Human Resource Management Practices in Times of the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Department of Management at AU currently investigates how Nordic HR practitioners experience the COVID-19 pandemic to study organizational responses to a crisis from a people management perspective.
The International Labour Organization (ILO, 2020) outlines that COVID-19 will negatively affect the world of work in quantitative and qualitative terms. Organizations around the world adapted their people management approaches over the past weeks. Remote work, reductions in work hours, cuts in training and development activities or a ban on recruitment are only a few examples. But what about supporting activities that help to keep up performance or foster collaboration and communication in times of remote work?
Previous research underlines that HR practitioners can play a central role in supporting practices to improve business performance in times of a crisis (Gunnigle, Lavelle, & Monaghan, 2019). Yet, limited research investigated concrete practices. Taking up on this notion, the Department of Management at Aarhus University (ranked among the top 100 universities worldwide – https://international.au.dk/) is conducting a research project on people management practices, which are outlined in the HRM literature as supportive to employee and firm performance. We aim to understand questions such as: What activities are in focus during the current crisis? How does top management support the efforts from an HRM perspective? Does the HR manager’s proactive behaviour have an impact on the activities carried out?
If you are working with those topics in an organizational context, we are very interested in learning more about your current situation. How to adapt HRM practices in times of COVID-19 is a dominant question for organizations around the world with great implications for employees and managers. Your answers will help to shed light on the decisions organizations took in times of COVID-19 and provide important knowledge for the future.
Participate by using 8-10 minutes on survey
You can find the the survey here.
Who are we?
We are a research team from the Department of Management, specialized on Human Resource Management. If you have any questions, comments or feedback, feel free to reach out to us.