Frontline staff have emerged as heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic, but a new report suggests they’re not always treated that way. As a result, some of them may be lured to other industries for better pay and more recognition. “I will always say that this job is not about money – it’s about you working with your heart. But you also have to pay your bills.” This is just one insight from a new report, “Would You Stay: Rethinking Direct Care Job Quality,” that takes a deep dive into how frontline healthcare workers feel about their work, why they might leave, and what it would take for them to stay. … [Read more...] about Are Your Direct Care Staff on Their Way Out the Door?
Retention & Engagement
The longer the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, the harder it is to stay positive, energized, focused, and upbeat. Pandemic fatigue is a real thing, and no one is immune. Maintaining a healthy, happy, productive work environment can be challenging in the best of times. During the pandemic, this can be even more difficult; and with some employees working remotely, pandemic fatigue may not be apparent until it results in problems such as absences, errors, and reduced productivity. … [Read more...] about How to Fight Pandemic Fatigue
During this pandemic and beyond, managers must balance the company’s financial health with employee satisfaction. As a result, many stay awake at night wrestling with salary issues and how they can attract and keep great people with tight budgets. Money is on everyone’s minds these days as unexpected expenses, salary cuts, and mandatory unpaid days off have come with the pandemic. According to new data, managers are thinking a great deal about paychecks during this difficult time. Nearly half (47%) say they are “very concerned” about their organization’s ability to retain valued staff, and 41% are “somewhat concerned.” About a third (39%) attribute their concerns to plans for pay reductions or salary freezes. … [Read more...] about Your Company’s Conundrum: When the Pandemic Punch Hits Payroll
Employers are getting creative in their efforts to support employees’ physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing as the COVID pandemic rages on. Your employees are juggling enormous responsibilities, stresses, and challenges right now; but you can help them eat, live, and feel better. Your efforts to address their wellbeing will not only make their lives happier and healthier; they will enhance productivity, engagement, and innovation on the job. … [Read more...] about COVID Can’t Stop These Inventive Ways to Address Employee Wellbeing
Windowed work is a breath of fresh air for remote workers grappling with pandemic-related challenges. While not a new concept, windowed work is gaining new attention. With more staffers functioning remotely, breaking the workday into specific windows of time for different activities is helping people cope with the stresses of balancing job, family, and other responsibilities. … [Read more...] about Open the Window for Worker Flexibility
The COVID-19 pandemic has been and continues to be scary. But what should you do if their fears keep employees from coming to work? It’s Thursday morning, and three workers call out. One has a dental emergency, one is caring for a sick child, and the other says that she’s not coming in as long as the coronavirus presents a risk. What can you do legally, and what are the worker’s rights? … [Read more...] about When Workers Are Too Afraid to Work
Here’s how to tell if your dismissive, uncommunicative boss is a quirky character, a poor manager, or has a personal problem with you. You’ve been at your company for two years, and you think you’ve been doing a good job. You’ve been a team player during the pandemic and have kept things moving along smoothly. Your colleagues often come to you for advice or just to talk when they need a boost. Yet you’re having trouble connecting with the CEO or other executives in the C-suite. Is it your imagination, or does this person have a personal problem with you? Read on for the red flags to watch for and what you can do to improve the relationship. … [Read more...] about It’s Not Personal…or Is It?
New data suggests that the COVID-19 crisis is having a real impact on employees’ mental health and affecting their ability to function. You can help them. It’s no surprise that the COVID-19 crisis has taken a toll on workers’ mental wellness. However, according to a new SHRM survey, up to a third of employees often feel symptoms of depression as they deal with this crisis. … [Read more...] about Survey: Employees Feel Burned Out, Depressed, Tired But Don’t Seek Help
A new survey shows that workers have adjusted to different ways of doing things, and they don’t expect to go back to ‘business as usual’ after the COVID-19 crisis has passed. Your workers who are able to function remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic are getting used to the new arrangement, according to a recent survey. In fact, some like it so much that they want to make working at a home a permanent arrangement. Read on for some insights on how employees are conducting remote work and what they think about this new paradigm. … [Read more...] about The New Normal: Employees Expect Different Dynamics Post-Crisis
According to a new study, workers lack confidence that their employer is prepared to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Only about a third (32%) of U.S. workers say they trust their organization’s management to navigate the COVID-19 crisis. A new national poll from Eagle Hill Consulting also reveals that only 45% think their company’s leaders moved quickly to adapt to the changing realities brought on by the pandemic. … [Read more...] about Do Your Employees Trust You to Successfully Address the COVID-19 Crisis?