Panic has been mounting throughout the world in response to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Businesses have been affected a lot, especially small businesses. Many employees are in a state of panic and seeing even small coughs or sick symptoms as emergency warning signs. In an effort to alleviate these fears, companies may opt for a new strategy; one which demonstrates the culture and moral values represented by the organization.
Many are worried about the long term effects of Corona Virus, and so are your employees. Here are some small tips that can enhance your relations with your employees, and release some of the pressure they are feeling as a result of the Corona - 19 epidemic.Tips to release pressure
- Communicate with your employees regularly.
It is imperative for you to have a plan in place for how you will keep your employees updated with any new policies your company is implementing on account of this pandemic. We have seen many organizations that have deployed video conferencing tools as one means of getting regular updates to and from their employees. The major updates in the workplace policies can be communicated using video conferencing. Appoint team managers and department heads to be responsible for keeping the team updated about the latest changes in the workplace policies.
- Take the necessary steps to keep your employees safe from Corona-19.
As a team manager or a business owner, you need to take specific actions to maintain hygiene. To avoid any physical contact, employees should be asked to work from home. If remote working is not possible for your small businesses, there are many other options available to accommodate your employees at the workplace.
Additionally, employees should get regular updates about the steps they can take to stay away from the Corona-virus. This information could be passed on by management through your social media platforms or by some other means such as an internal Whats-App group or Microsoft Teams channel. This can be a great opportunity to showcase the culture followed by your company to ensure that your employees remain safe and secure.
- Keep connected socially.
Keep a safe distance from everyone and avoid gatherings - maintain standards of social distancing. This does not mean you need to isolate. In fact, it is essential to stay connected with your employees in such a pandemic.
As said, you may stay connected with your colleagues using text messages, Whats-App messages, Face-time, emails, etc. Employees need to hear your voice and vice versa.
Stay connected and help your employees as much as possible to avoid any distractions or disturbances and remove any obstacles they may face when they are asked to work from home. This will keep them enthusiastic about sitting at home and keep them away from the thoughts of Corona-19.
These tips will not only help you manage your teams during this pandemic; they will also have the added benefit of giving your employees confidence that they have selected the right organization to work for. Your employees will feel reassured that their needs and concerns are being heard and addressed no matter what.