Although, offices are opening up and people are going back to work in the office, work in the post-covid world has changed. If the reaction to the new Omicron variant is anything to go by, we can expect to keep seeing frequent precision lockdown strategies implemented across the globe for the foreseeable future–at least, until there’s a permanent cure.
Why This is Important
Even with a fully vaccinated staff roll, chances are that most companies will have to adopt a hybrid work model that allows employees come into the office a few times a week and work from home when necessary.
As a result, business leaders need to start reimagining the workplace and thinking of creative ways to take care of their staff or employees and meet their needs. It’s not enough to have a healthy balance sheet, your employees have to be in a great place mentally and emotionally, if they’re going to do great work.
So, how can you help make this happen as a leader and an employer?
Make Plans for a Flexible Working Arrangement
Granted, this might be a bit more complex than just telling employees to come into the office a few days a week, and spend the rest working from home.
You’ll need to figure out a plan that caters to tracking their productivity, ensuring they’re doing their best job, probably reexamine your current insurance policies, tweak workers’ comp terms, and much more. And you have to do this in ways that do not invade their privacy.
It’s a pretty tough job, but new challenges mean that you have to find a way to adapt. The good news is, if you can figure this out and implement a framework and new policies that actually work, then your company will be the better for it, as your employees’ morale will be pretty high, and they’ll be incentivized to do the best work possible.
Prioritize Individualized Support
Individualized support means that managers in a company do their best to provide the necessary support for their employees while demonstrating a solid understanding of their needs and situations when it came to work.
You’ll need to implement a company-wide program that essentially caters to this aspect of work for your employees. And in return, employees will feel like the company actually cares for them, thus encouraging them to better apply themselves to their work and the company’s goals.
Challenge Employees By Allocating More Responsibilities to Them
Even though this is counterintuitive, hear us out. In uncertain times, people often need direction and want to feel empowered. The best way a leader can provide that is by assigning new responsibilities that actually play to the employees’ strengths and experiences.
This will not only provide them with a sense of purpose, but it’ll also keep them productively engaged, leading to amazing outputs and outcomes in their work. Some good examples of new responsibilities might be leading teams and coaching or mentoring other staff. Even if you’re not sure about this, there’s no harm in trying it. You’ll find that your employees will be much better workers because of the new responsibilities.