The last year has challenged each and every one of us in unexpected ways. From how we live our daily lives to the way we work, COVID-19 has created real-world problems that have required real-world solutions.
After a year of massive unemployment and layoffs, there remains an often-forgotten problem in the workplace. Workers across the United States and around the world are facing unique hardships like never before. Working a job through a global pandemic can be an extremely arduous task, whether remote or in-person.
This situation begs the question: how do you retain your current employees during a time of high stress and difficulty like COVID-19? Here are a few ways you can keep your employees feeling strong and help them through this time.
Staying Together, Even When Apart
The suggestions that may also seem the most obvious can also have the most significant effect. Whether employees are working remotely or in-person, managers should actively engage and emphasize community to help decrease feelings of isolation and loneliness.
Employees working in-person jobs are required to maintain social distances during their shifts and often work alone. By planning socially distant activities like an outdoor lunch, your employees will be able to connect and continue feeling like part of a team—a crucial component to a healthy workplace.
For remote employees, scheduling one-on-one or group video chats can be a great way to help break down the barrier of working from home. Host a happy hour, have your employees show off their new workspaces, and even invite family to help your employees feel supported and remembered for all they do.
All managers and employers should be taking every step and make every attempt to keep the workplace as safe as possible for employees. Employee health should be every employer's number one priority. Employees are a company's number one resource, and it is vital to ensure they are staying safe and healthy while working during COVID.
For in-person employees, this includes keeping the workplace as socially distant as possible, supplying employees with plenty of masks or face shields, and offering frequent breaks to ensure employees stay both physically and mentally healthy.
For your remote employees, make sure you are having frequent mental health and workload check-ins. Remote employees can often feel overwhelmed without ever discussing it with a manager. It's important to let your employees know that their health is your priority and that working through caseload management is a better alternative than feeling overwhelmed.
Remembering to be Human
At the end of the day, your employees are all human beings living through one of the most significant events in recent human history. They are also undoubtedly stressed and dealing with a variety of non-work-related issues. Employers and managers always need to remember there is more to life outside of the job.
It can be easy to get lost in the numbers and productivity of your employees. Still, employees will perform better and stay with your company longer when they feel supported and able to work in a positive environment. By always focusing on the personal and remembering that your employees are human, you are much more likely to retain your employees.
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