How to Care for Employees Post-Pandemic
May 22 2021 - The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in many employers developing a greater appreciation for their staff. Without their hard work, adaptability and commitment, many brands would have struggled to survive during more than a year of business disruption and uncertainty.
As life is gradually returning to normal for people and businesses across the UK, organisations of every size must ensure their staff members experience a smooth transition back into normal working life. Read on to find out how to care for employees following the pandemic.
A New Working Life
If there is one thing the Covid-19 pandemic has taught many employers, itís that office workers donít need to commute into the workplace every day. Many businesses have flourished over the past 12 months due to their teamís loyalty, commitment and hard work ethic. Whatís more, remote working has helped businesses to reduce their overheads, as they may have slashed their energy bills or office lease fees.
Returning to the office five days per week could impact employee mental health and morale, as your team may have adjusted to their new working life. For this reason, businesses may need to help their staff transition back to the office, or they could even provide flexible working conditions.
Some affordable London coworking space options can make remote working a realistic option, as it will provide staff with a space to tackle projects when they need a break from their home. Plus, as your employees can work next to other companies and self-employed professionals, it could lead to greater morale, better business collaborations and a sense of community.
Mental Health Support
The pandemic has taken its toll on many peopleís mental health. Your employees may have struggled during lockdowns or lost loved ones to Covid-19, which could have led to depression, anxiety, PTSD, or another mental health disorder. Also, the pandemic may have contributed to a staff memberís pre-existing condition, as Mind reported 1 in 6 workers lives with a mental health issue.
Employers have a responsibility to care for their employeesí wellbeing, which is why you may need to provide your staff with greater support. Start by encouraging your employees to turn to you or another member of management when struggling with a mental health condition. You may need to provide greater working flexibility to help them manage a disorder.
As employees might be reluctant to open up to an employer, conduct an anonymous survey or poll to listen to their needs regarding mental health support.
As your team members may have gone above and beyond to help your business survive the global pandemic, you must find ways to express your gratitude. If you donít, your staff members could become disheartened in their role and seek employment with a more rewarding employer.
Show your appreciation by providing your team with various perks, such as:
- Praise and recognition
- Physical rewards, such as gifts and vouchers
- Training opportunities
A little praise and acknowledgment will go a long way in helping your staff feel valued by the business, which could result in a happier, stronger workforce in 2021 and beyond.