With the COVID-19 pandemic changing the outlook on the workplace dynamics, especially employee-employer relations and work-life balance, essential lessons have been learned. Employee health and the need for early diagnosis of any infection or illness have been prioritized now. Employers need to restructure their workplace and working policies to gain trust and confidence from the employees.
To maintain COVID-19 social distancing norms, many companies allowed their employees to work remotely. And for businesses that needed manual labor, much of the work had to be put on hold until normalcy resumes. Now that businesses are looking to reopen, the first question coming to the employers and employees’ minds is –
“How to ensure employee health, safety, and workplace wellness?”
To keep businesses running, while ensuring employee health, engagement, and productivity, employers are now focusing and working on three core factors –
- Employee Wellness and Safety – helping employees self-assess or diagnose their health with thermal screenings, contact tracing, assessments, and scanning apps.
- Business Continuum and Stability – by creating a core business command center including the HR, operations, and managers to manage worksite and remote working operations.
- Managing Workplace Facilities – incorporating changes and facilitating data management regarding workplace sanitation, cleaning, and workers flow.
Solving the back-to-workplace concerns need these three primary aspects to be focused on, and the data derived from them can help you chalk your strategy to make effective decisions.
The current situation is disruptive and stressful to many, and the employers need to be supportive of their employees to overcome their stress, fear of infection and furloughs, and other factors. Communication plays a major role in bringing about effective workplace wellness changes, while making sure that the employees are not stressed out. Here are the 3 crucial communication strategies you need to implement as a part of your back-to-workplace strategy.
- Get Involved And Involve Your Employees Soon
Communicating and interacting well with your employees at these stressful times is important. If an employee has been tested positive for the coronavirus, it might put the employee into a stressful condition – anxiety due to the infection and the employer’s possible reactions. For the employees to reveal their test results soon to prevent any further spread at work, the employers need to build a relationship of trust with all the employees. Talk to your employees and let them know you value your workforce. When the employees are convinced that they are important to the company and employer, they not only process the unfavorable situation well, but also overcome it fairly.
FreeWellnessPlatform.com has come up with COVID-19 self-assessment tools using which your employees can take the test at home and decide if they can safely come back to work, minimizing spread, and ensuring workplace wellness.
2. Empathize and Express Concern
The current COVID-19 situation is equally stressful for employers and employees. Communicating calmly and clearly with the employees, while empathizing with their concerns is vital. Interacting with empathy, at such disruptive times, and communicating all the needed organizational information and concerns regarding workplace wellness and safety, tends to create awareness with the employees, and also boosts their morale and commitment levels.
3. Emphasize the Why’s and How’s
When you know why you are taking efforts and how the outcomes will help you, there are higher chances of completing the task well. This is why you should help your employees understand why taking the self-assessment is important, and how the outcomes can help strategize a plan-of-action to ensure safe employee health and build workplace wellness. Have your employees trained, explain the new workplace safety protocols, and emphasize their importance.
Effectively communicate all the right messages with the right tools and data. Empowering your workforce with the vital information not only builds trust with the employees, but also establishes a sense of security and wellbeing, thus, removing the barriers that stress and overwhelm the employees.
Planning the post-COVID workplace strategy should focus on the bigger picture of employee health and workplace wellness, and their impact on organizational productivity. The importance of employee wellness, real-time data reports, and the decision-making gap need to be approached with the right visualization for businesses to survive and thrive in the post-COVID world.
It is high time we make wise and strategic decisions to improve employee health, boost employee engagement, and enhance productivity. With the right tools and analytics, you can not only ensure workplace wellness, but also assess the overall impact of COVID-19 on your employees and business.