As offices around the globe begin to reopen, new workplace challenges await. With social distancing and restrictions on workplace interactions, employees are likely feeling a bit isolated.
You might have even noticed a slump in productivity and morale as a result of all the changes. Not to mention, some workers are apprehensive about being back in the workplace.
Acknowledging that this is a difficult time and recognizing the extra effort everyone is contributing is crucial to maintaining positivity in your office right now.
3 ways of appreciation
Here’s how to show your staff you recognize their hard work during this difficult time, according to Inspirus’ VP of customer experience, Theresa Harkins:
1. Cater to their preferences. Employees like to be recognized in different ways – there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. Some may prefer one-on-one praise, while others enjoy public appreciation. Encourage your managers to ask employees how they like being recognized at work.
2. Check in regularly. As mentioned, the distancing measures at work have likely left employees with some feelings of loneliness. And because of all the daunting protocols, they may feel hesitant to approach you face-to-face. Make an effort to check up on employees and remain open to any questions or concerns – even if it has to be while standing six feet away.
3. Be open about gratitude. Just one comment about how they’re doing a good job can make a big difference in someone’s day. Make note of the creative ways employees are helping their colleagues despite the circumstances, and recognize that behavior.