Managers and business owners
There’s so much for managers and business owners to think about right now and having to care not just for your own wellbeing, but for the wellbeing of your employees can feel overwhelming. Here are some tips and resources to help you create work environments where people feel safe, calm, connected and hopeful throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
Focus on what you can control
Our brains don’t like uncertainty. Usually, we manage it by creating plans and anticipating the future with some confidence, but that’s hard to do right now.
Try to focus on what you can control rather than worry about what’s out of your hands. If you’re a natural planner, it might help to consider different scenarios and think through what you could do if each were to happen. For example, if 25% or 50% of your staff all get sick at the same time, do you have a pool of agency staff you can call on to step in? Can your team create handover plans now to make things easier in the future? What support can you offer your team while they’re unwell? If your site manager needs to self-isolate for a week, do you have someone trained and ready to cover? What can you do if these things happen? Being prepared can help to take away some of the stress if these things were to happen.
Check out business.govt.nz for some advice on dealing with Omicron at your workplace here
Go easy on yourself and your staff
Reset your expectations to what’s going on now, rather than where you thought you’d be at this time. COVID is unpredictable and the stress and anxiety it can create is exhausting. So, go easy on yourself and your staff. If you or your team don’t achieve as much as you hoped, or you need to take things slow, it doesn’t mean you’re failing – it just means you need to take some time to let everyone recover. Giving yourself or others a hard time about it will only create more stress!
Keep the communication going
You’re feeling your way through this time just like everyone else, so don’t shy away from communication because you feel like you don’t have all the answers – no one expects you to! Try to keep up regular communication with your team, especially if you have people working from home – a Zoom morning tea can work a treat. Staff will appreciate open and honest chats and having the chance to share what’s going on for them.
For more COVID-19 workplace wellbeing resources, click here.
How to support your staff from afar
As managers and workplace leaders you can have a direct impact on the wellbeing of your employees. With many employees currently working from home, there are steps you can you take to support your teams in a remote working environment.
Creating a positive work environment during COVID-19
Demonstrating leadership, clear communication, knowing your team members and having regular check-ins are all essential aspects of providing a supportive environment for your employees.