Back in 2020 an HR blogger had a prescient moment, though he really had no way to realize this at the time. Finishing a long project on HR, he was wrapping up the series with a nod to the big changes he foresaw on the horizon. Then Covid-19 came and threw a gut-punch into everyone’s expectations. Remote work became the new normal. HR pros everywhere scrambled to adjust to a rapidly shifting, if not devolving business-scape. Today, the same blogger has a different worldview when it comes to HR, understandably. Racism has made diversity not a desirable but a necessary priority. Cloud access and better hardware are also not on the desirable list anymore. They too, are upgraded to essentials. The final essentials? Flexibility and adaptability. Where HR used to be strict in its parameters. It can no longer afford to do so. The big takeaway from the last two years? No one size solution is ever going to get the job done right.

Key Takeaways:

  • Blogger, Lars Schmidt, remembers a prescient moment, that happened in 2020, had he only had the wizard’s hat to know it them.
  • He was wrapping up a series on the topic of HR, extrapolating on how this industry would see change in the near future. Then Covid-19 hit the world.
  • Today, in 2022, Schmidt has a very different takeaway, noting that the one thing HR has learned in the last two years is that flexibility is key. No one size fits all approach is workable.

“The past two years have been a rollercoaster for the field of HR. We’ve been tasked with leading our organizations through a once-in-a-generation pandemic, designing and modifying (and modifying again) return-to-workplace plans, creating new “people ops in the cloud” remote models of working, and more.”

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