Virus Woes: Nine Out Of 10 Firms Facing Staff Shortage, Finds Study

Covid-19 has not only hit the economy but has also severely impacted movement of people, goods and services. The pandemic’s impact is so extensive in India that findings of a recent survey reveal that more than a whopping 90% of the organisations covered were either facing employee shortage or expecting to witness one soon.

The findings form part of a joint study by Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) India and Kronos India. The study, Workforce Management Reset, explores challenges faced by organisations due to Covid-19. It surveyed 223 chief human resource officers, HR heads, etc.

“More than 90% organisations see a workforce shortage already or expect one over the coming months, primarily arising out of temporary migration of labour and quarantine and isolation norms,” the study revealed.

Comparatively, attribution of this shortage to permanent migration of labour is significantly lower, and it may be inferred that this shortage may only create a short-term impact, it added. The survey said over one-fourth of the respondent organisations attributed absenteeism as a contributing factor to workforce shortage. Of these, 78% were from the manufacturing and 67% were from the services sector. They also identified employee health and safety as a key challenge for workplace staff.

Source: Financial Express

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