Anyone else wish they’d paid more attention during all those VUCA discussions?
First, we need to adapt to get through this crisis
Depending on your industry, you are handling a range of layoff, furlough and new work design challenges, at the very least. Unless you are dealing with a huge recruiting surge, of course. Not many people are experiencingno change, unfortunately. For the jobs that are not lost or furloughed, these are a few of the most common adaptations talent professionals are dealing with:
Sick leave, employee health and protection:The number one issue. With legal, social, ethical and personal impacts, how employers treat the pandemic aspect of this crisis (as opposed to the economic ones) is critical.
This is the mother of all periods of rapid change for talent professionals, and some teams are better equipped to handle rapid change than others. Adapting to change is not new, but it is all too often driven reactively (such as, ahem, in a crisis)rather than proactively. And yet, there are a lot of other things we will need to be adapting to soon enough.
Adapting for the next few years
Here are a few of the major changes we need to be adapting to in the next few years, some driven by coronavirus, some by megatrends.
More Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: This trend was already in play across HR and especially recruiting, and now that we’re doing more virtual, being more agile in recruiting, and we have fewer people, the rise of AI and ML will get a boost. You’ll need to be more ready, and moving faster. PS: Use this time to get your data ready, please!
Accelerating Automation: I’ll write separately about this (it’s close to my heart), but you can bet cash money that as employers look at their business right now they are seeing the surest way to reduce the impacts of a pandemic is to have fewer humans. Automation will move fast.
*Personal anecdote on remote working: So many workers have quickly transitioned to remote work recently that when the monitor on my very well worn work at home workstation up and died 3 weeks ago and I had to buy a television to replace it because no brick/mortar store had ANY monitors left and the wait time for delivery was long. And I am in a major city!