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With the rising COVID-19 crisis, employers are looking for ways to implement all the possible strategies to ensure employee health and safety. Corporate leaders are investing in various safety protocols and employee wellness initiatives to protect their employees through this uncertain crisis, social unrest, and anxious times, and changing working environment.

PwC conducted a Workforce Pulse Survey of almost 1,022 employees across the country in early June 2020 to know what they were expecting from their employers during this back-to-workplace transition situation.

And the results clearly indicated that they were looking for a well-planned reset.

So, it is now time for the employers to take up this opportunity seriously and put in some thought to reset and change the way they were engaging or connecting with the workforce, and make them feel valued while preparing them for all the uncertainties around.

Here is a brief take away from the survey results of what the employees were looking forward to from the employers to safely get back to work.

The New Workplace Wellness Strategies

While ensuring safety and hygiene measures were the fundamentals to be considered, almost half of the population really required changed workplace safety measures and mandatory health screenings.

47% of the employees who were working remotely revealed that taking adequate precautions at the workplace like wearing masks, sanitization, and rearranging the working space while following social distancing and safety norms would give them the confidence to return to work.

42% needed mandatory COVID-19 testing and health screening before returning to work, and 44% expected better shut-down protocols in case they close again owing to the rising cases.

While 30% were looking for extra benefits, 19% were ready to get back to work if they were provided private transportation.

While 58% of the population in the age range of 45-54 years said workplace safety measures would bring them more confidence, 55% of workers from the highly affected Northeast agreed that their customers must also follow safety and hygiene norms.

Leadership Qualities and Contributions

The recent tough times have required many business leaders to put in more effort towards empathizing and showing compassion with employees. Although employers are trying to support the employees by offering suitable corporate wellness programs, incentives, and communicating about the current uncertainties, it still does not seem to be resonating well with the workforce.

While 36% of employees said that concerning leadership behaviors with compassion and empathy will make them more confident about returning to their job, 33% wished they invested in good employee wellbeing programs. 32% wanted frequent communication and transparency from their employers about various work and business-related aspects.

Employer Communications and Workplace Changes

PwC’s CFO Pulse Survey revealed that almost 54% of the finance leaders were planning on making remote working a long-lasting option to ensure employee health and workplace wellness. Although 37% of employees said that the communication and wellness tools or resources offered by the company were pretty effective, there was still scope for improvement. Sadly, almost 25% thought that the tools and resources were not so effective.

While 44% of the executives were looking for better ways to automate work and bring about changes in the workflow with the back-to-work transition, many other organizations are looking for more innovative ways like employee wellness programs, health coaching, and other creative options to boost employee engagement, grow workplace wellness, and build the revenue.

What Employers Can Do For Effective Workplace Culture and Health?

With the changing global situations and employee health and wellness requirements, employers need to make adjustments accordingly to ensure employee engagement, workplace wellness, and overall smooth running of the business. Although there are plenty of factors that must be specifically considered to make revisions to your company’s back-to-workplace transition, here are few every employer must focus on primarily.

Extend suitable employee engagement strategies

Many employers assume or go by the common factors that they think are good for employee engagement or overall workplace wellness. However, they fall short of expectations or fail to deliver what the employees really need from the workplace. Conduct employee engagement surveys, polls, or talk with the employees to have them communicate their demands and needs.

Offer Targeted Employee Benefits and Services

A recent PwC US CFO Pulse Survey revealed that a mere 9% offered employee benefits and services that targeted the specific needs of the workforce, like childcare assistance. By knowing what they need and offering them with well-suited employee benefits that ease their concerns while returning to work will not only build trust, loyalty, and confidence, but is also one of the effective employee engagement strategies.

Bring Changes for Workplace Health and Wellness

Right from on-site health screenings, digital health solutions, social distancing, sanitization, remote working, flexible hours, wellbeing programs, wellness challenges, suitable employee perks, and comfortable working environments – know what your employees need and look for different ways to offer them. The changes will not only encourage effective working ways, but also boosts collaboration and productivity amongst the workforce.

Ensuring employee health and wellness, along with safety, engagement, and workplace wellness during the uncertain COVID-19 situation has become a priority to almost all the organizations. Employers are looking to make significant changes to their existing workplace policies to ensure employee engagement and workplace wellness, in the long run, and this can be best achieved only when you are aware of what your employees really need.

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