While much of the country is slowly reopening, many workplaces are still navigating this path of uncertainty. In addition to figuring out new normal for business operations, managers must be extremely aware of how employees are weathering the stresses of re-entering society in the midst of COVID-19.
Business owners and managers must do what they can to prioritize the safety and well-being of their employees while they reopen and restart the economy. Every manager understands the impact of stress in work performance and employee health, so during these stressful times of COVID-19 concerns, it’s important to do what you can to keep your employees calm and focused.
These three tips can help keep your employees calm and focused during the uncertain and stressful times of COVID-19.
During stressful times, it’s even more important to have communication plans in place. With something as sensitive as COVID-19, every manager must be ready to alter schedules, deadlines, or responsibilities. Companies must be agile and ready to adapt to local restrictions and guidelines.
It’s also important to check in with employees regularly and encourage them to reach out to you with any concerns. While you want to get your employees motivated to work and push forward, you will need to find balance. Ignoring the stresses and safety concerns your employees may have about the coronavirus may backfire and cause even more unease in the office.
Establish Flexible Workplace Policies
During this time, almost no company can get away with not having a flexible work option. Meet the needs of parents with kids at home and also limit excessive contact between workers. Many companies can still create a cohesive feel with video conferencing software.
If your company is unable to create work-from-home arrangements, you can consider staggering shifts, so you limit worker contact. While many businesses are reopening, they are slow to reach the level of demand prior to the COVID-19 crisis and may be able to function efficiently with a staggered shift schedule.
Whether your employees are working remotely or in person, these are stressful times, and many workers will find some calmness and comfort when their managers make an effort to boost morale. Connect with your employees, encourage laughter, brain breaks, and friendly competition.
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There’s a lot of added pressure during these uncertain times, and it can be tough for any manager. Contact Cabildo Staffing and let our team help you navigate your hiring needs and assist with other concerns.