5 tips for HR: Employee communications during coronavirus outbreak

| March 17, 2020

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The new coronavirus pandemic is a historical event likely to reshape the future of work in both subtle and overt ways. HR leaders have a critical role in creating empathetic, open communication to address employee experience and prevent a drop in morale. For many workers, telework is new territory and that means HR needs to guide the transition and pay special attention to how the move is communicated. "HR needs to own the practice of remote work," said Daniel W. Rasmus, founder and principal analyst at Serious Insights, an industry analyst firm. "They need to facilitate the discussion about how people work, how measurements change, and lead collaboratively with IT to put the right toolset in place."

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Berkshire Associates is a human resources consulting and technology firm that specializes in helping companies build their ideal, balanced workforce. As an industry leader, we specialize in applicant management, compensation management, affirmative action, workforce planning, diversity, and professional training. Since 1983 we have serviced this nation’s most recognizable companies; and as a result we have mastered solutions that work for our clients. Through our expertise, we deliver results that successfully and continually work towards building a balanced and equitable workplace.

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