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How to boost employee morale during COVID-19

How to boost employee morale during COVID-19

Most businesses are dealing with uncertainty right now as we navigate the difficulties of COVID-19. With so many of us working from home, keeping employees motivated can be a challenge so we’ve put together these tips to boost employee morale.

Be flexible

Carrying on as normal was never going to be an option so applying some level of flexibility shows your employees that you trust them and you’re ready to adapt to their situation. Be mindful that some of your staff may need to self-isolate, take care of loved ones or be juggling childcare arrangements alongside working from home. Try to empathise with new situations and accept that some policies may need to be relaxed in order for everyone to do their jobs.

Take time out

Mental health and employee wellbeing is still an essential consideration with Mental Health Awareness Week coming up in May. The difficulty of coping with everything going on and still perform normal work duties remotely is going to affect everyone in some way so taking a break from work can help relieve stress and boost motivation. Take the time to check in with your team where possible and organise something fun that you can all do together such as a virtual quiz, competition or even just scheduling regular coffee breaks with each other via video call.

Be upfront

The default for most of us in times of uncertainty is to shy away from business communications and keep employees in the dark to try and ease their worries. You might not know for sure what’s going to happen but it’s important to discuss this with everyone concerned and keep them updated on ever-changing situations. Employees will look to their managers for support so it’s best to try and stay calm, offer as much help as you can and be honest about what’s happening.

Staying motivated is difficult for everyone facing changes to their normal work structure, and hard even for employers and business owners. If we all do our bit to support each other and lead by example, we will get through it.

Juice Personnel is here to support clients and candidates through this tough time with our dedicated team on hand with the best recruitment advice. For more information, get in touch on 01924 377 500 or email us at [email protected].

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"“Juice Personnel is a great agency made up of dedicated and friendly staff. I highly regard their professional opinions and found them very helpful in supporting my search for a new role and will be recommending them to all my friends and family.""

Mark Banfield - Placed in a permanent position

""I approached Juice Personnel after having my maternity leave in 2015 to look for a more suitable role which would fit around my new circumstances. It was a pleasure to visit their office & meet with Claire, she made the whole process extremely easy which was such a relief after being away from the working environment for a few months. Within a week she had found me a great position & I continue to work for the same company. She was a great point of contact and offered fantastic advice and support every step of the way. Thank you Claire & Juice Personnel!""

Charlie O'Neil - Placed in a permanent position

"If it hadn’t been for you guys and your powers of persuasion I’m quite aware that I wouldn’t even have got an interview, never mind an offer. I had been for interview with a number of agencies, both in Wakefield and Leeds, but have to say Juice was the only one which I felt understood exactly what I was looking for, despite my qualifications. It was also the friendliness which I loved – you almost make candidates feel they are part of your team. Viki has been great – keeping my morale going at the beginning when I was waiting for decisions!! "

Carol Taylor- Temporary to permanent worker

"From day one Juice Personnel have been very professional, informative and truly outstanding when searching and placing me in employment. From the moment I first walked through the office doors to meet with one of their representatives I have been nothing but pleased and extremely satisfied with Juice. They have managed to source a position close to home with outstanding credentials which I am extremely grateful for. I have found that Juice are by far the best agency I have dealt with in West Yorkshire and I would highly recommend them to friends, family or any business associates that may need form of employment. Although I have not been with Juice long, I know that the relationship can only blossom and go from strength to strength."

Richard Allen- Long term temporary

"I have been registered with Juice for over 1 year and find everyone that works for the company professional, very helpful, honest and reliable. They have always been quick to find me work at reputable companies where I have enjoyed working, I would recommend Juice to anyone looking for work time and time again."

Lauren Clark - Temp to Perm placement

"All I can say is my experience with Juice Personnel was friendly and proficient. In no time at all I was set up for interviews that suited my capabilities and requirements. All communication was both helpful and timely with a very polite manner. If I ever needed an agency again, I would be contacting Juice Personnel."

Anthony Matthews - Placed in a permanent position

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