First, the chart below shows the risk by age – this disease is very dangerous to at-risk populations and those over 70 years old. As much of our employees are under 70, this may be comforting. But it emphasizes that the risk to the families of your employees are high. Do you have employees who care for elderly parents? What about those near retirement? Do you have any people with asthma, auto-immune disorders? This is the world that your people are living in.
- What are you doing provide accommodations for and comfort to those who are at risk, or those who are fearful of being at risk? What communications are you sending? Are you able to increase the distance your employees need to be near each other? Are you able to make some exceptions for those who may be at risk?
Working remotely may not be an ideal option for most of you. But if some of your team is remote, you should consider a business license to Zoom, WebEx, Skype, or Microsoft Teams which is likely already loaded or available for download if you use Office365.
- You can do A LOT to provide a personal touch that helps calm your employees and shows them you respect their efforts and dedication by; being physically present, talking openly about future plans, not having too many closed door meetings, communicating with your staff every day, making sure you know about your employees’ personal concerns (even if all you can do is be empathetic) and ensuring your managers are keeping up with the emotional state of their direct reports.
- Oh, and don’t forget that there are some crazy rumors out there. Stop the spread of misinformation by debunking those for your employees. Here are printable lists of myths debunked.