85 HR professionals report increased workload due to epidemic reports

250+ HR senior and mid-level leaders took part in a survey conducted by YourDOST in collaboration with the National HRD Network and Great Place to Work: India to capture their experience over the past eighteen months.

YourDOST, an overall mental health organization, has released a report in collaboration with NHRD and Great Place to Work® India. The report is based on a survey covering 250+ HR professionals across India. 76 percent of HR professionals believe that the epidemic has increased the importance of HR function. 96 percent agree that their leaders understand the importance of HR function for business.

The report, entitled ‘The Changing Landscape of People Management – An HR Perspective’, discusses the impact of the epidemic on the workforce, new recruits, staffing and how agencies have dealt with it. Considering the impact on employee health, the report highlights the introduction and strengthening of wellness initiatives as a top priority for companies.

Epidemic effects on the workforce:

The next wave hitting corporates worldwide is ‘The Great Regency’, where employees voluntarily quit their jobs in response to the COVID-19 epidemic. Fifty-two percent of HR professionals surveyed also found an increase in employee losses in their organization. Among the other effects of remote work is a burnout, with more than 70 percent of respondents seeing their organization leapfrog. One of the most important aspects of the epidemic, which is to stay here, is its challenges with remote work and busy staff. 57% of HR professionals find it challenging to inculcate company values ​​in new recruits. It is not that cultural beliefs and values ​​are not being strengthened. Companies need to rethink systems and processes in remote and hybrid setups and assimilate values ​​for new hiring experience. About 46 percent of survey respondents said that staff engagement in their respective organizations has decreased.

Impact on the HR community

HRM workers have played an important role in ensuring the well-being of workers during epidemics. Eighty-five percent of HR professionals report an increase in their workload due to the epidemic. Remote work / coordination, increased health concerns, business performance were the top 3 factors that stood to increase work pressure.

The survey shows that employee wellness is an integral part of HRM in organizations. With the advent of the hybrid culture, HR workers are prioritizing employee insurance, rewards and recognition, and employee mental health. Forty-one percent of respondents identified the introduction or growth of wellness services for employees as a step towards overcoming epidemic challenges in their workplace.

Corporates have already adopted mental health programs for their employees YourDOST has added more than 200 new corporates in the last 1 year and has seen a threefold jump in service usage from employees.

Focusing on employee well-being is one of the few positive changes that the epidemic has induced. Our annual research identifies employee wellbeing as a key differentiator for the best workplaces in India and Asia, and these organizations focus on creating a culture that ensures a healthy and happy workforce. Leaders in the best workplaces are happy to see this among their top two priorities. This is definitely a strong move for India Inc. Says Preeti Malhotra, Head of Practice – Great Place to Work: Wellness and Partnership in India.

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