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.
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.
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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