Without knowing when the COVID-19 pandemic will end, it can be difficult to imagine what normal looks like. We are certain, though, that it won’t be as easy as returning to the way things were. The longer the world deals with coronavirus, the more challenging it will be for businesses to pick back up where they left off. That is why it’s essential to put a plan in place to rebuild after the pandemic. Here are a few tips to help your company return to normalcy after COVID-19.
6 Tips for Returning to Normalcy After COVID-19
1. Assess what has changed.
Your company and your employees have experienced a pandemic for the first, and hopefully the last, time. Many aspects of your business and your employees’ lives will have changed as a result, so it’s important to take a step back and analyze what those changes are. You can use this analysis to build a well-informed plan.
2. Consult your employees.
Each of your employees will have a different experience with COVID-19. Have a company-wide meeting, as well as one-on-one meetings, to further assess how their experiences have affected their mindsets, their work, and their lives. Open communication with your employees will allow you to have a more in-depth understanding of how to move forward.
3. Focus on mental health.
According to a new study, mental health has been greatly affected by the coronavirus pandemic for both front-line/essential workers, as well as those in other industries. Among many of the shocking statistics, one reported that 54% of the people involved in the study felt more emotionally exhausted as a result of COVID-19. It is essential to support mental health, as your employees’ overall well-being directly affects their experience with your company, as well as their productivity and quality of work.
4. Set new expectations.
Use what you’ve learned about how the pandemic has affected your business and your employees to set new expectations. Revisit your policies and procedures to look for possible revisions and talk to your employees about how you expect operations to resume. Communicate very openly and transparently with employees by sending informational emails, hosting Q&As, and promoting your open-door policy.
5. Revisit your remote work policy.
Many companies will come out of the pandemic with a better understanding of how their teams work remotely. Remote work creates more flexibility for your team and prepares you for future situations where you may not be able to work together in the office. This time is an excellent opportunity to revisit and add to your remote work policy, using what you’ve learned during this time to sharpen procedures and add structure.
6. Keep what you’ve learned.
Throughout this time, companies have found creative ways to keep their businesses strong and their employees connected. When the pandemic ends, it doesn’t mean that all of those inventive ideas have to stop. Consider the good that came from your company’s temporary changes and keep what worked for you!