August 31, 2020

COVID-19: Employers, employees need convenient workplace policies — HR experts


By Elizabeth Osayande

Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor, International (Recruitment and Global Pathways), Aston University, Birmingham, Kathy Daniels, has charged human resources, HR, managers to deliberately create convenient workplace policies for employers and employees considering the impact of Covid-19.

She maintained that employers should always consider fairness and flexibility in this regard, and not make assumptions on behalf of employees.

She said this during the Special Human Resource Forum by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria, CIPM, where she spoke on “Learning from the Law: Critical Considerations on the New World Realities.”

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Daniels added that with the new reality, where most people work from home, HR managers should be able to create a balance with policies, regulations and staff handbooks to create a convenient workplace for everyone.

She said: “The law seeks to bring a balance between the employer and the employee. If there is a balance it would further make the employee satisfied at the workplace.”

President/Chairman of Governing Council, CIPM, Wale Adediran, in his speech, explained that today’s world of work has brought unprecedented legal intricacies, hence there was need for HR managers to learn how to navigate several nouveau complexities and risks.

He tasked HR managers on the need to have the knowledge and capabilities that would enable them make well-considered ‘legally-compliant’ decisions that balance employee and employer perspectives, as well as the interests and perspectives of other critical stakeholders such as the government.

He said: “The present reality makes it crucial for each and every one of us to constantly explore opportunities focused on making our workplace more agile in our strategic and tactical planning, and operational responses in this very volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous and highly disrupted world we live and work in today.

“As HR professionals, we are to lead and champion the required change management in our organisations as we continue our journey into the future. And we must do everything we possibly can to make that future bright and worthwhile for everyone.

“Indeed, much rests upon our broad shoulders. We carry the work, the worker, and the workplace.

“Let’s learn how to ‘do it right’ in order for us to keep creating, nurturing and enabling the success of the workforce and workplace of our dreams.”