While many businesses have gone back to pre-COVID practices, the pandemic has undoubtedly made an impact on companies’ efforts moving forward.
The pandemic has offered us many business lessons and exposed practices that turned out to be unsustainable. Considering the recent past and present reality, business leaders should be looking at ways to increase durability and grow the company in a manner that is sustainable.
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Strengthening HR Practices
The pandemic demonstrated how susceptible quite a few companies are to widespread disruption. While some businesses were nimble enough to switch policies, some struggled with the changes. Some companies continue to struggle with the new normal.
Right now, businesses need to be focused on building momentum and getting on the path to sustainable growth. Company leaders should be thinking about the position of HR and how it can be used to help employees transition to a post-pandemic way of doing business. This could include policy adjustments, but it should include conversations with employees.
Making the Workforce More Resilient
The resiliency of a company is based on the makeup of its staff. An organization is better positioned to overcome unforeseen business disruptions if employees can roll with the punches. Therefore, company leaders should focus on maintaining a culture that embraces change, agility, and flexibility. Staff members should be empowered to broaden their skill set through various training opportunities. They should be allowed to try new things with fear of negative consequences.
Company leaders should be considering frameworks that allow for greater agility. This should include getting rid of burdensome processes and workflows. If operations can be streamlined, it allows for people to concentrate on expanding their abilities and developing innovations.
Addressing the Tech Talent Shortage
Even before COVID hit, the tech talent shortage was one of the greatest challenges that many businesses were facing. The shortage of tech talent has far-reaching effects when it comes to innovation, project management, digital transition, employee engagement, and growth.
The pandemic drove digital transformation on an unprecedented scale. This in turn increased the need for a broad range of tech skills. Thus, skill gaps have become crucial for businesses to get on the path of sustainable growth.
An essential step for addressing skills gaps is to ensure they don’t get bigger. Employee engagement, training, development, and cultural initiatives should be a crucial part of any company’s talent strategy. Engaged employees are more likely to be very productive and produce higher quality work.
Companies also need to have a proactive talent recruitment strategy. This should involve maintaining a strong employer brand, using an employee referral program, and cultivating a talent pool that can be accessed as needed.
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