Paycor Uncovers Most Pressing Areas of Interest for Human Resources and Business Leaders in 2020
CINCINNATI, Jan. 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Human Capital Management (HCM) company Paycor today revealed top priorities and concerns for human resources (HR) and business leaders in 2020. By looking at the most frequently accessed content in its resource center, the company determined primary areas of interest in 2020 to be communication, health and safety, change in the workplace, layoffs and furloughs, and payroll.
The past year has been marked by a number of significant events, including the COVID-19 pandemic, civil unrest, the election, and natural disasters. The pandemic had a remarkable impact on the workforce, as many organizations switched to a remote work model temporarily or indefinitely, and unemployment soared as high as 14.7%. During turbulent times like these, employees turn to business leaders and HR for support and information on what the future holds for them and the business as a whole.
Based on Paycor's most frequently referenced resources, the top five themes for HR and business leaders in 2020 were:
One of the top resources addressing communication was Paycor’s Coronavirus Return To Work Letter. For companies planning on bringing employees back to a physical workplace, letters such as this serve as a means to welcome the workforce back and brief them on new procedures and protocols. It’s critical that business leaders and HR communicate effectively with employees so they feel comfortable upon their return to work and can confidently navigate the complexities of the business’ “new normal.”
Health and safety
One such plan is outlined in Paycor’s 6 Steps To Take If An Employee Tests Positive For COVID-19 document. Every business needs a contingency plan that outlines its policies around COVID-19 testing, paid time off (PTO) and sick leave, sanitation, self-isolation measures, and more. Companies who prioritize getting their ducks in a row can save themselves from unnecessary business interruption down the line.
Change in the workplace
As organizations coped with change in 2020, HR and business leaders turned to Paycor’s resource on Overcoming Employee Resistance To Change In The Workplace to better understand the “why” behind aversions to these shifts. By recognizing employee’s hesitations surrounding change, leaders can better communicate and work toward their objectives with as little friction as possible.
Layoffs and furloughs
However, as things have begun to improve for some companies, HR and business leaders increasingly looked to information from Paycor on How To Rehire Furloughed Employees. All returning employees are likely to have lots of questions, so communicating what’s changed (and what hasn’t) regarding their place in the organization, their salary and benefits packages, and workplace safety, is a top priority for HR and business leaders.
As rates of unemployment increased this year, companies also required details around Understanding Employer Responsibility For Unemployment Benefits. Small businesses especially are not always aware of their responsibilities when it comes to filing or responding to claims—which can result in hefty penalties—so access to this information is vital.
For additional articles on the topics above, and much more, visit Paycor’s resource center.
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