The current health crisis in America has many employees on edge with uncertainty. With the CDC's recommendations to encourage social distancing, it's important that you take the time to reassure your employees and encourage proper precautions. Here's my top 3 recommendations for supporting your employees during this time.
1. Encourage Working From Home
If at all possible, consider allowing remote work for the time being. This will help to keep your employees healthy, prevent the spread of disease, and also to protect loved ones who may be elderly or immunocompromised. This will also allow parents of young children who are out of school due to the virus to be there for their children and get their work done.
2. Be Flexible
For many, kids are out of school indefinitely, loved ones may be at high risk, and some may have to put important events on hold. Be understanding and flexible to the best of your ability during this time. Regular remote polices, such as needing childcare or working strict core hours, may need to be reexamined for the time being. If your employees must come into work (and I emphasize MUST), offer hand sanitizer and encourage social distancing.
3. Offer Support
Make sure that your employees know that you're there to support them through this crisis. Whether it's navigating the bumps of transitioning to remote work, helping them look into their health benefits, or just being a source of comedic relief during this serious time, try to make sure your employees feel supported.
Want more info? Here are some resources for businesses during COVID-19:
CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and You
CDC Resources for Businesses and Employers
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources