The COVID-19 pandemic has been and continues to be scary. But what should you do if their fears keep employees from coming to work? It’s Thursday morning, and three workers call out. One has a dental emergency, one is caring for a sick child, and the other says that she’s not coming in as long as the coronavirus presents a risk. What can you do legally, and what are the worker’s rights? … [Read more...] about When Workers Are Too Afraid to Work
Your workplace can be affecting your employees’ wellbeing. Look around for ways to keep everyone happy, healthy, and productive – even in times of stress. Back in May, the World Health Organization predicted a “massive increase in mental health conditions” caused by pandemic-related anxiety and isolation. Since then, digital platforms such as Talkspace have reported spikes in activity; and a Kaiser Family Foundation survey says that more than half of American adults report that the pandemic has worsened their mental health. Despite your best efforts, many of your workers may be hurting. Consider how you can change and adapt their environment to boost their mood and reduce their anxieties as they return to the workplace. … [Read more...] about From Chaotic to Comfortable: How the Right Environment Can Maximize Workplace Mental Health
Your employees are trying hard to cope during these challenging times, but data shows that they are hurting and need help coping. With change and innovation happening almost daily in the world around them, your employees have become incredibly adaptable. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, most people took a deep breath and focused on getting through it, often in creative, ingenious, and fun ways. However, try as they might, the pandemic and the isolation, uncertainties, financial challenges, and feelings of loss caused by it have taken their toll. A new survey shows the impact on your employees mental health and what you can do to help. … [Read more...] about Survey: Depression, Anxiety, PTSD Skyrocketing During Pandemic
Consider these innovative ways to show employees that their safety is a top priority…now and into the future. Your employees and colleagues, whether they’ve been working onsite or functioning remotely, increasingly will look to organizational leaders to keep them safe and healthy in the months (and years) ahead. This means going beyond business as usual; and it will take more than hand sanitizer dispensers in the lobby and the break room. Don’t wait until a second wave of COVID-19 or another health crisis hits to strategically plan for the new normal of workplace safety. … [Read more...] about Workers Are Counting on You to Keep Them Safe Post-COVID: Are You Ready?
Here’s how to tell if your dismissive, uncommunicative boss is a quirky character, a poor manager, or has a personal problem with you. You’ve been at your company for two years, and you think you’ve been doing a good job. You’ve been a team player during the pandemic and have kept things moving along smoothly. Your colleagues often come to you for advice or just to talk when they need a boost. Yet you’re having trouble connecting with the CEO or other executives in the C-suite. Is it your imagination, or does this person have a personal problem with you? Read on for the red flags to watch for and what you can do to improve the relationship. … [Read more...] about It’s Not Personal…or Is It?
Between politics and the pandemic, conversations can heat up quickly. Focus on common goals, ideas, and interests to keep your workplace cool. Mix politics with a pandemic, and the result is potentially explosive. However, leaders in the field suggest some strategies for keeping the heat down and teamwork up, even when workers have opposing and passionately held beliefs. … [Read more...] about How to Unify Employees When Diverse Beliefs Threaten to Divide Them
When you or your employees are a target of anger and/or outrage, it’s frustrating and uncomfortable. But you may be more in control than you think. The challenges of dealing with angry people – at work and in life – have come center stage recently, due to people posting videos and stories of “Karens” and “Kevins,” slang for people complaining and causing trouble for others in their communities. These are individuals who exhibit outraged, angry, entitled, paranoid, and/or abusive behavior toward others, most often with little or no provocation. We have all encountered these men and women is one form or another. The question is how to deal with them in a professional, respectful, and calm way, particularly when just walking away isn’t an option. … [Read more...] about Pandemic Brings New Attention to Dealing with Angry People
Do your teams love or hate virtual meetings and events? It’s up to you to make sure these activities are engaging, energetic, productive, and pleasurable for participants. Here’s how. Team communication has become a challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many organizations have turned to videoconferencing technology to keep people connected and engaged. While these interactions can be productive and even fun, they also can be frustrating and burdensome. Read on for strategies to ensure that you and your colleagues use the right videoconferencing technology for the right purposes to get the right results. … [Read more...] about To Zoom or Not To Zoom
New data suggests that the COVID-19 crisis is having a real impact on employees’ mental health and affecting their ability to function. You can help them. It’s no surprise that the COVID-19 crisis has taken a toll on workers’ mental wellness. However, according to a new SHRM survey, up to a third of employees often feel symptoms of depression as they deal with this crisis. … [Read more...] about Survey: Employees Feel Burned Out, Depressed, Tired But Don’t Seek Help
How can you ensure harmony in the workplace in a world where employees are playing different songs? At a time in our country when tensions are high and the future is uncertain, disagreements can easily evolve into bad blood between workers who hold diverse opinions and beliefs. By setting an example and focusing on common goals and interests, managers and other leaders can help maintain peace and productivity in the workplace. … [Read more...] about How to Unite Workers Across the Ideological Divide