#HRTrending - Three Quick Tips to Enhance Workforce Engagement During COVID-19
September 16, 2021
The public health crisis has been a disaster for both people and organizations. However, it is believed to have a stronger impact on businesses because it places additional pressure on leaders' and HR partners' decisions in the face of adversity.
HR partners and organization’s executives have been pressured to unlearn the “old” leadership manual, relearn and respond to modern styles as a result of the pandemic. Over the long term, leaders who can encourage confidence, seize opportunities and address challenges will secure organizational resilience and stability
But in the meantime, leaders who put a focus on human values by getting staff involved when working from home during the pandemic will succeed in keeping organizations together. In other words, organizational executives must take notice and build commitment mechanisms to aid workers in the absence of physical workplace experience to cope with the tension – which can be achieved through simple and easy-to-apply tactics.
So here are three useful tips for businesses to build and maintain harmonious relationships with their employees during the pandemic:
Virtual game nights: The capacity of videoconference networks such as Zoom & Skype can be used by businesses apart from work, such as holding interactive gaming meetings on a regular basis wherein workers could play with their teammates on selective “team” games like Pictionary, Tambola and Housie, etc. This will help companies to break the daily monotony by organizing certain activities for their overworking workers. Moreover, the opportunity to see familiar faces in video-calls together creates a good atmosphere and strengthens their overall connection.
L&D Opportunities: According to LinkedIn’s 2019 Workforce Learning Report, 94% of workers indicated that if learning opportunities are offered at work, they will continue working in their organizations. Therefore, in order to attract talents and improve employee retention rate during the difficult time, the companies must invest in the L&D needs of their workers – which can be done by concentrating on upskilling and reskilling.
Let’s speak: Companies should have simulated meetings and greetings for workers to chat about everything, to discharge their mental and emotional tension. Organizations could make contact with workers via these coffee sessions and forge a close bond in difficult times. In response, leaders must show a willingness to listen to employee hardships and implement initiatives to take great care of employees during difficult times. They need to create a positive atmosphere in which people believe that their voices are heard, contributing to a stronger sense of belonging within the organization.
To summarize, company and management guidelines have been entirely re-written over the last 14-15 months. As businesses continue to operate remotely, working at home is no longer just a temporary mode. Organizational leaders and organizations must then cultivate strong and empathic leadership to adapt to the present situation. Specifically, any leader ought to rekindle excitement and promote relationships with his/her distant remote staff to create “confidence” amongst his or her employees when working from home. When mutual harmony is established, employees are able to perform well at work.
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