Tips on improving employee morale during lockdown

Published On 30th July 2020 by One Avenue

Tips on improving employee morale during lockdown

Working from home can have many benefits but also limitations for both employees and their employers. As COVID-19 has caused unprecedented chaos in our personal and working lives it is understandable that many people are struggling to adapt to a remote style of working. Doing the washing and tidying up can often be a welcome distraction if you’re stuck on a piece of work or you’re feeling tired.

As some sectors have come to a standstill such as the aviation, real estate and tourism industries there are many service providers that have had to quickly shift their staff to home working whilst reducing the impact on their customers.

If we assume this is to become the new norm, we must understand that the biggest risk in the long run is going to be employee morale. Keeping staff committed, loyal, efficient and offering the same quality levels in comparison to pre-COVID-19 is going to be a challenge.

Here we look at ways in which you can keep your employees upbeat, positive and motivated in the coming weeks and months.

Be transparent

Employees want to feel communicated with and informed about what is happening. It is an unnerving time; even more so when people are feeling isolated at home. If the business is suffering due to the current climate; don’t keep it from the staff. Keeping staff informed on the business’s current performance will avoid any misunderstanding and conflict. Have regular meetings via platforms such as Zoom and Skype and other video platforms available.

Provide engaging activities

Remote working can be nice sometimes but after a while it does become monotonous. In an office, employees have the opportunity to socialise with others during lunch and tea breaks. Trying to achieve the same level of engagement at home is not possible. Tackling these issues can be done by holding team-building activities which include conducting live sessions/platforms for employees to showcase their skills, projects and talents.

Encourage employees to be creative

Once we are past COVID only a creative workplace will survive. Remote working can lead to lower productivity levels and increased employee weariness and burnout. Now is the perfect time to get employees to showcase their creativity to help improve morale. Offer workshops to recognise those innovative employees in your workforce.

Upskill your staff

Upskilling your staff is a constant effort. The current crisis has proved this more so than ever before. Providing reskilling and upskilling opportunities can focus on emotional intelligence and additional technical skills.

Empathy

It is only natural that employees’ lives are a little bit more chaotic than usual. They may be working with young children at home or struggling to adapt to remote working. Remember home working is not for everyone. It is therefore only natural employees want some downtime. Have some compassion by allowing leave to your employees without feeling the need to ask why. You can also offer flexible working options to your staff so they can work to their fullest potential. In addition to this try and not judge an employee’s performance, especially poor performance, until you know the full situation on why performance has dropped.

The world has changed significantly and employees are a big part of this change.

Upskilling your staff is a constant effort. The current crisis has proved this more so than ever before. Providing reskilling and upskilling opportunities can focus on emotional intelligence and additional technical skills.

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