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When the first wave of corona virus-related lockdowns hit Europe in March 2020, we all had the impression it was a storm to be weathered: rough for a while, but one that would pass within a few months. But then, as much of Europe once again tightened restrictions amid surges in COVID cases, the realisation dawned that even now after the one year mark, this up-and-down situation may continue for some time. Vaccine distribution has started, but the reality is that they will take time to reach us all and for the pandemic to be considered truly over.
Here at CatalystOne, we started 2020 strong, like many companies did. Our plans for continued growth were somewhat derailed in March with the onset of the corona virus pandemic – along with the rest of the world, of course. But we found our feet again quite quickly as the demand for digital systems increased during lockdowns and remote work, and the second half of the year has been busy, to say the least.
How Kolonial.no rose to meet the pandemic challenge When Lars Due-Sørensen signed on to become Kolonial.no’s new People Business Partner in December 2019, he couldn’t imagine that by his first day of work in April 2020, he’d be tackling some of the biggest and most unexpected challenges the company had ever seen.
The coronavirus crisis has given us all pause. Things changed suddenly for everyone—individuals, employees and businesses alike. But it isn’t the only large-scale change of recent times, nor will it be the last. Some disruptions happen slowly, like the generational shift to a new workforce population, and some happen with a fixed deadline, like the GDPR. What these changes have in common, however, is that for businesses they bring both challenges and opportunities.
Following the release of our report, The Scandinavian HR-IT Report 2020, we recently ran a webinar that explored current access management and data security concerns. Our guest speakers were Ole Tom Seierstad, National Security Officer at Microsoft, and Arne Bergesen, Manager Architects at Crayon.
While parts of the Nordics cautiously reopen after three months of varying levels of lockdown, it’s a good time to look back and think about what worked and what didn’t, what could have been better, and what you would have put in place if you could go back and prepare your business for the challenges you faced.
We recently ran a live panel webinar exploring HR-IT collaboration in Scandinavia. This was the result of a survey and subsequent report we released back in March that focused on how IT professionals feel about HR in relation to their priorities, and about HR systems in general.
There’s a saying in show business: never work with children or animals. Well, that went out the window with our freedom of movement, didn’t it? Now, many of us are juggling work and sanity with home schooling and childcare, and the opportunities for both frustration and comedy gold are never-ending. Even though we at CatalystOne are old hands at digital work, we’ve had our own share of teaching moments since we took to our homes to practice social distancing. We thought it would be fun to share a few of our personal best to let all the parents out there know, you are not alone!
Coronavirus talk has dominated the conversation lately, which is completely understandable considering how much it has changed everyone’s lives so quickly. But, there’s a conundrum for those working at home that we also need to talk about: Where is the line between acknowledging the strangeness and moving past it to get on with our work?
The rise in confirmed cases of Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) across Europe has led to a sudden and drastic shift in working conditions for many. With authorities around the world recommending remote work wherever possible, the everyday working lives of millions have suddenly changed. Now, more than ever before, businesses’ ability to deploy flexible working conditions while trying to keep things running is being tested.