The last 12 months have seen businesses proactively look to safeguard their employees as the Covid-19 pandemic quickly took hold. Wellbeing has been paramount.
But even as the world now looks to ease out of fear, caution and restrictions, Covid-19 will leave a lasting impact on us all. Coinadrink Limited takes a look at how you can continue to safeguard your employees beyond the pandemic.
It is thought that in times of crisis, natural leaders emerge. As a leader or CEO, your responsibility to your employees has never been greater.
The last 12 months will have caused fear, stress and exhaustion. It would be unrealistic to expect these feelings to evaporate immediately. The spotlight on health, safety and hygiene has never shone brighter and it won’t dim anytime soon.
When we finally turn our backs on Covid-19, we will enter into a new world. Your workplace needs to remain aware of the past 12 months if you want to successfully safeguard your employees.
Here is what you need to focus on, with suggestions that are relevant across all industries.
Protect their mental health.
This is the most important area to focus on. Your team may return fearful or anxious, which can both contribute to poor mental health.
Make sure employees know where to find information, guidance and support for mental health. Maintain open channels of communication to hear how employees are feeling and, importantly, listen and respond. It may be a good idea to check in with them as well to ensure of “two-way” communication.
Make everyone aware that significant changes in a team member’s personality or work product may be signs that a person is struggling.
Keep them connected.
The best solution is always prevention. Your colleagues have probably the missed the element of face-to-face communication, so use that to get people talking about how they are feeling.
Transforming or developing a breakout area where people can relax and engage is an important part of the workplace, according to 56% of those from a recent survey. And with 81% of people from a separate study saying high-quality hot drinks such as tea and coffee are important to them, it couldn’t be easier to combine the two.
With employees feeling overwhelmed and anxious, ask people leaders to make themselves available to staff to talk about their fears, answer questions and reassure them about work and personal issues.
Foster resilience and boost productivity.
Everyone is more productive when their mind is focused on the job. Alleviating fear is key.
Coinadrink Limited has been improving the culture of workplaces since 1962. We understand the value of simple yet effective employee benefits that can improve morale, but in the wake of Covid-19 we have been able to offer our refreshment services in a way that delivers total peace of mind.
The stats regarding coffee machines and refreshments speak for themselves, so make sure your team feel comfortable using these facilities with new contactless options. Enjoy barista style coffee and beautifully filtered water without physically engaging with the equipment.
When your mind is diverted from fear and anxiety, your team will feel more comfortable to work.
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