The coronavirus pandemic hasn’t been easy on anyone. While it’s good news that we have vaccines and there’s hope that the pandemic will one day just be a distant memory for us all, we’re not there yet — there’s still a long way to go before life returns to normal. As a business owner, you’ll have many different things to worry about. Hopefully, your business continues to grow.
As a responsible boss, you also have an obligation to help your employees through the pandemic. They’ll have their own concerns and problems too. In this blog, we’re going to look at a few key ways that you can help them.
Working From Home
If your employees are able to work from home, then they should do so. However, it’s not as if you can just tell them to work from home, and that’s it — you’ll need to ensure that they have the support and the tools they need to do their job as well as they can in the office. It’s also a kind idea to make an extra effort to get together on Zoom or another video calling platform; it’ll help to keep the bond between boss and employee strong.
At the Office
Of course, it’s not always possible to have your workers conduct their work from home. They might need materials or infrastructure at the office, or it could be a public-facing job. In this case, you’ll need to take additional steps to ensure that they feel comfortable working there. Working with a company that offers an office disinfecting service is essential; it’ll help to give your employees peace of mind that the area has been properly cleaned of germs and bacteria. You’ll also want to invoke other safety measures, such as masks and social distancing.
Mental Health Help
Many people’s mental health has suffered this year. And it’s not hard to see why — it has been twelve months to forget. While hopefully everything is manageable, it’s worthwhile paying extra attention to any employees that might be feeling the strain of the coronavirus pandemic more than others. Does one of your employees feel stressed or down? In this case, an open conversation can do the world of good. You might decide to give them a paid leave of absence for a week or two, so they can just focus on getting themselves into the right frame of mind.
There’s a lot of concern among workers about their jobs. Is there a chance that they will lose their employment? It doesn’t matter whether you can guarantee their job or not — open communication is key. If there’s a chance you might have to let people go, then tell them. If their job is safe for the next three months, then tell them. You rarely lose anything through open communication.
Plan a Celebration
Finally, give your team something to look forward to! Plan a celebration for when all of this is over. It’ll be a party to remember and a great way to thank your team.