During a global pandemic, it can be difficult to inspire and lead employees. While everyone has anxiety and there’s uncertainty in every sector, it’s important now more than ever that employers put the needs and expectations of their employees first. Luckily, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel and start from scratch. If leaders can find a way to continue to engage their employees and find a clear way forward, businesses can remain resilient even now.
Leaders and CEOs will need to audit whether they’re meeting the needs of their employees and understanding what’s expected of them. Here are a few questions you should ask yourself:
Many employees will want to know a plan for continuing through and after the pandemic. With mass layoffs across the United States, it’s important to effectively communicate the plan you have with your employees so that they know where their jobs stand.
For example, if you have a clear plan of action for bringing employees back into the office or factory, it’s important that you let them know how and when this will occur.
By communicating a clear plan, your employees will feel less anxious, which will help them work more efficiently if they’re currently working remotely. However, if your employees are currently laid off and don’t have a clue as to what the plan is, you may find yourself in trouble when the time comes to bringing them back; many of them may be looking for other opportunities with employers who are able to meet their needs.
Many companies are finding that employees can take their work home and complete it just fine. However, there are others who cannot do this, making it difficult to know where they stand. Everyone has to adapt, but it’s important that management and leaders clarify expectations and review equipment needs for those who will be doing their jobs at home. Businesses should also look at readjusting roles continuously throughout these times to ensure that their employees always have work to do.
Your employees need to know that they are still a valued member of the team. Whether they’re laid off or working from home, this communication is key. For laid-off employees, you can expect more anxiety than those who can complete their duties from home. Communicating with these employees will be important so that they don’t try to look for other jobs while laid-off. These are high-stress times, and if you want to retain your best talent, you’ll have to keep them informed about where they stand within your business.
As a business leader, you know that you’ll have to constantly change and evolve to fit the needs of the company and the employees, along with the changing of the times. With rapid change, it’s important that your team remains resilient so that it can prevail. Here are a few tips to help you support your employees as a leader.
The best way to push forward is to learn how to adapt to change and solve problems as they come. Use these times to grow your business model and make changes that can help you in the long-term so that you can better your position post-pandemic.
Not only are employees listening to how you’re treating them during these times, but so is the public. If you're not treating your employees with respect and communicating with them throughout your ever-changing processes, the public will find out, which can hurt your reputation. Not only that, but the best leaders know that it’s important to listen to their employees so that they can understand the challenges and potential opportunities the business is facing.
Your employees need to know that they’re working for something greater. While much of the US has reopened some of its functions, many things still remain closed, leaving your employees with no way to take their mind off of the stress the pandemic has put on them. By helping them see the significance of their work and providing them with clarity of the future, you can foster resilience within your company.
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