In times of crisis, norms are rapidly changing every day. As they do, people across the globe in a variety of different professions are learning to adapt. In the past week alone, we’ve seen numerous school closures, countless event cancellations and a growing number of companies implementing remote work strategies as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak spreads.
This article makes an important point — while it’s necessary to look at data, leverage metrics and develop long-term business strategies as crisis looms, we cannot forget to also prioritize the well-being of our employees.
Employees everywhere are adjusting to the changes COVID-19 has brought, whether it’s learning to work around the distractions that come with having children at home, or budgeting based on potentially reduced wages as they practice self-quarantines and social distancing.
So, how can employers help reduce the stress that times of crisis bring? This article outlines four main ways employers can best support their employees: physically, financially, developmentally and perhaps most importantly, emotionally.
The author offers ideas for how employers can aid employees physically when it comes to new flexible work arrangements, considering that not all positions lend themselves to virtual work. In cases like these, the author suggests financial support options that can help keep employees afloat while there is uncertainty around when it is and isn’t safe to come into work.
It’s also important that crisis does not bring everything to a halt. Workers should continue completing tasks, regular meetings should take place as planned, and employers should maintain focus on providing development opportunities for employees. And above all else, we must remember to care.
“Right now, though, everything we do must be done through the lens of caring for and supporting our people. We can and will get through the challenges ahead. We just have to keep the “human” in human resources.”