“Undoubtedly, Covid-19 has a huge impact on everyone’s lives. Not only 2020 was the year of pain and depression, but it taught us many life-changing lessons.”

The major transformation is the way employees are working and interacting with other colleagues.

HR leaders should prioritize these changes among the employees in 2021 to make plans for the next normal of work. Above all, the Covid-19 pandemic has set new challenges for the human resources sector to execute their HR strategies.

The primary task for HR leaders is bringing employees from their personal space to the office desk and enhances their productivity. As almost three months have already passed of 2021, what challenges does the HR sector will face in 2021?

Below we’re mentioning the latest HR trends that will dominate the human resources sector in the remaining nine months of 2021.

The Well-Being Of The Workers Will Be Crucial

The directors of the companies will rely on the HR department for maintaining the safety protocols in the office environment. As a result, it’s the HR department’s responsibility to ensure all the employees maintain the safety standards and stay healthier and happier.

As Covid-19 cases are booming up again in many countries, the HR department might have to prepare for this pandemic’s new wave. Even when the vaccine is available, the fear of the Covid-19 virus is still present among the employees. This fear might affect the employees physically and mentally and overall well-being. In a nutshell, HR professionals have to eliminate this fear and maintain a relaxing office environment.

The Demand For Reskilling Current Workforce and Skilled Industry-Ready Professionals Will Increase

In this technology-driven and competitive world, it has become important for the employees to stay one step ahead of their competitors. Here is the new task for HR to focus more on the technical and non-technical skills of the employees instead of their internships, certifications, and qualifications

As artificial intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) significantly affect every sector, employees need to be comfortable with these new-age technologies. In the upcoming years, the new normal work will be daily automated tasks without humans’ need.

Instead of traditional and e-learning, virtual learning will be prioritized, and HR must keep this in mind. They have to curate training programs and different learning platforms for helping the employees to grab industry-ready skills.

The Experience Level Of The Employees Will Be Prioritized

In the new work normal, maintaining harmony and inclusion is imperative for HR professionals. As new employees will join the squad, it will introduce new ways of online processes and collaborations. One of the key roles of HR is to redefine the employees’ experience levels, mainly when they belong to remote areas.

As per various reports, ‘Work From Home’ will be present until the end of this year, and some organizations are interested in hiring WHF employees. In simpler language, just employees will be considered as the permanent freelancers of the company.

As physical engagement will decrease, collaboration will become the priority. In a nutshell, the trust factor should be present between the employees and managers.

Different Ways Of Hiring Talents Will Emerge

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, companies are coming up with new ways for hiring employees. The companies aim to build a cost-effective, innovative, and productive remote work culture for business growth. As a result, new work opportunities will arise, and there are higher chances of all the unemployed employees getting their new jobs.

As already mentioned above, remote working culture will be present for a longer run; HR professionals have to come up with new strategies and plans for hiring new talents. These strategies will include online assessments, video interviews, and evaluating the employees’ experience level.

In simple words, there will be a mind-boggling situation among the companies to find the best talents for the new work normal.

Final Thoughts

In this 21st century, nothing can replace the position of HR because they ensure enhanced productivity and smooth business operations. Businesses have realized how important it is to focus on their employees’ well-being. As a result, employees’ well-being will also become the priority of HR. In our opinion, 2021 could be an overwhelming and life-changing year for HR.

DR. VANEETA AGGARWAL