The COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak has caused huge changes to business practices in 2020, and its effects aren’t likely to stop any time soon. Safeguarding employee wellbeing – both body and mind – has become more important than ever before. Chances are, 2020 will be seen as a turning point where a lot of policies changed, and hopefully for the better.
Are you doing everything you can to encourage employee wellbeing, whether they’re back in the office or still at home? These are some key areas to focus on.
Safeguarding Employee Wellbeing During the Coronavirus, And Beyond
- Offer more lines of communication
These are difficult times, and employees will need lines of communication to discuss their problems, challenges, and other issues stemming from working during a pandemic. Consider setting up lines offering mental counseling, for example, or at least avenues for people to open up a bit.
Encourage workers to ‘check-in’ from time to time, so you can keep an eye on their morale and mental wellness.
- Ask questions about providing better support
This is particularly vital for employees who are working from home for the time being – what could be done to make their jobs easier? As an HR professional, you’re uniquely positioned to speak to anyone in the company and deliver feedback to the proper sources. Leverage this to help improve morale and productivity as much as you can.
- Push for stronger in-office safety measures
Employee wellbeing is very much the purview of HR, and that should extend to health and wellness. Don’t let your company cut corners when it comes to physical safety or protection from infection. Not only is it bad for morale, but continual outbreaks within the office will quickly erode productivity. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that’s never been as true as in 2020.
- Focus on boosting motivation
It may be difficult for some workers to stay properly motivated, especially from home. This is an area where HR can definitely help! Engage in frequent communications about shared goals and company ideals that your workforce will find inspiring and help keep them on track.
- Consider upgrading your HR software
Modern HR software allows for real-time monitoring of employees, analysis of feedback, and deep insights into the functioning of your company. Buddy can provide all the tools you need to significantly improve HR performance. Contact us to learn more!