Different perspectives exist regarding the danger of the coronavirus known as ‘COVID-19.’ Some see it as a political threat, while others view it as a threat to the global economy. The vast majority sees it as a threat to humanity in general. Yes, it is a threat to civilization as a whole. We see economic giants rendered helpless, fighter jets and naval ships standing still, and everything that has been invented appearing powerless in the face of the specter of this grave threa
In the year 2007, the movie ‘I Am Legend’ was produced, starring actor Will Smith. This film depicts strange events that occur in a world where a dangerous virus spreads, transforming humans into a kind of undead creatures who cannot survive during daylight hours and emerge only at night. We see the protagonist of this film desperately trying to find a cure to save humanity from extinction, highlighting the anxiety, stress, and fear he experiences in his quest for survival and obtaining the basic necessities of life. On the other hand, his intense desire to find a cure for this virus eventually leads us to the heartwarming discovery that he sacrifices his own personal life in exchange for it.
How much we need a hero like this today, yet this hero is a fictional character, and the events of this movie are purely imaginary. This film does not exist in reality, and this hero exists only in the author’s book pages. Today, we are in great need of such a legendary hero.
Returning to this threat, countries are vying to assert their political power by providing aid to nations severely affected by this global pandemic. Despite these countries’ desperate need for assistance, the desire to dominate the world and impose political sovereignty remains a fundamental concern. It’s as if we will live with this issue for a lifetime, and this virus presented an unparalleled opportunity to exert unprecedented control.
As for those who possess hundreds of millions, or even billions of dollars, they believe they are safe from this virus as long as they can secure the basic necessities of life. It’s as if we’ve reached ground zero on Maslow’s hierarchy, where those who have the means are the winners. The saying of the Prophet Muhammad holds true during this crisis: ‘Whoever goes to bed safe in his dwelling, with a healthy body, and has his daily sustenance, it is as if the whole world has been gathered for him.’ In the midst of this crisis, they strive to increase their economic influence and wealth at the expense of others who are struggling significantly to secure their livelihoods. These individuals, along with their dependents, are on the brink of survival and job security, waiting for a helping hand to rescue them from the unprecedented crisis.
And the discussion here is about the losers in the face of this pandemic. Who are the losers in this pandemic: politicians, economists, the wealthy? Politicians, economists, and the wealthy make up no more than 5% of the world’s population. What about the remaining 95%? Yes, this majority that looks up to the sky every night, wondering what we will do and how we will overcome this pandemic. How will we fill the empty stomachs that depend on us so greatly? Some turn to God Almighty in supplication, following the guidance of our noble Prophet. Others seek solace in the deity they worship, while some remain lost, unsure of where to turn.
The crisis is not a financial, economic, or even a medical crisis. Yes, it’s a virus that requires treatment to save the world, not just a specific country or region. However, the crisis is a moral one. How so? A moral crisis? Yes, let’s take our beloved country, Jordan, as an example. The government has implemented a series of measures to protect our nation from this pandemic, including laws aimed at protecting citizens and the economy alike. But how we deal with this crisis depends on the health and purity of our morals. I’m talking about the majority of the working class.
Yesterday, a friend of mine called me to ask for advice on terminating the services of employees to cut down on company expenses. Unfortunately, as is often the case, the human resources department is the first to be cut when reducing costs. This places the burden on the Jordanian government to deal with these individuals and find effective solutions to ensure their livelihoods.
My friend, as the head of the HR department, could have offered many solutions before resorting to terminating the employment of those workers. However, he chose to safeguard his own job instead of letting go of many working hands, considering them expendable and replaceable once the crisis is over. Do you know why we are facing a moral crisis and not just a medical one or any other?
This virus has not been able to kill a quarter of the people who have died in Syria, for example, or equal the number of people killed in traffic accidents. Yes, there are many deadly viruses that we see and don’t try to find the reasons for. They don’t concern us or affect our daily lives, and we continue as if nothing has happened. As the poet Mahmoud Darwish said, ‘The dead are just sleeping people.’ They are nothing more than statistics or numbers that pass us by.
It may seem that this introduction has no relevance to human resource management, and that this is just a reflection or thoughts to fill idle time. However, I would argue that the solution to this crisis lies solely in proper human resource management practices, whether at the level of companies and small organizations or at the level of nations as very large organizations.
What distinguishes human resource management as a field is its adaptability to every time and place. It responds to urgent circumstances that call for human minds with good intentions to solve human problems. These solutions start from the core of small businesses and extend to the highest-level organizations. I believe in the idea that peaceful management of individual organizations will collectively lead to a comprehensive solution that makes it easier for everyone to overcome this crisis, which has touched the hearts of all people residing on this planet.
What can the human resources department offer during this crisis? The roles and responsibilities of the human resources department are diverse, and this crisis presents an opportunity for HR professionals to apply the concepts they have acquired through their work experience, using the knowledge and skills gained in practice to effectively address the challenges at hand.
Recruitment is one of the fundamental functions of the Human Resources department, and it integrates with other HR functions to form a comprehensive unit aimed at providing the best services to organizations and their employees.
Recruitment is defined as the procedures used to provide the company with employees from both internal and external sources through a series of recruitment and selection processes that ultimately aim to identify the best candidate for the vacant position.
Usually, companies establish a set of policies and procedures for each aspect of recruitment: sourcing, selection, and hiring. These policies provide a framework for HR professionals, whether from within the HR department or outside, to follow.
Under normal circumstances, the recruitment process is executed smoothly and includes the following steps:
Finally, the implementation of either of these approaches relies heavily on the competence and professionalism of the individuals working in the Human Resources department to achieve the organization’s specific interests.
This paper addressed the impact of the pandemic on organizations without considering the need to take into account the human aspect. It summarized some of the actions taken by organizations in the Jordanian market without any ethical or professional considerations. Their main driving force was how to exploit the pandemic to achieve the organization’s long-term goals, even though they were aware of the costs associated with such actions.