Business owners have long understood the importance the role of human resources plays in establishing the administrative functions that ensure a company keeps running with efficiency and effectiveness.
However, the changes that have been implemented in how workplaces operate in a COVID-19 world have helped showcase the vital tasks HR addresses on a daily basis to keep employees safe, informed, and able to continue to make significant and meaningful contributions.
Human resources personnel have always been something like the Great and Powerful Oz for any industry — the people behind the curtain pulling the levers and oiling the gears to make certain that the smiling forward face of a business remains shining and unblemished. The hiring, administration and training of the right people for the right positions is the overarching goal of HR, but any good employer understands how much deeper the roots of human resources stretch to develop an employee team that is productive, satisfied, and awarded a strong sense of self-worth and value.
That type of in-the-trenches work has never been more important than it is now with so many industries adapting to changes due to the coronavirus and so many companies now working with a remote workforce. In addition to new strategies and accommodations to keep employees and customers safe at brick-and-mortar locations, the new set of challenges HR faces in light of the evolving remote workplace include keeping employees connected, addressing added stress and anxiety, the continued nurturing of company culture among a dispersed workforce, and the monitoring and maintaining of morale.
HR has long been an unsung hero in business, which is why we’re dedicating this issue of 517 Magazine to sing the praises of all the good human resources serves. The burdens facing human resources today have never been greater and, in our current economically fragile climate, the stakes have never been higher. Through it, this community is innovating like never before, and they are getting it done like they always have.
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