Crisis Management 101 – How to Support Your Employees During the Pandemic

With the launch of effective vaccines, the COVID-19 crisis will come to an end, likely by the end of the year, and therefore it is important to think about how your employee relations will lead to success in a post-COVID world.

If you overlook the current importance of employee relations, the vibrancy of your business will probably suffer, and many staff members will start looking to leave once they have the chance to do so.

If you are currently looking for ways to support your employees through the rest of the pandemic, consider the following suggestions.

Help Employees Stay Connected

Some of the most significant things staff members have been missing are the chance to pop into someone’s office for advice, team bonding, and various social facets of work. Therefore, it’s essential to offer ways for staff members to share information and connect to one another.

Virtual meetings, check-ins, coffee breaks, yoga sessions, and happy hours are all ways that your staff members keep in touch and set the stage for a return to in-person work.

Support Mental Health

While everyone wants good mental health, some of us just need a little push to do something about it. Luckily, there are many resources available to support your employees’ mental health, many of which are free. Mindfulness podcasts, yoga videos, and employee assistance programs (EAP) are all highly accessible.

Provide Material Support

During difficult times, companies can’t always avoid cutbacks. If layoffs or furloughs have occurred, your company should be looking to offer resources to those affected. Support might be as basic as having managers offer to be a professional reference.

Furthermore, it is important to emotionally support remaining staff members who have seen their workload increase due to layoffs. One-on-one meetings and ensuring your staff members have the resources they need will help them stay engaged as the situation continues to evolve.

Enable a Healthy Work-Life Balance

The standard borders between work and life have been blurring for some time, and the pandemic has only muddied the waters. Both a blessing and a curse, a remote work situation becomes only more complicated when remote schooling, childcare, and health concerns are introduced.

One approach to supporting employees is to provide resources or reimbursements for setting up a home office. In this situation, a little can truly go a long way. If this kind of material support isn’t possible, think about ways to help your employees organize their space and time more effectively.

Also, help your employees to prioritize their wellbeing. Allow them to set specific working hours and completely disconnect during off-hours so they can take care of kids and have some free time to deal with the emotional stress associated with the pandemic. Many people are experiencing higher levels of anxiety and grief, so it’s more crucial than ever to fully support a healthy work-life balance.

We Can Help Your Company Put COVID in the Rearview Mirror

At Superior Resource Group, we’re busy working on ways our clients can transition out of the pandemic and into the future. Please contact us today to find out how we can help your company move forward.


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