will this mean.
We have asked our employees to work in ways never been seen before whether through prolonged furlough, home working or working on the frontline in often dangerous situations. Bringing colleagues back to a more normalised way of working will bring with it a need to support. Here we set out the key areas to consider:
Many employees have been isolated and detached in recent months. Reintroduction to the workplace will be stressful for many and the need to support with resilience coaching in teams and individually will be key.
Talent and Career Management
Development opportunities have been limited and almost all online. As we return, colleagues will reset career expectations and horizons and many will have a thirst for professional and personal development.
The need for companies to address their headcount costs will continue in 2021. Job losses are set to rise and at this crucial time it will be important to provide employees with effective and tailored Outplacement Support. There is no doubt that the jobs market will bounce back in the second half of 2021 but in the short term affected colleagues will need reassurance and support. This year we have provided more of this type of support than we have in the last 5 years and it has been invaluable.
Diversity and Inclusion
During 2020 we have altered the workplace dynamic and for many organisations this may now last for ever. Here We focus on insuring that remote colleagues are included in key aspects of the business and more than ever we seek to ensure diversity of thinking and collaboration.
With the journey back to normality employees will require formal and informal mentoring more than ever.