By Debbie Bolla
As the workforce looks to HR and leadership during this very uncertainÂ period of time caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19 ), we at HRO TodayÂ are here to provide you with the resources needed to successfullyÂ navigate the ever-changing environment.
In our cover story, COVID-19: HR Responds, I spoke with six HR leaders onÂ how they are managing through this global crisis. From shifting travelÂ policies to enlisting remote work, HR is doing what needs to be done inÂ order to keep employees safe, healthy, and productive. We also have a knowledge portal that houses theÂ latest research, advice, and best practices around COVID-19 and isÂ updated daily.
Based on research from various fields, including workplace wellness andÂ organizational leadership, Mercer suggests these three steps to helpÂ employees during a global health crisis.
1. Talk about it. One survey reveals that 66 percent of Americans thinkÂ the coronavirus is a real threat to public health. Concerns stem fromÂ business travel, overall uncertainty, the way organizations will respond,Â and being connected to someone with the virus. HR needs to provide aÂ platform for employees to express their views. Try virtual meetings, townÂ halls, or online chats. Mercer reports that studies show that social supportÂ increases resilience and the ability to cope.
2. Educate employees about preventative measures. One of the bestÂ ways to flatten the curve is understanding how COVID-19 spreads andÂ recognizing the first symptoms. Look to the CDCâs website for guidelinesÂ and share among the workforce.
3. Provide more flexibility. To keep employees healthy and prevent theÂ spread of the disease, remote work is a way to keep employees engagedÂ and safe. Ensure employees have the necessary means and the rightÂ technology to get their jobs done remotely. Mercer | Sirota has foundÂ that employees with flexible work arrangements are significantly moreÂ motivated and committed than their office-bound peers.
Stay safe… and informed!