Like just about everything else, employee care will look different post-COVID. Take a few minutes to think about how you will ensure that your workers feel comfortable, secure, and safe moving forward:
- Be open about mental health. As of April, 45% of U.S. adults say their mental health has been negatively affected by the pandemic. Make it clear to employees that your workplace is a safe space to admit to and discuss their feelings, fears, and concerns.
- Teach employees about their mental health benefits. Don’t assume that your workers know what benefits they have. Make sure they know what their health care coverage includes in terms of counseling, medications, etc. Let them know about free online services and supports. Use emails and videoconferences to remind workers that you have an open door policy.
- Make cleanliness a priority. Provide hand sanitizer, soap, masks, gloves, and other resources to enable workers to disinfect their workspaces and keep themselves clean and free from germs.