- April 20, 2020
- Posted by: Corina Vucic
- Category: Human Resources
Previously, working from home- even a day a week – was often viewed as a perk by employees. They avoided the time and cost of travelling, they could achieve things around the house in their lunchbreak, and many employers allowed some flexibility around work hours so they could pick up kids from school or attend medical appointments and make up the time later. Now that that working from home is mandatory for many employees, it’s no longer a perk but a hard necessity with a lot of peripheral baggage weighing in on the experience.
How can you help your employees adjust?
- Counsel them to take time out to process how they are feeling
- Encourage them, where possible, to set up home environments that are just about work
- Provide them with reputable sites to go for factual updates on COVID-19
- Provide advice on keeping how to keep their head-space clear
- Allow flexibility in their working hours – children don’t respect timetables – but the work can still get done
- Don’t be afraid to keep the workload up there – it’s a distraction
- Embrace online technology for frequent work meetings and social interludes
- Provide a virtual staff kitchen where everyone can share experiences and have fun
- Circulate mental health resources like SALT’s Lunchbox seminars (link to flyer)
If you’d like to read a more fleshed out version of this, click here.