Supporting Your Employees as They Return to Work During the Pandemic
How to Help Your Employees Ease Back into Work While COVID-19 Is Still Active
If your employees were working from home for some time, thanks to COVID-19, transitioning back into the office might be hard for them. With so many things happening and so much to consider, resuming again to in-office activities generates some stress. Supporting your employees during this time will help them through this challenging phase and is something they will deeply appreciate.
Here are some ideas of how you can show your support during this time of change.
Offer Child Care Options
Many parents are struggling to balance office work, housework and tending to their kids’ needs since most childcare centers and schools are currently closed. That makes it harder to come back to work for those of your employees who are parents.
The best approach is to offer your employees a flexible work schedule to make it easier for them to adjust to this transition. Coming to work early or at a later time could help them deal with the usual morning issues. Working at the office just part of the day could also be an option.
Additionally, you may want to consider offering virtual childcare assistance. Virtual babysitting services can give your employees a little breathing room during certain hours of the day, particularly during the busiest hours.
Promote Sanitation and Social Distancing Protocols
Reminding your team to follow all the recommended sanitation protocols, as well as the social distancing guidelines, is a great way to take care of them. Following these instructions should become second nature for everyone at your office. It will help them feel safe and at ease.
Provide a Home Office Allowance
It takes a lot of effort, time, and money to set up a well-equipped home office. Provide your employees with an allowance to care for the basics of their workspace at home. That can help them cover for things like an ergonomic chair, a headset, or a webcam. Paying for any software or service they might need, such as cloud storage, is ideal.
Support Mental Health
The pandemic is taking a toll on everyone’s mental health. It can cause anxiety, sleep problems, and many other things. Offering mental and emotional support will not only show you care; it will help your employees manage their situations, feel healthier, and even impact their productivity. You could consider hiring a professional in psychology or counseling who your employees can reach out to when needed or resort to apps like Headspace, which focuses on meditation and sleep exercises to help your employees relax.