The Challenge for HR:

How to Make Your Vaccination Management Strategy Work

The Challenge for HR: How to Make Your Vaccination Management Strategy Work

Force Majeure: Every Business’s Worst Nightmare

The world of Human Resource Management is rapidly changing due to the recent pandemic. Due to populations being put into lockdown, thereby imposing financial constraints on business, many were forced to either furlough or let go of large numbers of staff during the crisis. As a result, most companies worldwide have shifted their workforces into more flexible remote working arrangements to manage the costs of maintaining physical workspaces.

Business analysts are at opposite ends of the spectrum of whether this new emphasis on flexibility regarding work-from-home situations will be beneficial or detrimental for the employers and employees of the commercial world and whether remote working is here to stay indefinitely.

While the current situation is indeed complex, many of the challenges faced by employers today can be overcome by understanding the fundamentals of managing what is most arguably every company’s most valuable asset: Human Resource. However, as many experts will say, this asset is highly subjective in nature and must be approached on a case-to-case basis.

Health welfare measures are now prime sources of concern for any HR department. Ensuring employees’ physical, mental, and emotional well-being allows companies to be as productive as possible during these difficult times.

In addition, measures such as social distancing, temperature sensors, and even viral test verification at building entrances allow for a safer work environment, especially since remote working may not be a possibility for several lines of businesses or industries.

Management is defined as allocating resources appropriately to carry out processes effectively and efficiently as required by business objectives. The biggest challenge is to strike a balance between cost efficiency and efficacy, or, in simpler terms, quantity versus quality.

The New Normal Work Environment

The COVID-19 pandemic became a catalyst for work environments to shift from office spaces to home working setups. The development of AI technology has accelerated changes in the demand of the workforce by enhancing and automating human processes. This lets companies focus on scaling their workforce capability and skillsets instead of volume. In addition, new regulations for workplace safety and worker healthcare have been implemented by governments worldwide.

These changes are just a small part of the chain reaction COVID-19 started in late 2019. Although humanity has successfully seen through creating a vaccine to counter the deadly virus, many of the additional adjustments made are now becoming permanent.

The shifts in workplace practices contributed by the pandemic are most visible in the increased demand for cleaner work environments, constant employee health checks, and “work-from-home” setups.

In the last two years, due to the effects of COVID-19, there has been more focus given to employee well-being on a larger scale.

Due to their duty of care to their staff, some organisations require employees to confirm their vaccination status. However, the difficulty is in doing so without invasion of privacy. For example, employees at Goldman Sachs need only confirm their vaccination status and the dates the health practitioner administered the shots without having to show proof of vaccination.


The Tech Behind Surviving a Pandemic

Several solutions are available to aid companies in centralising and organising employee healthcare data without compromising individuals’ privacy. For example, platforms such as Q-Link empowers organisations to manage, verify, and issue digital documents, medical tests, and data between approved stakeholders, responding to employers’ need for a confidential, secure, and verifiable vaccination management system for employees.

Technology has made the reality of remote working possible and even widely accepted as “normal,” with Zoom meetings and VPN connections becoming common commodities in the professional world.

Additionally, the need for individuals to travel for business is far from gone. In a generally germophobic present reality, contactless solutions are now what dominate the commercial world.

Digital health verification solutions for airlines enable the aviation industry to verify and authenticate medical tests, vaccination certificates in a matter of seconds and securely acts as an access control through contactless scanning and verification of identity.

Productivity’s Dependence on a Healthy Workforce

Remote work during covid-19 from GallupBy numbers alone, research from Stanford’s School of Humanities and Sciences reports that remote workers outnumber employees who report to a physical workplace two to one in June 2020. This isolation of employees in their home working environments has raised concerns towards employees finding it difficult to effectively separate work and home life, decreased social interaction, and teamwork between staff members.

Research from Gallup in April 2020 began with 31% of respondents working remotely in mid-March which grew to 62% by the start of April.

HR Departments are challenged to manage their employees’ physiological, mental, and psychological well-being due to the workforce becoming decentralised.

individuals increasingly working remotely

Technological innovations in healthcare and documentation management assist companies in monitoring their employees’ health and promoting and encouraging healthy lifestyle activities.

Most importantly, these tools allow organisations to manage risk levels their employees may be subject to in real-time.

The pace of the remote workforce development programs in organisations varies significantly from one company to another. And it became every general manager’s and CEO’s primary focus at the beginning of 2020.

However, while it’s definite that remote working is here to stay, employees express hesitation in staying at home working environments.

According to the Gallup research, 41% of workers would rather return to a physical office than continue working remotely.

Adapt to Evolve

In the hopes of catching up to innovations and business requirements, the COVID-19 pandemic has emphasised the need for leaders to remain level-headed under pressure and be quick to adapt to any situation. However, the bottom line is that, according to a study from Thrive Global, 75% of people surveyed report a significant negative impact on their daily lives since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Most companies around the globe are still far from providing the ideal work environment to their employees, especially in this precarious and unknown time. These times encourage technological advancements, and breed excitement and anticipation from a population struck with fear from the recent pandemic. This time in history showcases humanity’s resilience with hope for a healthier and better-prepared society in the future—evolution at work.

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