The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been challenging for people worldwide. Here are tips to help you support your employees throughout the crisis.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is underway, and like many businesses in the greaterPhoenix area, we’re feeling the effects of it. Given the circumstances, I feel like now’s a good time to focus on the lifeblood of our businesses—our employees—and how we can support them throughout the pandemic.
If you’re anything like us, your business is tracking the 24/7 coronavirus news cycle and doing its best to stay afloat.Like us, you may also try to keep your employees up to date on how theCOVID-19 pandemic may affect them now and in the future.
We’re all under a lot of stress, and we’d all like to resume our pre-pandemic lives as soon as possible. At this time, one of the best things you can do for your workers is be resilient. Because, if your workers see that you can handle the tough times as well as the good times, they may feel inspired to do the same.
KEEP YOUR EMPLOYEES IN THE LOOP
Use the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity — not an excuse. If you engage your employees now like never before, you can give them plenty of support to help them get through the pandemic.
Here are a few tips to help you support your employees throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
1. Use Video Chats
Video chats are easy to set up on a desktop computer, laptop, smartphone, or tablet, and they allow you to engage in face-to-face conversations with your employees. Plus, video chats enable your workers to connect with one another for various meetings. You can use video conferencing software for virtual lunches, themed days at work, and other fun events, too.
2. Give Your Employees a Break
Work is a secondary priority for you and your employees during the coronavirus pandemic. So, you should give your employees extra breaks and added flexibility to work their own schedules. By doing so, you can help your workers take care of themselves and their families and stay productive at work.
3. Keep the Lines of Communication Open
The COVID-19 pandemic is constantly evolving, and you should keep your employees up to date if new information becomes available about how the crisis may impact your staff. Be open and honest with your employees, respond to their concerns and questions, and provide them with new information as soon as it becomes available.
4. Check In, Every Day
It only takes about a minute to send a text message or email to check in with an employee. By checking the pulse of your staff, you can get a feel for how your employees are doing throughout the pandemic. You can also identify workers who feel extremely stressed or anxious and provide them with additional support.
5. Stay the Course
The coronavirus pandemic will eventually end, and it’s a day we’re all very much looking forward to celebrating. Until then, however, we need to stay the course. Encourage your employees to do their best and stay connected throughout the crisis. And remind yourself and your employees regularly that the pandemic will pass.
THE BOTTOM LINE ON THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
I hope this has been helpful, and I hope it provides you with insights you can use to support your employees during these unprecedented times. One last point: the coronavirus is a challenge unlike any other we have ever faced, and all we can do is our best to manage it. After the COVID-19 pandemic ends, we’ll all be stronger for having dealt with it.
At Headfarmer, we’re here, and we want to support your company throughout the coronavirus pandemic. If there’s anything we can do to help you out at this time, please reach out.