The people profession is on the front line of helping organisations adapt and respond to the coronavirus crisis, whilst also having to adapt to different circumstances and ways of working themselves. These challenging times also seem to be bringing out the best in people – be it generously sharing materials, expertise, time and perspectives or making small but important gestures to keep friends and colleagues motivated through these difficult times.

Do you have great stories to tell about how HR teams are working, the ways they are responding, making the right decisions in tough circumstances and supporting your organisations and people in positive ways? Perhaps it’s individuals who’ve gone above and beyond to support employees during the coronavirus crisis, working tirelessly to ensure people can work remotely for the first time.

The CIPD and People Management magazine are inviting our worldwide community of HR, L&D and other people professionals to use #HRtogether to share stories of teams, individuals and independent practitioners who are working hard to put people first in these challenging times.

Peter Cheese, CIPD Chief Executive, comments:

‘The coronavirus outbreak is challenging organisations and people everywhere, forcing us to rapidly adapt and rethink priorities. But it’s also reminding us of what good work means to us; not only to provide financial security, but also a sense of purpose and belonging. The crisis has forced many changes in how we work and how we better understand and support our people. Changes which in many ways needed to happen and should endure. It has also reminded us how much we all rely on the work of others – be it healthcare professionals, retail staff, delivery drivers or the myriad other key workers that are risking their lives to keep the rest of us healthy, fed and safe.

‘I’m proud to see the dedication of HR teams around the world who are working hard behind the scenes to help their organisations adapt, balancing huge shifts in demand with supporting the workforce. They’re working through the many different options and ways of protecting workers and their organisations to be in the best position to recover and rebuild as the crisis abates, or in some cases to rapidly scale up in essential sectors and parts of the workforce where demand has grown. They are also trying to make the right decisions legally, financially and ethically.

We want to say a big ‘thank you’ to the hard-working HR teams who are putting people first, as well as show the rest of the world what our profession is made of and where our priorities lie. This crisis is going to be a huge test for business agility and will bring new meaning to the idea of ‘good work’ that the CIPD community has supported for so long.’

We hope to receive nominations for the #HRtogether campaign via TwitterLinkedIn or Facebook. See Stories from the people profession to find out how organisations from different sectors and industries have responded and adapted to the COVID-19 crisis.

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