A pandemic is a time to rally together. It is a time for leaders and organizations to show their true colours. Now, more than ever is the opportunity to show your employees how much you care for and support them during these trying times.
Our executive search professionals have put together the following tips for leaders to support employees during the pandemic.
Have an Open Door Policy – Be Available to Offer Personal Support
Showing support for your employees can be as simple as being available for a quick chat. It does not always have to be about work. It can be about how an employee is managing the pandemic, balancing work and home, or anything else an employee wants to talk about.
For many people, just knowing they have the support of their leadership team can do a lot to put their minds at ease.
Go Out of Your Way to Show Your Appreciation
The current conditions are hard on everyone. It’s challenging working from home, being socially isolated, and stressful being on constant alert to avoid contracting the virus. Leadership can boost the spirits of their team by simply showing some appreciation. Tell them how much you appreciate the work they are doing. All it takes is a simple email to show your support.
Trust Your People – Have Faith in Them
Now is not the time to be breathing down their necks, micromanage them, or oversee everything they do. It is time to trust the people you are in the trenches with. There is a lot you can do with this. You can offer new roles and responsibilities in reaction to how COVID has changed operations. You can include them in the decision-making, get their input, and give them the space to do their jobs. Having faith in your people is a subtle way to show support.
Build Personal Connections
Another simple way to support your people is to bond with them. Provide your team with the opportunity to connect with coworkers the best you can, given the current situation. Setting aside some time each week for some type of virtual hangout is an easy way to do this. Virtual lunch-and-learns and coffee breaks are a great opportunity to informally have that water cooler chat.
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