The key takeaway from the recent virtual group discussions was that supporting employee welfare is a holistic process that involves not only a reachout, but also developing programs and initiatives to help upskill and reassure the employee and support their families in the process. Read till the end to find out how you can be a more empathetic leader with a super productive team.
Huge shout out to Peter Lawfor this awesome visual from our last set of sessions!
Each week, we are joined by global HR leaders to brainstorm, share learnings, and collect insights on how organizations can come out on top of this crisis. You can also be a part of one of our upcoming virtual group discussions.
Here's what we've learnt from our most recent sessions:
1. Identify and Work with Team "Champions" to Keep Engagement Levels High
2. Allow Flexible Working Hours for Employees to Measure and Work when Most Productive
Our attendees emphasized that since allowing flexible working hours productivity has actually spiked. Rather than forcing noctural employees to conform to traditional office timings they're finding success allowing those employees to work when works for them, in turn boosting engagement as well. Just make sure you're using these work from tools to help make remote work, regardless of time, streamlined.
3. Create a Hybrid Work from Home/In-Office Model to Reduce Overhead Moving Forward
4. Build Holisitic Policies to Engage Employees and Show that You Care
Think about your employees as people, not resources. Follow the lead of our attendees and activate bonus relief funds, provide mental health resources for employees, make sure their families are getting the care they need, and share resources such as trainings or online learning subscriptions to ensure a holistic L&D program during this crisis. It's not only the ethical thing to do, but the financially responsible one as well as you will see as the crisis subsides.
These sessions have so far been a treasure trove in terms of learnings and we will ensure the word gets out for every organization to implement and navigate this stressful, changing period together.
We would love to thank the HR leaders who make time to do their bit for their people and business as we cope with COVID-19 together.