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COVID-19: All the resources you need to survive and succeed

This page includes links and summaries for all the resources – including email and policy templates, insightful articles, and everything else – that can be useful for those looking for solutions and insights in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

NOTE: Check back often – this page will be updated regularly with new content.

On-demand webinar – Going remote: Best Practices for HR & Recruitment
Still figuring out ways to move your team in a fully virtual work environment? On March 25, Workable hosted a webinar with HR experts from remote-first companies who will share their experiences hiring, organizing, and managing remote teams. If you missed the live event, we’ve got you covered. Watch the recording and learn from those at the front lines.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Company Policy Template
Every company is impacted to some degree by the COVID-19 pandemic – and therefore, every company needs a clear, dedicated policy to ensure all employees are on the same page. This COVID-19 company policy template will help you get started.

Coronavirus COVID-19 email templates from HR to staff
Your colleagues and employees are understandably on edge about the pandemic. You can use this series of email templates – each email scaled to the severity of the pandemic in your region – to get a head start and help your team feel reassured that you and your management have their back.

Your coronavirus HR response plan: 10 things to know
If you feel like you’re scrambling to get everything organized in the face of the pandemic, you’re not alone. Many other companies are in the same boat as yourself. We got insights from a few of them on their experiences and recommendations and we now have 10 things for you to know as you build out your own response plan.

Crisis management in the workplace: the role of HR
The COVID-19 pandemic is putting the onus on HR departments worldwide to go the extra mile in supporting nervous employees and staying up to date with ongoing changes and policies. Workable’s Director of People Operations Katerina Drakouli shares her insights and useful tips on how to effectively respond to these unprecedented circumstances.

Your COVID-19 business continuity plan: Tips from Workable’s COO
Financial crises can be scary, especially if you’re new to this. It’s normal to worry about the future of your business. Workable’s COO Grigoris Kouteris has been there before, in the crash of 2008. In this article, he shares his tips and insights on how to create a business continuity plan to survive and benefit in the long run.

COVID-19 business actions: Top 9 things companies are doing
What can you do as a business to get through these hard times? Act? Stay idle? Learn what other companies are doing and adapt their strategies to your own business needs.

COVID-19: Workable CEO Nikos Moraitakis’ message to employees
If you’re a business leader, it’s important to remain calm, patient, and proactive in these uncertain times. Communicate with your staff regularly to boost employee morale and keep everyone on the same page. Read this message Workable CEO Nikos Moraitakis sent to staff to keep employees’ spirits up and share tips on how to remain productive and optimistic during this unprecedented crisis.

COVID-19: 5 short-term digital workplace best practices
Going fully remote is one of the most popular responses companies have for dealing with the spread of COVID-19. This means working almost entirely in a digital environment – whether that means meetings, recruitment, handling finances, notetaking, etc., there’s a digital solution for it. These five digital workplace best practices will help you get on top of those challenges and ensure a smoother transition.

Go internal: 7 tips to take advantage of a business slowdown
‘If you don’t go within, you go without’. The current economic crisis is serving up numerous pain points to many businesses. At the same time, it’s offering the opportunity to many business leaders to shift their focus to improving internal operations and processes. This tutorial offers seven tips on how to make the most of your business slowdown.

The importance of business agility during the COVID-19 crisis
How are businesses adapting to employee and customer needs during a crisis? How important is business agility when facing the consequences of a financial downturn? Learn more in this article.

General workplace content

Best tech tools for the virtual workplace
There are loads of digital tools out there to pick from while transitioning to a fully remote workplace. But which ones are the best for your business needs? We’ve pulled together this comprehensive list of useful tools for every business purpose so you can continue to succeed as a business in a virtual environment.

Digital transformation: how to ensure it won’t fail
Whether it’s required in the short term or planned for the long term, a full virtual transformation can be a whole new territory for you. Many changes are required and might alter the way you do business altogether. No worries – you’ve got this. In this article, you’ll find important change management practices and how you can effectively implement them, even through these uncertain times.

Work From Home Policy Template
Don’t have a work from home policy or want to update the one you have? This template will help you get started. This comes with a downloadable document that you can alter to your company’s specifications.

Employee Remote Work Policy Template
With border shutdowns and flight bans in place, it’s to be expected that some employees may be working out of hotels or guest locations for a period. This template will help you build out a policy to address this.

Working from home tips (WFH) email template
When onboarding remote employees, share work-from-home tips and set company expectations. You can also share those tips with your existing teams as they transition to a fully remote workplace. Send these tips via email or hand out a checklist to help employees remain productive and equipped to continue delivering best results.

What is telecommuting?
Unsure what all this remote work business is all about? We’ve got that covered too – everything you need to know about remote work, also known as telecommuting, is covered in this HR Term.

Hiring content

Remote job interview questions
The reality of working in a digital environment as a result of COVID-19 – or any other reason, really – is that your hiring process is increasingly going fully virtual. The plus side is that you can now hire in other locations since you can reach candidates anywhere around the world. But how can you determine when a candidate is a good fit for a remote position and when they’re not? These questions will help you.

Online interview questions template
How much do online interview questions differ from questions you ask during on-site interviews? Well, not a lot, but you can have a more detailed look at this template. Make sure to check red flags, too.

Remote employees onboarding checklist
Congratulations – you’ve just made a remote hire. But the work doesn’t stop there. You have to onboard them; once again, a challenge particularly as you and your colleagues may not actually meet that new hire in person right away. This checklist will help you ensure a structured and uniform onboarding when hiring remote employees, to set them up for success in their new role.

How to attract, hire and retain remote employees
Yes, sourcing and hiring remote workers can become challenging, especially if you’re relatively new to this. This tutorial includes the best practices to succeed in it; from attracting remote employees to retaining them.

Pros and cons of one-way video interviews for candidate screening
Again, going fully virtual with the hiring process will run into some bumps along the road. Here, we take a look at the pros and cons of one-way video interviewing – in other words, you send candidates the questions and they respond with recorded answers. However, just because we’re saying there are cons to one-way video interviews doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do them – in fact, it helps to know what the cons are so you can have greater success with Workable’s video interview feature.

Video interview: Best tips for employers
If you’re new to the idea of video interviews as part of the recruitment process – or just need to brush up on your expertise to set yourself up for success in virtual hiring – this detailed piece will help address everything you need to know and were afraid to ask.

Video Interview Software: Definition and Key Features
This HR Term will help you have a better understanding of the key benefits and features of video interview software – and includes a quick definition of what it is so you can explain to your supervisor what it’s all about and why you need it to succeed in hiring.

Live video interviews: best practices for interviewers
If you’re not familiar with conducting live video interviews, it’s normal to feel lost in translation – and logistics, too. How will you test your equipment? Will you be able to stay on schedule? This step-by-step guide explains how to prepare for two-way video interviews from scratch, including tips for effective candidate evaluation.

Best video interview tips for candidates
Video interviews may be new territory for you – it’s new to some candidates as well. Put yourself in their shoes; when you receive an invitation for a video interview for the dream job you have applied for, you want to ensure that everything will go without any problems. Read these best video interview practices and prepare to shine.

Screening applicants: best methods and handy tips
This essential tutorial on screening applicants may cover all aspects of screening, but it’s the video interview part that you should read up on. Not only does it succinctly explain why video interviews are fantastic assets for recruitment, it also offers quick definitions of one-way and two-way video interviews to help you get a strong understanding of each.

Video Interview Invitation Email Template
Now that you’re all set to carry out one-way or two-way video interviews, you need to be able to communicate to candidates in such a way that they’re willing participants in this part of the process. This video interview invitation email template will help you get started on that correspondence.

Skype Interview Invitation Template
If you prefer to conduct video interviews via Skype, you can alternatively use this Skype interview invitation template. Make sure to mention the date and time of the call (including timezones!) and remember to mention the name(s) of the interviewer(s).

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