With many challenges remaining for workplaces dealing with COVID-19 restrictions, AMMA continues to source insightful articles into the direction employers are taking and what changes might be here to stay.

Business as Usual No More: How Companies Are Adapting and Innovating Amid Disruption

Online platform business.com has published an article highlighting that employers can no longer operate the same way they have for years.

“Companies have also been forced to not only rethink norms when it comes to their employees but also to embrace a new vision of what a collaborative and productive workforce truly looks like,” the article states.

“If you think about other crises – natural or manmade disasters, sudden market shocks, even unexpected leadership changes – often they’re so fast-moving that we never really get a chance to reflect. We only have time to react, change and ‘get back to normal’.

“The coronavirus pandemic, since it is slow-moving, lasting longer, and hitting separate regions and cities so differently, has given us a chance to reflect on what we’re seeing – to test new ways of working and make some choices about what to carry with us as we go into recovery mode. In other words, to learn.”

The article delves into a number of topics, including:

  • There are universal aspects to this isolating experience
  • Need meets innovation
  • The rise of cloud technology
  • A more intimate view
  • A new way of working

Click here to read the article.

The search for meaning in work

The pandemic has turned the world upside down. With the nature of work in crisis, so how can HR help set things right?

This article which featured in HRM Online highlights how the COVID-19 pandemic has brought new esteem to many blue-collar jobs.

“Social distancing, panic buying and increased risk of infection saw delivery riders, shelf stockers and checkout assistants get hailed as resilient heroes engaging in dangerous work. But even as the work became more meaningful to society, did it become more meaningful to the workers?” the article says.

“Finding purpose in work is part of what it means to be human, so it’s not surprising that a whole area of academia has wrestled with questions like this.”

The article covers four main sections, including:

  • Four domains
  • Job crafting
  • Existential labour
  • A fundamental restructure

Should we rethink the five-day working week?

APG Workforce CEO Glenn Redman says Australian employers must rethink the need for their people to be sitting in an office five days a week. Instead, they should focus on what individual workers need to achieve without a set time allocated.

In an article featured in Human Resources Director Magazine, Mr Redman added that his organisation have employed many displaced workers, both skilled and unskilled, during the COVID-19 pandemic, and while some workers need to be in a particular location at an agreed time to complete their job, many do not.

For employers, it is a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to rethink how they manage their workforces as we emerge from the global pandemic, says Mr Redman.

“There’s been a major upheaval in many businesses with huge numbers of employees working from home and it’s proven that work can still be achieved with more flexibility for their people,” he said.