COVID-19 has had a huge impact on employees, many of whom have been unable to work or have had to adapt the way they work over the past few months. As businesses start to regain some kind of normality, and put plans in place to recover from the impact of coronavirus, it’s important to remember your employees. It’s them who will help your business get back on its feet, and they will also be needing some support to make it through the coming months.
While there is a lot of hard work ahead, remember to put your employees first. It’s time to say thank you to your employees, and you can start with some of the following ideas.
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One of the first and most important things you need to do right now is simply to say thank you. Employees deserve to know that their hard work over the past few months has been recognized. It’s easy to underestimate the value of a simple ‘thank you’, but they’ll appreciate it more than you know.
Communication is important at this time. There are ways you can effectively communicate with employees at this time to ensure they’re in the know about the next steps and can feel more confident about the future.
For employees who’ve been unable to work in recent months, or those that have been working from home, it will be a big transition back to work. Getting back to business after COVID-19 will likely mean giving employees more flexibility when it comes to working patterns, and you might want to consider allowing home working to be a permanent option too. Health and safety will also be a priority for your business, so it’s vital to make sure all employees understand the latest policies in place to keep them safe.
Providing support and assistance to employees who might need help returning to work is another way your business can do right by its employees at this uncertain time.
Now is a good time to consider your employee benefits and rewards to make sure that they’re still in the best interests of your employees. The right reward and recognition schemes for employees can provide a big boost to your staff, helping them feel appreciated and more motivated to work hard. Consult with them about the types of rewards they’d like to see to help you make the right decisions for your business.
Coronavirus has been a difficult time for all, but as you look to the future, you need to put your employees first. As you move towards recovery, be sure to put plans in place that will help your employees feel safe and recognized, and appreciated for everything they’ve done to keep your business going at this time. It’s not going to be an easy road going forward, but treating your employees with the respect and recognition they deserve will help ensure you’ve got the best people at work to help your business survive this challenging time.