The human resources department in the past was just a place where complaints were filed and employee orientation was completed. However, even then, there were numerous incidents where complaints were not resolved or even addressed. HR is evolving significantly for the better for both the organization as well as employees. Many employees these days are standing up against inequalities and injustices in the workplace, especially today since the recent COVID-19 pandemic hit. This has also caused major labor agency departments like EBSHA (Employee Benefits Security Administration) and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) to change and improve their regulations, rules, and standards.
On January 29th, 2021, for example, new guidelines were launched by OSHA for workplace standards and practices to mitigate and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Due to COVID-19, guidance was also launched by EBSA for employee benefit relief plans. The human resources field is evolving into more than simply personnel. Companies are beginning to recognize the importance of employee satisfaction. However, major improvements still need to be made, including prioritizing people so they as seen as people and not as merely cogs in a machine. Human Resources are the connection between the company and the employees. They must be their protection and voice. Major to minor reports of misuse of power or sexual harassment must be taken seriously for the company’s health (physical and mental) and safety. Human resources overall are making significant progress and hopefully, over the next few years, there will be more improvements made.