Health and wellness during a global pandemic;
keeping staff connected and engaged

The COVID-19 pandemic has radically disrupted and changed our daily lives, workplaces and communities. Even as many businesses are returning to a new normal, many of their staff are continuing to work from home rather than in an office.

As people continue to work remote, business leaders need to find ways to help their teams stay connected, engaged and as productive as possible. Everyone’s situation is different so it’s important to be mindful of what your employees might be going through.

Here are some tips to keep your staff engaged while they continue to work from home.

Communicate and connect

  • Communicate. It’s key during uncertain times to communicate openly and regularly. Honest and open communications about how the business is doing will make a big difference when it comes to creating trust, particularly in a continued virtual business world. That transparency will also help to maintain employees’ engagement with the business.

  • Connect. Even if you’re not in the same workspace, it doesn’t mean that everyone works in isolation. Make sure you have regular, daily or weekly phone or video meetings, ask managers to check in with team members and encourage virtual coffees to keep some of the office banter going.

  • Consider training. While our work-pace slows down, now is a perfect time to consider online training opportunities. Encourage staff to sign up for online courses that will hone their skills. There are lots of different options such as LinkedIn Learning, or even Coursera and EdX which offer courses from renowned universities and institutions around the globe.

A good home-office set-up

  • Technology: One of the biggest barriers to working from home productively is poor technology or infrastructure. Make sure your staff is fully equipped and set-up to work from home and that they can access the same files and networks as in the office.

  • Ergonomics: Make sure your employees have a good set up for their home office; for some expert advice read this article from CNN which includes tips from a certified professional ergonomist.

Health and wellness

During times like these, it’s important to stay healthy physically and mentally. Give your employees the tools they need to get through this difficult time, so they and your business come out stronger.

  • Empathise. The current situation continues to be extremely stressful for some people; employees might feel anxious and overwhelmed. Letting your staff know that you understand how they may feel and offering a listening ear is important.

  • Support. Check in regularly to understand how teams are feeling and whether they need any additional support. Share information about your Employee Assistance Program (EAP), so you can coordinate support for employees that might need it.

  • Mindful breaks and staying active. Encourage employees to take breaks during the day. Working from home means you don’t need to sit behind a desk from 9 to 5. Going for a short walk during the day, stretching, yoga or meditation are great ways to stop for a moment and reset. It will also enhance overall productivity.

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