Coronavirus: The HR Leader’s Guide To Getting Things Done Remotely…

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by Alan Collins

As the COVID-19 spreads, working from home is the new reality for many folks in HR.

If your employer has unexpectedly shut down, you may feel lost as a Human Resources leader navigating remote work — especially if you’re new to the role — and you have an HR team and clients to manage. 

To help, below is an awesome, quick and dirty one-page guide that what you should do as an HR leader in managing your team,  if you want to be as productive as possible.

Note:  You can also find more information on working productively from home here.

DOWNLOAD it and KEEP it handy on all your devices (phone, laptop, tablet) so you can refer to it when you need it most.




To squeeze the most juice out this one-page cheat sheet:    

(1) Use it as a reminder of the key points to remember as you navigate working from home.  

(2) Keep it handy on your all devices (phone, laptop, tablet) so you can access it quickly for future reference.

(3) Share it with other colleagues you know who would welcome having this information. 

(4) Use it any way you want!

That said, here a quick recap of the content in this cheat sheet…  

Tip #1:
Ensure your team has needed tools.

Beyond their laptop and mobile phone, suggest to your folks that they have the following:

  • comfortable chair and desk.
  • headset for video conferencing (specifically a noise-cancelling one with a mute button.
  • Video conferencing capability (Skype, LiveMeeting or Zoom).
  • scanner, printer, copier.
  • And IT department phone support to access your company’s virtual private network (VPN) & any HR platforms and software.

Tip #2:
Keep them informed & in the loop.

Ensure your team members know what’s going on. To make this happen, you should schedule a daily 30-minute call to kick off the day and/or wrap up the day — or as an alternative, it could occur every few days …but at a minimum once a week.

During this coronavirus period, people are nervous about rumors, how the business is doing, what upper management is thinking, layoffs and other things.  So this means YOU need to stay in the loop on these things as their leader.

This means communicating more, emailing more, texting more.

Tip #3:
Set clear expectations & guidelines.

Don’t be shy about setting availability expectations with your team. Set up work-from-home guidelines, such as emails must be responded to within 24 hours, use text for urgent matters, and no calls between certain hours to make sure teammates are not working 24/7. Read more here…

This will help the team stay productive.

Credit: Success in HR

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