Tips in Being an Excellent Employer in Times of a Crisis

Social Distancing

This terrible pandemic that engulfed the world has already brought the economy down in many ways. It has also changed life for many people. It’s even estimated that millions of people around the world could lose their jobs. As a business owner, it also takes a toll on you. This is not a crisis to be taken lightly. If you couldn’t navigate this crisis well, it could be a disaster for your company. 

Although your priority is to keep making profits and hope that your company stays afloat, you also have to think about your employees. If you’re having a hard time, it’s even more difficult for them. It is during moments like these when your integrity will be put to test. You need to keep your business moving, but you also have to take care of the people who work for you. 

Make sure they have what they need 

If your business has to close due to the social distancing policies, you need to make sure that your employees will stay fine. They need to have enough food on their fridge to sustain them over the next several days. You also need to ask them what else they need while your business isn’t functioning as usual. 

Consider this time a paid leave

It’s terrible that some employees have to work for companies where they don’t get paid if they don’t go to work. However, there’s no policy against companies employing this rule. This isn’t an ordinary time though. Your employees didn’t choose to be where they are now. If they have a choice, they would rather go to work and earn money. The best thing you can do is to keep their paycheck intact. Don’t take this moment against them. Just because they’re at home doesn’t mean they shouldn’t earn money anymore. Besides, if there’s a way for the company to keep its operations while the employees are at home, you need to find a way to do it. 

Conduct online meetings 

online meeting

Sure, employees don’t like getting called for a meeting all the time. They would rather get back to their stations to keep working. You’re calling for an online meeting not to give tasks. Instead, you just want to ask everyone how they are. You also have to consider employees who are without families. They’re alone during this difficult situation. It would be great if they can connect with everyone else through an online meeting. It keeps every employee mentally healthy. It also gives those employees with family members a break from their routine. 

The key in being an excellent employer is to treat your employees like family. You don’t want them to suffer even more during this difficult time. You have to care for them like they cared for your business. You might have to spend more for them, but your company can make it up later when things are back to normal. For some of these employees, the financial burden might be too much to take. 

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