Gone are the days when Human Resources just meant happy hours, policy violations, employee relations, benefits, and recruiting. With COVID-19 came a wave of change that many are still trying to wrap their heads around, but no one is feeling the weight of that change more than HR managers.
With workplaces and offices across the United States reopening their doors, HR managers have emerged as another frontline in the fight against COVID-19. Normal responsibilities such as workplace strategy, employee engagement, and talent development are being pushed aside for hand sanitizers, masks, COVID payroll policies, and ensuring a safe work environment.
The role of HR now includes acting as a diplomat, nurse, regulatory expert, HIPAA watchdog, and tech liaison.