As governments and companies combat COVID-19 with various measures, telecommuting is fast becoming the new normal for employees.
While it is nothing new for gig workers, freelancers and startups, for many employees at larger enterprises it is a significant change. For many, it was a novel approach to work.
But that novelty is now wearing thin as social distancing and lockdown measures drag on. And in Singapore, which is now experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases and is extending its “circuit breaker” measures, it can impact employees’ mental well-being.
“Many companies have rolled out their business continuity plans since late January and these needed to be constantly adjusted in response to government advisories and social distancing regulations. HR has found itself in the eye of the storm, directing the organization’s response, cheerleading their teams and sense-making with much uncertainty ahead,” says Mayank Parekh, chief executive officer at IHRP.
Employee engagement and performance startup EngageRocket is tying up with the Institute for HR Professionals (IHRP) and Singapore HR Institute (SHRI) is launching People Continuity Package to make it easier for CHROs to study how well their employees are coping.
“In light of the current measures, it is important that Singapore businesses collaborate to fight this crisis together. We would like to contribute as much as we can to help Singaporean companies transition effectively to compliance with the circuit breakers, and to minimize the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak,” says Leong CheeTung, co-founder and chief executive officer at EngageRocket.
The digital platform helps managers and HR leaders to monitor whether their employees are staying productive with real-time analytics. Data submitted will be anonymized and aggregated, offering CHROs a comparative view against industry benchmark data. It also doubles as a feedback platform for employees to share thoughts and concerns anonymously allowing employers to pick up tell-tale signs of depression, family issues and lockdown anxiety.
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