Business NOT as Usual: 5 Ways to Rebuild Workplace Morale
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As businesses across all Canadian provinces begin to cautiously open economies, everyone is preparing for the return to their workplace. Naturally, there’s much emphasis on how to maintain safety and manage resources, but it’s equally important not to lose sight of employee morale.
As of now, we are still months away from having in-person all-hands meetings, but there is still a lot of uncertainty about what comes next. Will there be a second wave of the virus? What will this summer season look like? When will we be able to travel to see out-of-province family and friends? Or hold funerals, weddings, baby showers, and graduations?
The COVID-19 pandemic is a human, economic, and social crisis. We are facing unprecedented global unemployment, with rates in Canada as high as 85% in tourist hubs. Employers need to consider the effects all these changes can have, particularly on employee morale. It’s natural for employees returning to the workplace to experience fears and anxieties. Understandably, an invisible reassuring smile underneath your layers of personal protective equipment (PPE) won’t be enough to ease their worries.
Here are 5 ways to rebuild workplace morale when business is not as usual:
1. Maintain flexibility
2. Bring a pet to the office
3. Offer meaningful concierge services
4. Have a ‘crazy hair’ day
5. Don’t underestimate the power of old-school gratitude
Executive leaders should consider writing handwritten notes to thank their employees for their dedication and work ethic during these unprecedented times. Even the smallest gestures can improve morale, one size does not fit all! It doesn’t hurt to ask or survey employees for feedback on what free or low-cost incentives would make their life at work more enjoyable.
Through small steps such as these, rebuilding your workplace morale will be about having fun and showing appreciation. Just remember that is going to take some time. As we explore what “business not as usual” looks like together, we are here to help. David Aplin Group can provide clean and safe offices with temporary, contract, part-time, and full-time resources to bridge the gap as we all learn what our new normal will look like.
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