Our prioritization in new normal (Covid-19)

We are still facing an unpredictable condition as more Covid-19 cases Worldwide, which is why it’s important to do a vigilant check of your policies and procedures to keep clients, patients and employee safe and sound.

This can take many forms: In the workplace, it means reducing exposure, such as limiting staff in the lunchroom or demanding face masks. It means limiting non-essential meetings and leveraging video conferencing with your team whenever possible. It means shared physical space between employees and patients, including avoiding greetings that involve touching or hugging.

Of course, with all new things come encounters, and we are seeing new information daily. In this continuation, I am sharing and updated latest practices for leaders, whether their teams are still working from home or preparing to return at site environment.

Also read: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): What parents should know

Maximize remote team’s productivity.

What if a certain employee is still having trouble adjusting to remote work, and as a result, productivity levels drop? By offering productivity tools and tricks, this challenge can be alleviated. Let’s consider some choices:

  1. Provide resources for a proper work-from-home setup. 

Educate staff on an appropriate workstation setup and remote work prerequisites.

  1. Define planning and goal setting for remote employees. 

Communicate with team members that SMART planning and goal setting is compulsory. Lead video meetings to delegate tasks to the appropriate team members and follow up on progress via video conferencing. This strategy sets a real tone for employee accountability, engagement and discipline.

  1. Host virtual happy hours to keep team members connected. 

Many employees experience anxiety and isolation when working from home. Solution? Spend time with your team catching up, and not necessarily about work. Virtual happy hours are a great tactic to overcome negative feelings of social distancing and instead, create a positive feeling of relevancy. Person-to-person interactions are the building blocks of culture, even virtually.

  1. Demonstrate empathy for employees balancing child care during the workday. 

Many day care services have closed their doors; even if some are reopening, parents may not be fully comfortable releasing their children back into the public child care system yet. Solution? Have a conversation with your team about staggering shifts, or set a schedule that allows employees to balance work and child care with their partners’ schedules.

  1. Carefully consider when it is safe for your team to return to the office.

When an infectious disease no longer exhausts the medical center’s capability to handle it, the threat would be considered lower risk. As a CEO, business owner and leader, it is your special duty to do your due diligence before opening your corporate doors. 

Here are some factors to consider:

  • Where are you located? This is the most vital element to consider. Monitor Covid-19 cases and stats within your vicinity to reach a decision. In British Columbia, where I’m located, the rate of Covid-19 cases is relatively low compared to the rest of Canada. In Florida, at time of writing, cases are increasing daily. Keep up withlive Coronavirus updatesbefore you consider full operation, and always pay attention to the most up-to-date information from reliable public health sources.
  • How big is your office space, and how many employees do you have? These two factors are correlated. Do you have enough space in your office to create a structured layout and spread out your staff to meet health and safety regulations? If you lack sufficient space to create a structured layout arrangement, continue to encourage the remote work setup.
  • Is your staff ready to return to work?Are they anxious? Eager? Not ready to be in a public setting yet? Manage and remind your employees of the resources available to them through your organization, including communication, tools and services such as EAP (employee assistance program). To avoid high levels of stress, disseminate the new plan of action (new office layout and safety rules), and communicate that it is in place to protect them.
  • Also read:  Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public

Remember that taking care of yourself is equally as important. The care you exude for your employees shows in your behavior, and leading by example is the most effective self-care you can model.

The world is changing, and the pandemic has accelerated this shift. While Covid-19 is undoubtedly going to change daily operations, now is the time to think more seriously about alternative sources of revenue to adapt and plan for the future.

Pl read this article: WHO Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus

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