Nearly all aspects of workplace operations have changed over the last 18 months. Now that some companies are slowly emerging on the other side, trends are impacting how HR leaders are addressing the new ways of working.
Perhaps one of the most popular trends is the shift to hybrid work models, which refers to combining both remote and in-person work arrangements.
While some organizations that have adopted this policy may be strict about how often workers should be in the office, others are providing them with more flexibility.
Whatever the case is, HR leaders must be ready to communicate and clearly answer questions from employees about this arrangement. This may include a return-to-office timeline, Covid-related office procedures, and more.
Another trend that has emerged is the expansion and distribution of the workforce. Because remote working has become so embraced, employees are finding this to be an opportune time to migrate elsewhere for various reasons.
As a result, HR leaders may find themselves offering their expertise and working with professionals from all over the world.
Even more, all of these moves means tax compliance risks are increasing. In fact, a survey from global talent mobility firm Topia saw that only one-third of employees provided their HR departments with a complete accounting of their new location.
Since employers must withhold state taxes from where employees actually work, they could run into tax penalties if they incorrectly withhold taxes from employees who did not report an address change.