Six Ways to Support Employees During the COVID Crisis

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The challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have been with us for a while now.  Stressors from social isolation, balancing work responsibilities while homeschooling, concerns about job security and health concerns can easily interfere with an employee’s job performance.
 
Here are 6 actions you can take to support your employees:

Provide open communication about employee well-being. Encourage conversations between managers and employees that go beyond discussing tasks that need to be accomplished.  Ask employees how they are doing and how they would like to be supported.  In team meetings, allow time for team members to provide support to each other.

Affirm the employee’s value to your organization. Since people are now having less contact with each other, there aren’t as many opportunities for employees to get feedback about their contributions.  Take time to communicate specific ways their contributions are impacting your organization’s success, and you will positively impact their motivation and self-esteem.

Consider virtual support groups. Explore whether your employees would find it useful to form a group with the purpose of helping each other cope with common stressors.

Offer mentoring.  Mentoring can offer tremendous benefits to enhance employee and organizational success.  With many organizations dealing with the impact of downsizing, a mentor can work with employees to help guide their career development within your new organizational structure.

Build resilience.  Although some people are naturally resilient, many of us need to learn how to be resilient.  One of the best ways to become more resilient is to increase social+emotional intelligence.  The assessment and coaching we provide can help build the resilience that we all need right now. Mindfulness has been found to be an excellent way to build resilience.  Check out our programs that incorporate mindfulness techniques to improve organizational health.

Use your EAP. During these difficult times, some of your employees may be experiencing a mental health crisis or problems with substance abuse.  Make sure your employees are aware of the resources your EAP provides.  If you don’t have an EAP, provide employees with appropriate avenues for help.

Being proactive by offering support and resources now, can prevent common stressors from taking a major toll on your employees well-being and their productivity.

Alisa Blum & Associates helps businesses & organizations select, develop and retain top employees.  To schedule a complimentary consultation, contact Alisa at (503) 481-7586 or alisa@developtopemployees.com.