HR Post Covid
CommBox: “Everyone did their best to make Covid-19 work”
The company didn’t close its doors during Covid-19, but it still had to adjust to a life of social distancing and facemasks
“There was mobilization on the part of all parties both in the company and on the part of the employees to maintain a supportive work environment,” explained Michal Cohen, Commbox’s HR Manager. The company serves large private companies and governmental entities, and so it continued to operate normally during Covid-19, albeit with social distancing measures in place.“Everyone did their best to make it work. This year has brought us to create and strengthen the relationships we have built both professionally and personally,” she added.
As of today, we haven’t yet deployed any special or innovative software to manage our recruitment process, we do have future plans for this but as of now, we are managing the entire recruitment process internally e.g., email, phone, and meetings.
What positive and/or negative impact did the outbreak have on the human capital of the company?With the change and the move to the work-from-home model, there was some apprehension about how we would be able to manage employees remotely and how the staff would be able to coordinate their work. In addition, it was important for us to maintain the usual relationships with the employees and help those who have to cope with the “new normal.” But very quickly we learned to work together in capsules and remotely. There was mobilization on the part of all parties both in the company and on the part of the employees to maintain a supportive work environment. Everyone did their best to make it work. This year has brought us to create and strengthen the relationships we have built both professionally and personally. What are the two major challenges you are coping with these days? Bringing our work environment and employees all back to normal. There is a great accomplishment for all of us to return to full-time office work, but I anticipate that some employees will have to re-adapt and are currently working on creating a new routine in accordance with the situation. In addition, in the past year, we recruited about 30 new employees and because of the work-from-home and the work in the recruitment and absorption capsules, it took place remotely. The staff and managers excellently absorbed both socially and professionally the new employees and all, enlisted to assist in remote and office work. But in this situation, it turned out that I could not get to know all the new employees and even if the recruitment process is done remotely only now with the return to the offices, I am meeting the employees, so the other significant challenge is to produce an acquaintance process with the new recruits. Are you actively recruiting? If so, what is the process and where can the applicants find you? Yes, we are continuing to recruit more employees. The company continues to grow and we continue to recruit employees in the areas of development, sales, and customer management. Check out our open positions here. Which changes forced upon you by the circumstances will stay in place after Covid-19 is over, and which are you most eager to revert back to normal? These days we are returning to work from the offices and the goal is to produce a routine that suits the situation. I guess the distance and wearing masks will continue but fortunately, the offices are in Galil Yam and we have a large yard-space so that anyone who wants and feels more comfortable can work, hold meetings and eat in the open air. The thing we most want to implement right now is our employee welfare programs and hold joint social events. We will do this in accordance with the guidelines and as soon as possible.