Building a resilient HR practice

Creating core business strength for HR beyond Covid-19


At some point, Covid-19 will be behind us. We’re not there yet, but our preparations for a post-Covid world need to start now if our businesses are to find ways to survive and thrive.

How will the world of work will look, what will remain in place from this era and what will recede into the past? And crucially, what steps should we take to meet the challenges we face now and those we predict we’ll face in future? Now, at the start of 2022, the green shoots of some measure of recovery are just visible, but the demands are great.

How to meet them is the next frontier. We take a look in our major new Report on Building a resilient HR practice.


Building a resilient HR practice

In this report, we examine what’s just happened and how Covid has impacted workplaces worldwide and then take a look at how businesses might react to the new normal. We look at flexible working, protecting your employees’ mental resilience, how to protect the boundaries of your business with solid cyber security policies and practices and how you can ensure your employees develop the skills they need, not just for now, but for the coming years. And finally, how to protect the reputation of your business in this interconnected world.

What just happened?

Statistics say a lot about how COVID-19 has impacted the world of work.

How Covid-19 has impacted the world of work: some key statistics
Covid-19 has shaken us all. Most people are acutely aware that businesses have been dramatically affected by it, with many people having either lost their jobs or been placed on reduced work time. It’s also well known that the stress of this and other effects of Covid are leading to an increase in mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, and even PTSD. We look at some of the key facts, taken from studies conducted by supra-national bodies over the period and summarise the trajectory we have all been on.

Deepdive into our Report on business resilience

Scroll across the block below to see our insights on: flexible working, protecting employees’ mental health, ensuring cyber-resilience, upskilling employees and solidifying your reputation.

The new normal: flexible working
By flexible working, we mean all working arrangements that deviate from the traditional ‘9 to 5’, for five days in the office. This may involve part-time working, remote working, remote working for several days a week, working different hours, or other arrangements.
Protecting employees’ mental health
Employees are the core of a company’s success. Neither its capital, its premises, its newest machinery, nor even its leadership would mean much without a great workforce to drive it forward. And that means a workforce with core stability and slower staff turnover. In sum, a place in which people feel happy to stay and grow. Therefore, retaining employees over the medium and long term by making sure they feel fulfilled in their role is key. And part of that is about ensuring a healthy working environment – not just physically, but from a mental health point of view.
Ensuring cyber resilience
The vast increase in remote working since Covid-19 struck has elevated the risk of data breaches occurring. In a survey we did in 2021, we discovered that 1 in 10 of the clients we asked had experienced a cybersecurity incident as a result of increased technology use to support remote working. In this article, we take a look at how you can manage your cybersecurity risks.
Upskilling Employees
Many skills that are considered indispensable today were rare or unheard of a generation ago. The world of work has transformed over time, particularly with the advent of new technology. And the trend is set to continue.
Reputation and Ethical HR Practice
As we conduct more business online, the reputation of a business becomes harder to protect, and the consequences of reputation damage increasingly farreaching. An incident that happens in one corner of the world can be heard loud and clear on the other side of the world – and within milliseconds. Social media enhances the effect, as people voice their anger, invite their followers to do the same, and boycott products. And due to the nature of the internet, the incident can never be erased, never completely forgotten.

Podcast – Macro-economics and building resilience

How can businesses build back after Covid in a way that enables them to deal with the large-scale challenges ahead? Burkard Göpfert from our German law firm gives us some insights. We ask him what environment sustainability means for the practice of HR and find out about rules in some countries that require businesses to check the ethics of their supply chains.

Related insights

European Union
A guide to the EU Sustainability Reporting Directive
In 2022, the EU will adopt a directive that imposes sustainability reporting duties for larger companies, including on HR-related matters, making sustainability a core HR topic going forward.


Contact us

We are a group of partners from Ius Laboris law firms around the world and are delighted to have collaborated on our Business resilience project. Don’t hesitate to get in contact with us for more details – or just to have a conversation about what you’ve read.
Stefano de Luca Tamajo
Arnaud Teissier
Tiffany Downs
United States
Richard Miskella
United Kingdom
Burkard Göpfert
Sam Everatt
Executive Director
Markus Janko
James Davies
United Kingdom