HRNZ, the national body of HR professionals surveyed their members in the final days of Alert Level 2 to find out if new ways of working were likely to survive as businesses moved to Alert Level 1.
In terms of strategies to maintain culture during lockdown, the most common initiatives reported by respondents were:
More regular team meetings 67%
Regular one on one check ins with all staff 51%
Regular communications from leaders to update staff 76%
Polls or surveys to check staff sentiment 48%
New well-being tools and resources 43%
Social catch ups with teams via video 61%
A more holistic approach to considering employee needs 41%
And the most likely changes members thought that would be continued were:
Use of virtual meetings 91%
Working remotely – flexibility of where people work 82%
New approaches to communications within teams and across the organisation 66%
Contact tracing people entering the workplace 45%
Although 82% of respondents said their organisations had plans to continue with remote working to at least some extent, the responses indicated that businesses were unlikely to see a rapid move to wide-scale remote working practices. Major challenges to wholesale change to remote working were considered to be:
Nature of work we do 50%
Health and safety obligations 35%
Leadership commitment 31%
Technology investment or connectivity for remote workers 28%
Changes needed within employment agreements 4%
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