Covid-19: What Employees Expect From Their Leaders Right Now

Covid-19

We are living in an uncertain, and for many, a frightening time. We are in the midst of the global pandemic that is Coronavirus, or COVID-19.

Among the many concerns that the world’s population is facing, is their financial security and employment. With the United States currently having the most cases, the nation has seen a record level of unemployment claims.

For those of us who are lucky to still have employment, we are expecting amazing leadership from our employers and our superiors.

If you are a business owner or hold a senior-level position you want to take note of the actions we will mention in this guide. This is the time for you to exemplify your leadership during this trying time.

How to Display Amazing Leadership in the Time of Coronavirus

In the past few weeks, you will no doubt have seen a level of panic from your employees. This is the time to put them at ease with your leadership.

Use this guide as a continuous reference as you manage your business during our current crisis.

1. Prioritize

Needless to say, your workplace will not carry on with “business as usual.” You will have to prioritize the different tasks that usually happen at work.

Everything cannot be a priority. You have to decide what needs to be immediate and what can be put off until later or postponed indefinitely. If you have managers or heads of departments, you should ask them to decide what the priorities for their departments are.

We suggest having these priorities written down and clearly communicated to your employees so they know the protocol henceforth.

2. Analyze Solutions

This may sound horribly vague but this is one of the most crucial decisions you need to take. With the losses that many businesses are facing, companies are making rash decisions and laying off their employees.

Many of these decisions are hasty and even in a time of crisis, a business can find winning solutions.

If you come across such a situation with your workplace, you have to consider the solutions possible. If your business is to take losses and employee reduction is being considered – you should think about what you can do to avoid this.

Perhaps you can lower the number of hours? Or perhaps a temporary pay cut but without having to take away work from your employees?

Either way, this is the time to consider different solutions for the future of your business and not to be hasty.

Once this pandemic passes, companies that hung on to their employees will have a greater reputation. Companies that fired employees en masse — even if they are prestigious companies — will have seriously damaged their reputation.

3. Be Available

We know that you can not always be available. The workplace becomes busy and interaction between employees and their leaders often dwindles.

However, at this time you need to make yourself available for your employees. This is the time for leaders to lend a helping hand to disgruntled employees. If you visit page on employee assistance, you will have a better idea of how to serve your employees during the pandemic.

One thing that we suggest is that you keep yourself abreast of the news surrounding Coronavirus. Daily updates sent to your employees will put them at ease. You should also research what medical experts are saying to prevent the virus (social distancing, washing hands, etc.) and share these practices with your employees.

4. Record the Experiences

As arduous as this pandemic is, it will pass. This experience of the pandemic has taught others to prepare their businesses for the worst of times. And for the business who were not prepared, they will likely face dire consequences.

Ask your employees how they feel during this time. Ask the other members of management how they feel during this time. You want to gather honest responses on what the company is doing right and what could be done better.

You also want to keep records of what you have been doing to handle your business during this crisis. For example, were you able to make your employees work from home? If so, what software programs worked best for communication and for completing tasks?

Keeping a record of how your company handled itself during the pandemic will make it well-equipped for any future crises.

5. Teamwork

A good leader is not aloof — they know how to work with a team. Communicate and decide with your team what the best decisions are for the company. As we mentioned earlier, if members of your team manage departments, trust them to make the right decisions.

Do not feel that you alone have to bear the burden of what the company is going through.

Assign different tasks and additional responsibilities to your team members. For example, you may tell one employee to be in charge of managing the remote team meetings, and another to help you research Coronavirus information to share with the company.

6. Regular Communication

In this time of crisis, there is an even greater need for regular communication.

Make sure you are sending updates to your team regularly. During this uncertain time, make sure that your employees are always aware of what the company priorities are. They may need an agenda for each week so that they are not confused about what to do.

Regular communication also includes reassurance and positivity. You want to make sure that your employees do not feel stressed constantly. Maintain an atmosphere with your team. Take the time to ask your employees how they are doing. Ask them about their families.

If they are concerned about their families, particularly vulnerable members like the elderly or young children, share safety precautions that they can take. This is the time to treat your employees as if they were your own family.

The pandemic is one of the worst times we are facing. But we have also seen some of the best aspects of humanity shine through the pandemic. You must follow suit.

Lead the Way

Now that you know how to display amazing leadership during our Coronavirus pandemic, you can take the steps to continue with work while maintaining a sense of peace amongst your team.

Be sure to read more about technology and how to use it to optimize your tasks.

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