5 Tips on How to Look After Your Employees Through Covid-19

We have certainly entered unprecedented times recently with the outbreak of Coronavirus, and everyone’s lives have changed beyond what we could have imagines.

Businesses would have never imagined making their teams work entirely remotely and make that transition seamlessly without productivity being affected. Yet without a doubt the country has shifted and adapted and doing an incredible job. Regardless of all this though, as business owners and leaders, now is the time to make sure our teams are supported through these challenging times.

So, whilst your teams are all at home, how, as leaders, can you support them?

  1. Adapt your leadership style

If your leadership style is decisive and authoritative, you will adapt very easily in this situation and take decisive actions so that your business can adapt. However, at this time, you may need to modify your approach to your teams as people feel uncertain, and worried about their personal situations. Good, perceptive leaders will modify their approach with their teams and even if you are a more collaborative leader, you will need to lead decisively through these ambiguous times.

  1. Communicate clearly and regularly

Communicate regularly with your teams as you can never underestimate the necessity of your teams to hear reassuring messages from their leaders.

Being clear is being kind and ensuring that you are concise in your communications and answer questions from your team members, helps everyone feel like their employer is being transparent in their approach. What you’re saying is “whatever happens, we will be fair with you”. This manages people’s expectations and makes them feel reassured.

  1. Contact 1-2-1

Never underestimate the importance of just ringing a member of your team and ask them how they are. Just checking in with people and making sure they’re ok, managing the work load you’ve set them, not feeling overwhelmed. Just personally reaching out to individuals goes a long way in ensuring your team members are managing.

  1. Know when you are not the right person.

Being a great business leader, means knowing your own flaws and limitations. Sometimes you just need to know when you need to step aside. If a member of your team is experiencing a situation that you feel you cannot support with, then the best thing you can do, is support that employee in finding the right help and support they need. Whether that is HR or someone external, just supporting them in getting the right help they need will go a long way in your team feeling fully supported.

  1. Don’t be so rigid with the rules

We are not doing business as usual. We’re doing business from home! Most leaders and managers will understand the psychological impact of what’s happening. We’re quarantined at home; children are working at home. Life has drastically changed. As a manger, you will need to operate am open door policy and be very accessible so that you can respond to your teams quickly.

Also, allowances will need to be considered now that everyone is at home. We’re all trying to home school, complete our work to the best of our abilities plus tolerate partners also trying to work as well. AS leaders we will need to appreciate that a balance will need to be established. If the work is being completed on time, then you shouldn’t worry right now how your teams are doing it. Working hours may need to change and understanding of that is key and being fully understanding and supportive of your teams in completing their tasks is of paramount importance.

As we continue in lock down, understanding and patience is key as leaders. We may need to continue in a world of uncertainty and change for some time, so being connected to each other and listening to each other is so important now more than ever.

We have certainly entered unprecedented times recently with the outbreak of Coronavirus, and everyone’s lives have changed beyond what we could have imagines.

Businesses would have never imagined making their teams work entirely remotely and make that transition seamlessly without productivity being affected. Yet without a doubt the country has shifted and adapted and doing an incredible job. Regardless of all this though, as business owners and leaders, now is the time to make sure our teams are supported through these challenging times.

So, whilst your teams are all at home, how, as leaders, can you support them?

  1. Adapt your leadership style

If your leadership style is decisive and authoritative, you will adapt very easily in this situation and take decisive actions so that your business can adapt. However, at this time, you may need to modify your approach to your teams as people feel uncertain, and worried about their personal situations. Good, perceptive leaders will modify their approach with their teams and even if you are a more collaborative leader, you will need to lead decisively through these ambiguous times.

  1. Communicate clearly and regularly

Communicate regularly with your teams as you can never underestimate the necessity of your teams to hear reassuring messages from their leaders.

Being clear is being kind and ensuring that you are concise in your communications and answer questions from your team members, helps everyone feel like their employer is being transparent in their approach. What you’re saying is “whatever happens, we will be fair with you”. This manages people’s expectations and makes them feel reassured.

  1. Contact 1-2-1

Never underestimate the importance of just ringing a member of your team and ask them how they are. Just checking in with people and making sure they’re ok, managing the work load you’ve set them, not feeling overwhelmed. Just personally reaching out to individuals goes a long way in ensuring your team members are managing.

  1. Know when you are not the right person.

Being a great business leader, means knowing your own flaws and limitations. Sometimes you just need to know when you need to step aside. If a member of your team is experiencing a situation that you feel you cannot support with, then the best thing you can do, is support that employee in finding the right help and support they need. Whether that is HR or someone external, just supporting them in getting the right help they need will go a long way in your team feeling fully supported.

  1. Don’t be so rigid with the rules

We are not doing business as usual. We’re doing business from home! Most leaders and managers will understand the psychological impact of what’s happening. We’re quarantined at home; children are working at home. Life has drastically changed. As a manger, you will need to operate am open door policy and be very accessible so that you can respond to your teams quickly.

Also, allowances will need to be considered now that everyone is at home. We’re all trying to home school, complete our work to the best of our abilities plus tolerate partners also trying to work as well. AS leaders we will need to appreciate that a balance will need to be established. If the work is being completed on time, then you shouldn’t worry right now how your teams are doing it. Working hours may need to change and understanding of that is key and being fully understanding and supportive of your teams in completing their tasks is of paramount importance.

As we continue in lock down, understanding and patience is key as leaders. We may need to continue in a world of uncertainty and change for some time, so being connected to each other and listening to each other is so important now more than ever.

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