During the COVID-19 crisis, it is an increasingly more challenging time than ever for businesses across every sector.
As a groceries business, you’ll need to keep up with the high demands every day to ensure each consumer gets a sufficient supply of essential items. Meanwhile, the airline industry is taking a major hit from the pandemic, as no one is able to travel to prevent the spread of the virus.
Likewise, in every business itself - many leaders and their HR teams already have a lot on their plate; be it keeping clients or customers onboard, preventing retrenchment, ensuring everyone’s rice bowls, and of course, keeping one’s team healthy and happy.
So, what does it take for an employer to look after their team? What are the actions can one take?
Keep reading on to find out what you can do if you have a team under you that needs a little bit of cheering and motivational boost!
Guide your team
During a crisis, it’s all about staying adapted. If we stay at one place for a long time, we’re going to remain stuck, and *poof* goes one’s potential customers and sales.
That said, you have to up your game and have a change of direction, and guide your team closely as well!
Take, for instance, your marketing or advertising strategy. Surely, it is no longer an ideal choice (at least for now) to stick with traditional advertising methods like billboards, newspapers, and posters. You may have to consider engaging video animation services instead to market your business. Everyone’s moving towards the digital landscape and will be accessing the latest news or ads via one’s own devices instead.
So, what does this mean for your business and employees? A change of pace, for sure! People are cooped up at home, idle, and glued to their screens and phones. It’s the perfect time to create a video - be it in 2D or 3D animation, so you can keep users entertained and pass on important messages relating to your business!
Amidst this period, it’s all the more important for an employer to ensure an employee is on the right path. Otherwise, make sure to step in and offer a helping hand - it’ll show that you care and ensure your business operations run smoothly as per usual.
Check in on your employees
When it comes to checking for your employees’ wellbeing, there are three key steps you can take: listen, feel, and respond.
When it comes to checking in your employees, ask yourself this one question - how are your employees’ energy levels?
You need to know whether they’re coping well, be it in regards to the workload or their mental health. Afterwards, you can then listen to their worries and allow them to express their thoughts freely. One way to relieve one’s stress is to always let out all your bottled up emotions!
Once you take the time to be empathetic and understand how the other party is feeling, it’ll make them feel appreciated knowing that someone is acknowledging their feelings.
Now, all that’s left is your response to your fellow colleague. Especially in the event of an extremely hectic and stressful period where it’s extremely fast-paced, and you have to hastily hand over projects - take a deep breath and respond in a caring and skilful manner.
Engage in virtual team bonding
Communication should never stop with your crew, even as people are stuck in their different homes. Instead, try to ensure that you use collaboration tools and chatting applications to continue with remote working!
Many hidden gems or newly-created applications are popping up - solely for entertaining the masses during these unprecedented times.
From Air Console, Netflix Party to House Party - there’s so much one can do! Even if you want to engage in a fun karaoke session - there are many apps available. Even Air Console itself has a free app within the website itself, which allows you to let loose and scream at the top of your lungs!
Remember, it’s always important to stay connected with your team every now and then. Keeping in touch ensures the team stays united, and it’s good to interact with someone new once in a while - rather than just one’s device or family members.
During this stressful time, we all need to join together and help each other in whatever way that we can. Especially as an employer, you should do everything within your power to make sure your employees are in the pink - be it mentally, physically, or emotionally!