In order to, have a productive environment, an organization needs to focus on maintaining the health of its employees. In any institution, especially in times like these, the attention of its employees is inevitable. They are the backbone of any business, so they should be well cared for. A recent McKinsey report shows that 62 percent of workers worldwide view mental health issues as a major challenge during the COVID-19 crisis. The definition of daily norms has changed, and habituation is oppressive. We do not see the power we have to change the life of an employee. Therefore, it is time to look at how you can improve the lives of employees and improve their productivity over time.
- Give them enough reasons to engage your organization– Time is running out fast, and employees today are looking for more than just financial benefits. They want to work for an organization that can give them opportunities for professional and personal development. According to a MetLife and Glassdoor survey, 76% of employees feel that their workplace is responsible for their health and well-being, while 87% of employees expect their company to help them balance their work with their health. Transform your employees into loyal employees, offering many benefits such as flexible working hours, homework, paid leaves, parent/dad leaves, and more to make them feel more connected to your company. In addition, a loyal employee is a blessing in disguise who can be your trusted Lieutenant to lead your organization in times of crisis.
- Listen to and respond to their complaints – In a changing world, it is important to be in tune with the world around you. Especially in difficult times like this, when the global Coronavirus has already devastated the world, you must pay attention to your employees, listen to them, and take honest steps to resolve their problems. When your employees feel respected and heard, the same is reflected in their performance and productivity. Although it is difficult to go to a person-to-person meeting to resolve their grievances, use technology and tools such as video conferencing, online chats, telephone communication, in-house chat, and others that facilitate communication beyond local, physical, and linguistic boundaries.
- Encourage a culture of short breaks – Did you know that Japanese companies encourage their employees to take regular breaks and guard themselves with drones? Yes, it may sound unbelievable, but it does not seem like a huge effort considering that the Japanese are working hard. If you want to see amazing results in the production of your employees, encourage them to take short breaks from time to time to prevent bosses and laziness.
- Give them ways to have fun – Quick questions or a short period of the fun game can always help relieve stress. Involve your employees in performing tasks and help them stay happy during work hours. Working long hours at home can affect anyone. The complete segregation experienced during that period could have harmed the workers, leading to the loss of society and the arts. In such a case, it is necessary to promote employee engagement activities through standard online platforms and communication tools, which can help to reduce job dignity. Companies can schedule visual contests, training programs, meditation, development times, counseling sessions, recognition times, webinars on stress management, access to e-learning modules, creative learning sessions, and more to increase communication and eliminate stress.
- Encourage them with appropriate rewards and benefits – Awareness and appreciation will help to enhance your work ethic. When the work done is accepted, employees feel more satisfied with their work environment. During the epidemic, businesses were severely affected, and many companies used to cut wages to cover their losses. However, while such a decision may be critical to rectify the situation, one can guarantee a timely wage and provide bonuses that will motivate employees and their company benefits.
- Take a step forward to borrow support – Many organizations in India have switched to working four days a week to help workers pay attention. In addition, they have redirected work shifts and allowed stadium staff to work from home; some even offered hotel accommodations to employees who wanted to stay alone during their illness. The organizations also organized vaccinations, office spraying, regular medical check-ups, and staff hygiene.
The COVID-19 epidemic has undoubtedly had a profound effect on workers and their families. Although companies are trying hard to lend money with their help, it is difficult to predict an epidemic. It is challenging to feel connected, confident, and well-connected with the team while working remotely, but one can encourage creativity and innovation in partnership with care. It is these small changes that can make big changes in a person’s life. So let’s move on to a better, more complete future.
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Muhammad Raqibul Ehsan
Intern of Admin & HR Department