As we continue to battle the pandemic, it has become clear that beyond the tragic loss of life there are dire emotional and economic consequences. No one, including the experts, can confidently predict just what the final fallout will be nor if our businesses will ever return to “normal.” What we DO know as far employee engagement is concerned is that the pandemic and the stay-at-home orders have taken an enormous toll on the psychological health and wellbeing of our workers. We need to learn how to help employees cope.
The Toll on Employees
We read reports of increased angst among employees. It’s not just the fear of layoffs. Employees are experiencing increased levels of burnout. Workers increasingly complain of greater workloads, ambiguous expectations, and lack of support. As a result, employee engagement is decreasing, and we should all be worried about the people and business implications.
How Leaders Can Help
Savvy leaders have instituted a variety of Zoom check-ins and offered opportunities for wellness activities, but employees tell us that these measures are not enough. What is needed is a way to establish more honest, open connections and more meaningful, effective support.
Here are some steps you can take to better help employees cope during tough times:
The Bottom Line
Are you doing all you can to help your employees cope during tough times? Improving employee engagement means following through on employee feedback. Stay connected so you can offer the support they need and keep them engaged.
To learn more about how every manager can better inspire their team, download the Top 10 Most Powerful Ways to Boost Employee Engagement
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