How would your employees rate your response to COVID-19? Are your employees happy?
A new Prudential survey shows that most American workers give their employers high marks for how they’ve handled the pandemic. Half of workers feel more committed to their employers because of how they responded to the virus.
Why does this matter? It’s important that organizations retain and nurture employees who have weathered the storm with them during the coronavirus. As organizations move forward from here, they need to think about how they can help their employees – both remotely and in the office – collaborate, engage, and thrive.
Workplace changes will need to happen over the next few months. While employees have felt supported and have had the tools to do their jobs, companies must think and plan for what’s next. How will you help your employees be more efficient and productive as your workplace evolves and adapts to a new office infrastructure?
Here are 7 ways businesses can be more proactive and continue to engage, connect, and support their employees:
Know that we will never go back to “normal.”
63% of employees agree that the way Americans work will never go back to “normal.” The office infrastructure will be forever changed. That means office culture will change, too. Less time will be spent together, in-person with coworkers. Some employees may fear the office setting. Nearly 6 in 10 of workers say they will change their personal behavior at work to limit their contact with people. Health screenings will become part of the office norm.
Remote working will be part of the new workplace.
Working from home was trending even before COVID-19. Now, it just makes sense to provide social distancing and keep in-office workers safe. Most likely, fewer people will be working in the office than before the pandemic. 68% of American workers say working remotely will be much more a part of working after the crisis. 1 in 5 workers are seriously considering finding a job that allows them to work from home.
Worksites will restructure for social distancing.
66% of worksites will need to be restructured to create more personal space. Employers will need to adopt practices to keep employees safe in the workplace. Preventative measures, such as wearing face masks, sanitizing and cleaning office spaces, and social distancing will be enacted. 50% of employees want their employers to limit the number of in-person meetings even after the pandemic is over.
Learning will be important to employees.
Work benefits have become more important since the pandemic. 27% of employees are worried they may not have the skills for the jobs that will be available when the economy starts back up. Job training programs have become 40% more coveted by employees. Employers can provide valuable training and educational opportunities to their workforce.
Employers must create a culture of flexibility.
After working from home for almost two and half months, employees have become used to a more flexible workday. It’s time for employers to take away the artificial boundaries of working 9am to 5pm. Employees working at home should take the dog for a walk around the block. Workers in an office can run an errand to help them think through a work problem they’re trying to solve. Or, grab a cup of coffee from the shop around the corner and enjoy the sunshine.
Proactively keep your employees happy.
In today’s workforce, employees are seeking validation rather than feedback. Employees are more likely to stick with an organization that makes them feel like they are making a difference. The better experience for your employees, the better the overall workplace. Create a connection with workers and be more compassionate. Your employees will be more loyal, productive, and engaged within your organization.
Consider connecting your workforce with a mobile app.
At CatalystXL, we want to help you quickly and easily share information and foster collaboration across your entire organization. We can deliver a custom branded app that unlocks answers and provides insights via our Cardware platform – sharing categorized content in a powerful flashcard format. In short, flashcards provide bite-sized content for quick learning. A mobile app fosters a community of collaboration, engagement, and connectedness for your employees – both in and out of the office.
READ MORE: 7 Easy Steps To Create A Connected Workforce
As employers think about what the post COVID-19 workplace may look like, most workers agree that the workplace will never be the same. Employers can create the workplaces of the future. By thinking and planning for the longer term, you can help accelerate the future of work and have a lasting impact on how we work, where we work, and when we work.
Interested in learning more about launching your own custom branded mobile app to better unite your employees – and your entire organization?
Schedule a Cardware demo here.