As we enter year three, the COVID-19 Pandemic feels far from over. New variants and outbreaks continue to spread throughout the globe, even as employees are returning to the office. While there’s no way to know what the future holds, it’s important now more than ever to continue supporting your employees during the pandemic. The experts at Prescott HR have rounded up a few helpful ways to show your employees support in these unprecedented times. Keep reading for more!
The most important way to be supportive of your employees is to listen to them. There could be any number of external issues happening in their lives from the pandemic. Women especially have taken on larger roles as caretakers in the last several years. We recommend setting regular meetings to sit down with each employee individually to check in with them. Take an interest in what’s happening in their lives or their current feelings by listening. Sometimes to avoid burnout, people just want to be heard.
Communication is huge in both the workplace and in life, especially right now. As an organization, you don’t want there to be a great deal of “unknowns” for your team. It’s important to communicate important changes in the workplace. Here is one important example: if your staff has decided to return to the office, be sure to properly communicate this with your employees early and efficiently. There should be a clear timeline outlined and your organization should address any and all questions as soon as they arise.
Respect Employee Privacy
As we mentioned above, there could be any number of external factors affecting your employees right this very moment. It’s important to remember to respect their privacy, even if you’re only trying to help. If your employee is taking more sick days than usual, try not to push for an answer as to what’s happening. Respect that they are going through something and be sure to communicate that your door is always open if they need to talk.
Focus on the Future
In such uncertain times, it’s nice to be able to work towards something important. That’s why we recommend having your teamwork toward a group goal. When you present your employees with a goal they can collectively reach, it will help boost morale and give your team something to look forward to. This can also be an individual incentive presented to your employees. See if there is any interest in providing continuing education or certifications to your team.
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