if the past year has taught us anything, it’s that the Boy Scout motto “Be prepared”
is sage advice indeed. We saw what happened when a completely unexpected public health crisis blindsided the world. In this issue of HR Insights, industry experts share their views on challenges that the business world will face in the new future—and how to plan for them successfully.
One area that is unlikely to change is the work-from-home model that many companies have adopted. Why? Primarily, because it works. A recent PwC survey found that 83% of U.S. businesses feel the shift to remote work was a success for them. Secondly, because workers have seen the benefits and appreciate the safety. Slack’s Future form found that 72% of workers worldwide want a combination of office and remote work going forward. For businesses, it means maintaining a more complex workforce that will require most HR teams to rethink and restructure the employment life cycle in terms of three tracks: onsite, hybrid, and remote.
With widespread remote work arrangements likely to continue for some time, companies are seeking strategies that will give them an edge in these new virtual work environments. In “How to Create Virtual Live Courses that Learners Will Love,” for example, Tracy Peterson explains that in-person course content can be successfully adapted for remote learners only by addressing their specific needs and finding ways to facilitate interpersonal interactions.
Is it possible to know exactly what tomorrow will bring? Of course not. But it is possible to
take note of growing trends and plan a response to them. Let us know if you want to have a
conversation about how we can help your firm be ready for the future.
Lovey Hammel, President
Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.
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