Workforce Development Faculty Edit Special Journal Dedicated to Career Changes After COVID-19
From left to right, professors Claretha Hughes and Yuanlu Niu and doctoral student Shana Yarberry.
As essential workers took center stage during the COVID-19 pandemic, University of America professor Claretha Hughes noticed a link to her research on valuing people and technology on the workplace.
Hughes, who teaches in the Human Resources and Workforce Development program, reached out to his colleague Yuanlu Niu and other academics in the field whose research might support his topic of helping workers find their way. adapt to the changing career environment.
The collaboration resulted in a special issue of Advances in human resources development, a SAGE review, titled “How COVID-19 is Changing the Reality of Career: Ways to Navigate Career Paths”. Hughes and Niu edited the special issue. They also wrote the preface to the journal volume as well as the concluding article titled “Responding to career development uncertainties and successfully navigating career paths”. It will be released in August, but it is currently available for reading online.
The special issue offers advice to human resource development professionals and employees on a variety of topics including psychological anxiety, how to engage workers, maintain hope, women’s roles / work, post employability COVID-19, virtual learning environments and career coaching, said Hughes. .
Shana Yarberry, PhD student at U of A, who is responsible for diversity, equity and inclusion for Arvest Bank, co-authored one of the articles, which explores the topic of virtual mentoring. for workers forced to work alone during the pandemic. The problem: Lack of physical contact with others can stifle engagement, which can hamper development and career progression, she noted. Her article offers a variety of solutions that HR professionals and managers can consider when helping these workers.
Niu said the special issue is important because career development has not been adequately studied in the human resource development literature.
“COVID-19 has exposed many aspects of what all workers do and the important role of career development and career paths that workers endure,” she said. “This special issue provides research, theory and practice perspectives for organizational leaders and employees to navigate their professional realities during and after COVID-19.”
She said the issue also adds to the research knowledge base by promoting future studies exploring topics on career development from a human resource development perspective.
“It will provide a baseline for empirical studies on adapting career development to the pandemic on topics such as dynamic learning opportunities and activities, performance improvement, HRD support and management issues. diversity, equity and inclusion of career development, ”she said.
Researchers provide career theories, ideas and recommendations to academics and human resource professionals to broaden their understanding of career development during and beyond the pandemic. Technological changes, remote working experiences and psychological well-being are just a few of the challenges that have been exacerbated by the pandemic and affecting the career paths of organizational leaders and employees.
Hughes has published numerous articles and chapters in peer-reviewed journals, books and conferences and has written 13 books. She is a book proposal reviewer for SAGE, Emerald, IGI Global, Palgrave Macmillan, and CyberTech Publishing. She is currently involved in a National Science Foundation research project in engineering training as a Co-PI.
Niu’s main research interests lie in the area of human resource development / management, adult education, women’s issues and workplace diversity issues.
Yarberry’s research interests focus on human resource development and management, employee engagement, diversity, equity and inclusion, career development and talent management.