Wellbeing of Employees During COVID-19 Pandemic: A Study of Innovative HR Practices of Organisations

Date01 December 2021
Published date01 December 2021
Subject MatterArticles
Wellbeing of
Employees During
COVID-19 Pandemic:
A Study of Innovative
HR Practices of
Neetu Jain1 and Shilpee Aggarwal2
The whole world has been battling through the COVID-19 pandemic which
has resulted in the prevailing global crisis. There has been an adverse impact
of this pandemic on economic, physical and psychological/mental wellbeing of
the people. Many researchers have found that COVID-19 related anxiety is
leading to psychological and behavioural changes. Most reported psychologi-
cal changes are depression, psychological distress, worry, anxiety about being
infected, subjective wellbeing and reduced quality of life. These behavioural and
psychological changes are reducing the effectiveness of the workforce which is
eventually taking a toll on the overall productivity. Several organisations have
implemented a number of strategies to deal with the unforeseen challenges
faced by their employees. These interventions have helped the employees
restore their mental wellbeing. This article attempts to identify and underscore
some important HR initiatives that organisations have taken to maintain and
enhance the motivation of their workforce during this COVID-19 pandemic.
HR practices, COVID-19 pandemic, employees’ wellbeing, anxiety, welfare,
human resource management, HR interventions
Indian Journal of Public
67(4) 573–586, 2021
© 2021 IIPA
Reprints and permissions:
DOI: 10.1177/00195561211057383
1 Indian Institute of Public Administration, Delhi, India.
2 Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Management Studies, Delhi, India.
Corresponding author:
Neetu Jain, Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi 110002, India.
E-mail: drneetujain76@gmail.com

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