Editor's message: As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues, HR is facing unique challenges when it comes to maintaining engagement and motivation among employees.
Many line managers will have found themselves as managers of remote teams overnight, while they themselves need to get to grips with working remotely for the foreseeable future. Others may be in the position of having to manage teams where long-term home working is not sustainable, or indeed, where the downturn in available work is such that some difficult choices - such as lay-offs or furloughing so as to access the Government's Coronavirus Job Retention scheme - need to be made and delivered to some employees.
While also working remotely, HR needs to continue to be responsive and proactive when it comes to supporting line managers as they grapple to maintain motivation and engagement among employees - at a time when many may have concerns about their health or the health of a loved one.
Noelle Murphy, senior HR practice editor
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