Should We Fire Him Over The Phone? Adapting in the times of COVID-19

Should We Fire Him Over The Phone?
Adapting in the times of COVID-19
By Gifty Parker

Firing employees can be one of the toughest tasks a manager faces, and can present further challenges when the manager is also faced with the current “virtual workplace” due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Termination during this new reality can be even more complicated when organizations have to manage unskilled workers with limited technological proficiency.

With today’s workforce being forced into remote work by today’s rapid, worldwide spread of the novel coronavirus, many companies are finding themselves struggling to manage the terminations and offboarding of employees with the new “virtual” way of doing things. As an HR professional, my intent when firing someone is to always remain compassionate, to empathise when the termination is resulting from a redundancy, and to make terminations more human and humane. But this new reality makes the old way of doing things bygone.

In curbing the spread of COVID-19, virtual communication provides people with the possibility to self-isolate and self-distance. Virtual communication can also get muddled, and trust and collaboration can suffer when workers are siloed. In the opinion of many, it can be perceived as the wrong medium for terminating employees.

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How to engage your Modern Workforces

The increasing war for talent, skills gaps, ever-evolving employee expectations, and an increasingly competitive business landscape, has caused employers to rethink other mechanisms to retain their top talent. There is the need for a mindset shift on engagement to include…
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Understanding the Relationship Between Student Engagement & Instructional Strategies within an English Business College for Non-Native English Speakers. By GIFTY PARKER

Student engagement for adults is an increasingly important focus of study, for instructors, administrators, and adult learning institutions more broadly. Leach (2016) opined student engagement to be “important to further and higher education institutions: it is understood to be a proxy for quality teaching and governments attach a proportion of funding to student retention and completion” (p. 24). An adult learning academy like GBC, where I teach as a business instructor for foreign students, is seeking diverse ways of ensuring adult students are engaged in the classrooms, from selecting the right instructional tools, confirming expertise of teaching, and also fostering the emotional well-being of both teachers and students

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What best defines the HR mindset for you?

The HR mindset for me is one that encompasses change and promotes growth. From the introduction of HR, the demands and requirement of businesses have changed and will continue to change, subsequently evolving a fast need for new ideas and thinking.

As HR professionals, this means more focus on adding worth to the profession, from the entry-level practitioners to senior executives, as we each in our own unique way, reinvent HR—beginning with a change in thinking.

We need a shift from a fixed mindset to one of growth—to take proactive measures to broaden our skills and perspectives, while creating learning opportunities and institutions that can promote a learning culture. Lastly, HR professionals should embrace every opportunity to bring about transformation in their way of thinking, and provide a more meaningful and continuous contribution to HR. GIFTY PARKER
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Corporate Training Programs

Corporate Training Programs are useful tool for managers, senior management teams, their subordinates, and covers a wide range of topics. We are there with our clients from setting Training Needs Assessment. To designing a toolkit (presentations, seminars, workshops, regular assessment, exams, and so on), to delivery and evaluating training programs (Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses).Read more...

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Connecting Mindfulness with Emotional Intelligence in Adult Population. By GIFTY PARKER

Identifies and explores some of the emerging research topics that assist in connecting Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and Mindfulness in the adult population. In so doing, I will map the connection between EQ and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in the field of education. The identified research articles will provide evidence on the role of EQ and mindfulness promised in managing workplace demands… Read more Read more

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