We typically define well- being in terms of emotional, physical, social and financial wellbeing and while employee wellbeing has always been the purview of HR professionals, it has been taken to a stratospheric new level moving into, what some are calling, the 13th month of 2020, January 2021.
Never in most of our lives have our employees needed more care, empathy and information that they do today. At every turn they are struggling with at least one, if not, multiple of the above areas that define wellbeing. They no longer get the immediate feedback that was part of their everyday office life, where a simple smile, or gesture of reassurance was more than welcome on the days that were difficult. They had opportunities to use the gym, stay physically active, to socialize with family and friends and to feel some sense of control around their financial future. If any one of the above areas is in question, it can cause employees not to be able to bring their best selves to work, but when all four have been impacted and the same time, some fee they are driven to distraction by what feels like an out-of-control life.
Employers need to step up and step in at every opportunity and this is NOT just the purview of the HR function. This is every people leader’s role. Your employees need to know that you care, and they need to know that you are there for them, as a beacon in the night, assuring them that life will return to normal and that you are there to support them with whatever resources are at your disposal should they and their families need them
- Make it simple for people to connect and do their jobs no matter their circumstances
- Gauge employee sentiment via a pulse survey to understand where people are struggling
- Bring to light information and opportunities that are specific to them so employees can thrive amidst uncertainty
- Employee needs haven’t changed, just evolved.
Valuing every person, every day goes a long way in honoring employee needs and understanding motivations.
- Offer a wellness platform, like Vitality, that all employees can engage with virtually
- Create contents that employees can participate in on socially distanced teams or individually
- The COVID 15 is no joke. Being overweight can increase health risks, so help employees to shape up by offering education on healthy eating
- Nurturing new hires to accelerate their productivity
- Providing employees access to relevant learning and development to foster their growth
- Enabling meaningful manager feedback and coaching to boost performance
- Increasing motivation by recognizing employees when and how they want to be spotlighted
- Keeping a pulse on how employees are feeling
- Offer financial planning courses on subjects of interest to wide ranges of employees
- Talk openly about the benefits of Living Trusts, saving for retirement and the benefits of a 401(k)
- Ensure employees, if you are able, that their job is secure. The stress created form an uncertain financial future is keeping many people up at night.
HR leaders have an opportunity and an obligation to get this right. Now is the time to reach out to your employees and ensure they know that you care about them not only as employees, but as human beings.