#TalentEverywhere | Newsletter, October 2020

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Is Work From Home here to stay ?

The Covid-19 virus and the resultant pandemic has blown the lid off many existing systems, structures and processes in our day-to-day lives as we knew them. Almost overnight, the world saw a near-instant, unprecedented shift to working from home- a privilege that was mostly prevalent in the IT sector and even then, extended very conservatively. For most companies in the non-IT sector, this has definitely been a first.Companies, big and small, have been forced to question the concept of physical office space and thoroughly evaluate the pros and cons of having their employees work from home from a long-term perspective. Has the Covid-19 virus altered the workplace as we knew it forever? Possibly. N Ganapathy Subramaniam, COO of Tata Consultancy Services, for example, recently commented that they do not need more than 25% of their staff present in the office to be a 100% productive.

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I hope you enjoy this newsletter that my brilliant team at Orcapod has put together for you. We’ve curated a couple of articles from leading publications across the world to keep you updated on the latest ongoings in the world of human resource management and talent acquisition. Do let us know what you think!

Trends that will make an impact on staffing in post-COVID19

Even as businesses across the world stagger to their feet as economies unlock, the Covid-19 pandemic, along with bringing its various challenges and uncertainties has dismantled existing work structures and brought about some tectonic shifts in the workplace. This article explores what it will be like to recruit in “the new normal”. It discusses how the pandemic may have paved the way for more advanced HR technology, project-based hiring, digital hiring and onboarding and also e-learning and virtual training.
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Diversity hiring in India climbs to 32% in 2020

The question never gets old- why aren’t there enough women in senior leadership roles even today? The various cultural and social movements in recent times closer home and abroad, such as the ‘Black Lives Matter’ in the United States or a small but significant wave of the ‘#MeToo’ movement that India witnessed in 2019, has forced companies to work towards building a more diverse workforce. Well, India seems to have got the memo. Read this article for some great news!

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Private companies in India can now convert permanent jobs into fixed-term contracts – without offering severance pay or a fixed tenure

The Modi government has made significant changes in labour laws in recent times. One of the more significant changes that were announced earlier this month, was that private companies can now convert permanent jobs to fixed-term contracts. Will this be a boon for employers? What does this new reform mean for employees? This article covers all bases objectively.

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