By Albert Qian

While 2020 may have concluded, its challenges persist as HR leaders continue to navigate the new normal of the business world that includes managing the pandemic, re-hiring previously furloughed and laid-off workers, and positioning their workforce for the skills necessary to remain competitive. These priorities were clearly reflected in our top 10 list of the most viewed blogs, where remote work topics showed up five times, followed by steps that HR leaders could take to lead their workforce through uncertainty.

Without further ado:

10. Making Remote Working Work

As stay-at-home orders began to be issued, many office workers found themselves working at home for the very first time. Both worker and HR leader sought best practices, which Jason Richmond shared in a blog post that continues to be very relevant.

9. 5 Ways to Implement Effective Onboarding

The pandemic also changed how companies welcomed new employees, from creating a virtual and interactive experience to sending company swag. See what best practices you can apply.

8. How to Navigate Your Workforce through a Crisis

In the early days of the pandemic, we heard leaders describe the situation as “unprecedented” and “uncertain”, and who could blame them? Business decisions were tough to make with moments where literally nobody had any idea of what would happen next.

The Oracle Cloud HCM team had a front-row seat to the pandemic as we worked with our own customers to see what they needed. Among the developments included the HR Hierarchy of Needs, a model developed by Product Strategy Director Nancy Estell Zoder that explains what HR organizations need to thrive in the midst of crisis.

7. Welcome to 2020: Key Trends Driving HR Transformation

“Has there ever been a more exciting or challenging time to work in the HCM field?”, wrote Jason Richmond on January 2nd. While not the exact tea leaves for the year that would transpire, Richmond’s predictions would bear relevance, from the need to reskill the workforce to economic, social, and political challenges.

6. Oracle Invites HR Leaders to Discuss Changing Roles, New Challenges Due to COVID-19

New questions and challenges emerged as companies sought guidance on bringing their employees back into the office. To assist, Oracle teamed up with Deloitte to discuss how companies can create their recovery strategy. Learn more about the webinar and join our Oracle Customer Connect Community to connect with other HR professionals and see how they are navigating the pandemic.

5. 17 Actions HR Leaders Are Taking to Support Mental Health at Work

As workers logged on from home this year, the isolation also led to an increase in stress and mental health challenges that were discussed in our AI@Work Study. In response, many companies have begun to offer benefits to their workers that address these very issues at work, shared in this blog post.

4. The Remote Life: Navigating the Work From Home Culture

Before the pandemic hit, data showed that roughly 5% of workers with full-time jobs worked from home. With many now out of their element and needing to balance their families and children while continuing to work, longtime remote workers like Greg Jensen, Oracle’s Sr. Director of Security shared their tips on how to adjust.

3. My Top 5 Predictions for the Future of Work 2020

Though it’s another predictions blog written just before the pandemic changed everything, the insights of Emily He, SVP HCM Marketing still bore weight as the year went on. Conversational interfaces, AI in HR, and career mobility all saw their attention, though for different reasons than originally intended. Check out what some of the other predictions were as a time capsule to what could have been.

2. The Rise of Generation ‘R’

The future workforce will be returning to a post-pandemic world with new skill sets, beliefs, work ethic, and aspirations, wrote Shaakun Khanna, Head of HCM Applications—Asia Pacific early on in the pandemic. While the workforce has generally been known to be multi-generational based on birth year, new ways of work will create a new generation based on resiliency.

1. Six Ways to Show Appreciation When Your Team is Working From Home

Finally, working from home also means continuing to invest and engage in your workforce—even if face-to-face recognition of good work might be on-hold for a while. Jason Richmond shares his tips in the fifth and final appearance of remote work in this list, including highlighting work achievements and personal check-ins.

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Thank you again for joining us in 2020 as we navigated the COVID-19 pandemic. We invite you to stay tuned for more HR-focused content that will help your organization recover and thrive.

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