The most precious asset of any organization are the people. Therefore the competencies dealing with people-related matters should be considered to be of the utmost importance.

HR professionals play a very significant role in companies. They are focused on people's safety, maintaining healthy employee relations, keeping corporate culture aligned with the organizational goals, providing opportunities for professional development, and taking care of many other people-centered issues. All these aspects contribute (invest?) to the image and reputation of the company and ultimately affect its economic position and competitiveness. 

Therefore, it is imperative that the top management direct their attention and provide solid support to the HR team. In order to fulfil their manifold mission and contribute to the company's well-being, competitiveness, and public image at the high professional level, HR specialists should be supported by the senior management with adequate:

      • Position and recognition (involvement in strategic planning at the executive level; special attention given to their work), and
      • Means (budget, administrative resources).

HR Leadership During Crises

HR professionals deal with people-related issues on a daily basis. For the rest of the organization, the importance of people matters become especially noticeable at the time of incidents and crises. We know that crises do happen. It is not a question of if a crisis will happen, but rather when it will happen. When people hear about all sorts of calamities, they inevitably turn to thinking about their own safety within the organization they work. Should a crisis happen, will I be safe? Will my managers take care of me? Will they be able to take care of me? These are the questions that cross their minds.

The HR department possesses the deepest knowledge of the employees’ needs, expectations, and concerns, and therefore naturally becomes a leader in solving and addressing their problems during a crisis. We want to make sure that the top management also recognizes those issues as being of the utmost priority, and does not leave the HR leader to face them alone during a disaster.

Solution from CoDimensions

Recognizing the specific requirements and needs of HR executives, CoDimensions offers a versatile tool for further development and enhancement of their competencies through the Immersive Crisis Exercise (ICE). It is a turnkey, fully-simulated experience with video inserts, live interactions, and an external simulation team, which creates a close-to-real environment with the purpose of immersing the customer's crisis management team in a lifelike practice of crisis management.

The value of ICE for HR executives is manifold. Here are some examples of such benefits:

      • Gain valuable experience of crisis management in a non-threatening way
      • Demonstrate the value of the HR team through their leadership in handling people-related issues in a crisis
      • Enhance HR significance and visibility
      • Develop practical crisis management skills as part of the Leadership Development program
      • Prepare competent successors for executives for a time of crisis
      • Build a team capable of managing crises
      • Elevate management support for the HR function
      • Create AT-CRISIS set of policies and succession plans
      • Harmonize global and local HR policies and procedures related to emergency and crisis management
      • Lead strategic initiatives and establish Crisis Management capability for your company
      • Fulfill the Board's expectation for management trained in Crisis Management competency.

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