Quarantine, self-isolation and social-distancing have become trend topics since COVID-19 crisis. Also, fear, uncertainty, anxiety, lack of communication and physical presence, none of which are good ingredients for healthy “Happiness at Work” which means that your organizational priorities and needs have changed dramatically during this pandemic. Regarding this new situation, what can we do to improve Happiness at work?
Please find a list of some tips to keep in mind to face this new reality:
- More focus and communication on RH structure: communicate on a regular basis with your team to let them know of any ongoing developments and what the company is doing to handle COVID-19. Regular communication will build trust and confidence between all the team members. There are plenty of new online platforms to communicate during this new situation that are very useful such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Slack that are very user-friendly. In addition, you should keep in mind communicating with your clients, partners and other stakeholders. For this target group you should develop messaging that assures that they are updated with the best information about what they can do.
- Explore options for virtual training to increase confidence, communication and skills: developing new skills and competences are a key nowadays especially because the world is facing, now more than ever, some quick changes and all the organizations need to adapt. Because of that, you should select the most important competences for the future in order to boost employability across the country. Online learning is a great way for people to upgrade their skills at any time and the team leader should provide frequent virtual training to offer equal access to develop multiple talents and skills that meet the needs of society today.
- Put more effort on identifying individuals’ strengths and assign work that takes advantage of these strengths: Help your team understand each other’s strengths and how these talents improve teamwork skills. Also, make sure you nurture and guide individuals to focus on their core strengths and then give them goals with their talent and responsibilities. As a result, your team will be more satisfied.
- Schedule short regular meetings to socialize and update on life in general: Shorter communication cycle times are more effective in building and sustaining confidence and engagement. Don’t let an employee go a day without checking in. Set clear expectations so everyone can be present and not distracted and make sure you stay in regular touch, ideally by video or phone call instead of e-mails or SMS.