COVID-19 has made productivity difficult for businesses. It can be difficult to see a light at the end of the tunnel, and as a result, your business may suffer with its productivity. But you can still encourage your employees to be productive. Here are a few tips to get you started.
As the pandemic progresses, more and more people have worked remotely instead of coming in to work. If your business enables your employees to work remotely, let your employees work from home. If they request to come in to work, oblige them. But give them the option, especially if they have legitimate concerns about working in a crowded environment during the pandemic. Worries about COVID-19 are real and can be detrimental to your business’s productivity. Giving your employees options that allow you to still support them will not only reassure your employees, but can increase the productivity of your business.
Keep Employees Safe
When your employees do come into work, and if that is the only option to operate your business, you need to keep them safe. The CDC has established specific guidelines for cleaning workplaces. These guidelines include wiping down surfaces and cleaning frequently touched objects. You will also want to encourage the use of masks and social distancing practices with your employees to keep them safe. For those who are worried about the pandemic, measures to keep them safe will be reassuring and help boost your business’s productivity during this crazy time.
Keep Morale High
But with all the restrictions and cleaning procedures, your employees may still feel burdened. They may find it difficult to cope with the new restrictions because the things they looked forward to at work don’t happen anymore. For example, if you used to do a pizza party every Friday with your employees but cancelled it due to COVID-19, your employees may be discouraged. To prevent this, find ways to keep morale high. Check in with your employees personally. Set aside time for weekly virtual hangouts. Play online games with one another. While you may not be able to do the regular morale building activities you used to, you can still spend time with your employees to foster morale.
As a business owner, it is up to you to keep productivity high in your business. COVID-19 poses unique challenges, but you and your employees can use this opportunity to boost productivity.
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