For members of HR departments and People teams around the world, the last year has been a test unlike any we could have imagined. It’s as if each employee’s social, emotional, and professional lives were put in a blender, and only the herculean efforts of united organizations—inside and outside HR—allowed us to start putting the pieces back together. There are, of course, many businesses big and small that were not able to withstand such widespread disruption, and many more that continue to struggle on both an organizational and individual level. We now live in a world where work and personal life have become synonymous. More than ever, HR and people leaders have a responsibility to help employees strike a balance between the two.
Using the following five elements as a guide, we can promote the overall wellbeing of our employees by connecting them to the resources they need to support themselves, and bring their most complete selves to work.