Level Up at the Revolutionizing HR Practices Round Up

In this episode of Level Up, HR Leaders confer on our current work situation and discuss challenges to employee engagement. The importance of keeping employees engaged is explained by Mikel Balansag, CEO and Managing Partner at Circa Logica Group, he mentioned that “Creating a platform, an activity that involves everyone regardless if home-based or office-based. Everything is impacted by the level of engagement of the employees of the company regardless of the situation. Engaged employees will definitely do more and more is always good for business. It impacts everything, employees morale, fears that they might have and the growth of the business as well.”

What can we do to keep employees driven given that options are limited due to hybrid work circumstances? 

They all agree that building a sense of community addresses these anxieties from the employees from the lack of human touch that we are all experiencing now. HR leaders must initiate activities that involve everyone on a deeper level. At this point, employees are looking for a sense of community that enables them to feel invested in each other, and turn the organization.

“In terms of dealing with uncertainties in the business, it is best to keep everyone in the loop on what’s happening to the business.” Eppi Legaspi, Head of Human Resources, Hospitality Innovators, Inc. shares the challenges the hotel industry has endured over the past 2 years. She tells us about their efforts to keep employees upbeat through interactive learning sessions where teams share challenges and solutions. 

Leaders must understand the situation of the employees. According to Patt Soyao, Founder and Managing Director at Icon Executive Search. “Managing the expectations of everyone is the key to making this virtual/hybrid work setup succeed.” Both employees and leaders should control their actions and ensure they will not feel bad when deliverables were not responded to after working hours. 

Fleur Saguid, VP, People at Uploan, highlighted that to keep employees encouraged during this situation,  “Besides our regular surveys we have also been doing some “Kumustahan” we have representatives from People Operations team reach out randomly to employees just to get to know how they are so they’ll have insights that we can’t capture on surveys”.

Vanson So,  Country HR and Head of People Central at Canva added that “Genuinely asking “how are you” should be more than just a meeting opener. Deliberately investing time and emotional energy to know what’s going on with your people’s lives.”

This episode made us realize that preserving a sense of community addresses anxieties that the employees have from the lack of human interaction in the current work situation. As HR leaders, be a gamechanger and  initiate activities that involve everyone. These will help address fears, build morale and keep your team motivated in their work.