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overview: When COVID-19 first hit the U.S., company leaders rapidly moved to temporarily close their businesses and shift operations online, entailing a massive adjustment in the way workforces functioned. Today, HR leaders are working to ensure the smoothest and safest return to work possible — not just in the immediate future, but beyond. 


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There’s no question that the workplace will never quite be the same again. We’ve entered a new normal in which employee health and physical distancing will need to be at the forefront of every leadership decision. This is certainly a departure from the thinking that drove workplace interaction up until March 2020, where workplaces were changing to encourage more face-to-face collaboration, with many companies even tearing down walls in favor of open office plans.

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Jim Link
Jim Link

Jim Link

jim link is chief human resources officer of randstad north america