The gradual availability of coronavirus vaccines may not have diminished HR professionals' plans for remote work moving forward, according to data from a survey of HR leaders published by Gartner Dec. 15

"Of 130 HR leaders surveyed, 90% said their organizations planned to allow employees to work remotely at least part of the time even after a vaccine is widely adopted, and 65% said their organizations would continue to offer employees scheduling flexibility. Moreover, nearly one-third of 118 respondents said they would relax some protocols, such as mask-wearing requirements, once a vaccine is widely available..."

Human resources is contending with an upheaval to the traditional way of doing things by conducting interviews and onboarding online, and managing the emotional and mental state of staff.

"For many Americans, there was work, and there was home (with a commute in between). When COVID-19 swept across the country starting in March last year, all of that changed when millions went from brick-and-mortar offices into remote, work-from-home situations. Issues of immediacy were relegated to IT, which dealt with Wi-Fi and firewall issues, prioritizing. Theirs was not an easy task, but one so topically critical the bulk of the changes were addressed within the first few weeks..."

Although the challenge of employee burnout existed before the onset of the global coronavirus pandemic, employee wellness became a major concern for many employers in 2020. As the pandemic continues into 2021, employee burnout remains top of mind.

"For example, some workplace health experts in the U.K. are anticipating a "burnout spike" in January following the disruption of regular holiday plans, according to a recent report by Distinctly. Google searches in the U.K. related to burnout are expected to be greater in January 2021, with search terms including "signs of burnout" having already increased by 24% throughout 2020, the search marketing agency found. As many companies moved remote in response to the pandemic, some employees in the U.S. have even experienced video call fatigue, according to a recent Robert Half survey..."

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