For most of us, life changed dramatically nearly one year ago, in March 2020. As the one-year anniversary of the life-changing pandemic nears, you may find you or someone you know hitting a wall. These are challenging times that require extra grace, kindness, and compassion. As a business owner, supervisor, or manager, riding the waves of the pandemic storm also includes maintaining employee engagement. Here’s how you can help your staff stay sane as the pandemic rages on.
Category: Employee Management
Contributed by: Ben Eden
Have you ever heard a manager say something like, “leave your emotions at the door”?
Sure, there may be some value in that because people need to use their rational and logical side of the brain while trying to solve problems at work. But when someone is telling you to “leave your emotions at the door” they are telling you that emotions have no place here.
Most managers prefer to keep conversations on the surface rather than taking a deeper dive into an employee’s feelings. A typical employee arrives to work and has this conversation with a colleague:
“How are you?“
“Doing great. You?“
Contributed by: Luke Smith
On weekday mornings when the alarm rings, sometimes the idea of getting up and going to work is overwhelming. Seeing people at the office, attending meetings with supervisors, or wading through emails can seem daunting. It often feels as though you’re just counting down the hours until you can leave. When you lose interest and engagement, your job becomes just a paycheck. Most employees recognize that this isn’t good, and they know that something desperately needs to change.
Contributed by: Kristin Savage
Every company wants to ensure that they make carefully considered investments. Employees, for instance, are one of the most valuable investments a business can make. Employers spend copious amounts of time and resources ensuring that their employees are properly trained and that they are provided with adequate benefits. Employers hope that this ensures long-term employee retention and that it will fortify the company’s overall future.
When attempting to compete for and retain the best talent available, employee experience is the name of the game. In fact, 83% of HR leadership rate employee experience (EX) as “important” or “very important” to their overall business success. EX keeps employees engaged in their day-to-day work and satisfied with their current positions.
Improving employee experience is a widely-accepted aspect of business. It’s a great practice, yet an astonishingly low number of organizations actively put work into their EX programs. A majority (60%) of employees in the US have a channel for giving feedback. However, on their employee experience, only 30% report that their employer actually uses insights from their responses to enact a positive change.
Whether you work at a startup, nonprofit organization, small business, or large corporation, remote work has become normalized in recent years. In fact, working from home is so normal, that over the last ten years remote work has increased about 91%. Although a large majority of companies have remote employees, many businesses still prefer that their employees come into the office every day to communicate face-to-face. Although traditional shared collaboration spaces work for some, remote work is a reality everyone will soon face. With the rise of the coronavirus, businesses everywhere are struggling to figure out how to manage their company without one central location.
Commuting to work is a thing of the past. More and more business owners are getting into the remote workforce trend. In fact, it has gained so much popularity that it has risen by approximately 115% in the last decade. Having a remote workforce is great because of its flexibility, but you may run into new issues that you would otherwise not have in an office. You may start asking yourself questions such as “How will I know what my employees are up to?” and “How will I ensure that my workforce still works like a team?” While there are systems to make sure that employees are staying productive, creating traditional workplace bonds between your remote team members will take a little more effort and creativity.
Contributed by: Brad Wayland
You keep putting off things you know are urgent to focus on busywork or doing nothing at all. As a result, you’re in a constant state of catch-up. The good news is the reason you procrastinate is not that you’re lazy. Instead, putting things off to the last second has more to do with internal fear.
Independence can be a scary word for an employer. Employers may think that independence means that you must give up control. This can cause discomfort because employers are placing the company’s growth in someone else’s hands. Although letting go can be a daunting task, this can really help your business. Independence can be a great asset to your company, bringing creativity and revenue. When you give your employees the freedom and ability to do things in their own way, they will grow creatively and will feel the empowerment they need to move forward. Here’s how you can give employees independence without losing control of your business:
If you aren’t formally training your staff, you’re not alone. 31% of companies do not formally train their employees. If you are part of that group, you may want to consider implementing a program or plan soon. Training your employees properly is one of the most important things you can do at the workplace. It can improve finances, strengthen employee happiness, improve knowledge among staff, lessen weaknesses that you may have as a company, expand the basic knowledge for all employees, and intensify productivity.
Not only can you expand knowledge and productivity, but you can also use training as a retention and recruitment tool. A study by Udemy showed that 70% of employees agree that training could help them learn to focus and manage their time better. A study by Udemy also found that 51% of employees would be more likely to quit their jobs if they didn’t have proper training. Employees want to be trained and take it very seriously.
Employers often give employees benefits to help them settle into new positions. Many employees think that they deserve benefits like vacation time, laptops, pension plans, Insurance, and more. Although many employers provide these perks and amenities, there is no obligation to provide anything to your employees beyond these legally required benefits: