The global pandemic and economic uncertainty have created havoc in everyone’s personal and professional lives. There are a number of activities that those of us heading up people teams can do to help employees better navigate the situation, provide platforms to keep them engaged and connected, demonstrate that the company cares, and monitor their emotional well-being.
1. Connect virtually at all levels: In a time of crisis, teams need to hear directly from their leaders and be given the opportunity to ask questions. At our company, we are addressing this via regular virtual town halls, but all-staff meetings are only part of the equation. Departmental meetings, smaller team check-ins and one-on-one meetings are critical. While seeing colleagues can offer some connection, it also offers managers the opportunity to take in visual clues about an employee’s emotional state