With so much of life changed due to COVID-19, it is hard to know how to be a good employer in the current situation. In the UK, life is tentatively returning to normal, but the threat of COVID-19 remains, so it is difficult for employers to know how to manage this. Every business seems to have a different approach, so what should you be doing at this time? There are a number of ways to be a good employer right now that will help staff to feel valued and help you to build towards a bright future for your business after such a challenging period.

 

Make Communication A Priority

First, you should prioritize communication and encourage people to come forward if they have any concerns, questions, or ideas. These are unchartered waters now, and everyone is reacting differently to the situation, so you want to ensure that everyone feels comfortable and supported.

 

Offer Flexibility

Whether to stick with remote work, opt for a hybrid model, or return to the office full-time is a tough one that every employer has been struggling with. In this current situation, flexibility is best as many people are still worried about returning to the office and using public transport, but there are also those desperate to get back to the office. Hybrid work can keep both camps happy and could work well if managed properly.

 

Provide Training & Development

Away from the pandemic, you also need to be doing all that you can to keep staff happy and engaging. Training and development is an excellent ways to do this and should increase engagement. You can use learning management systems like thinqi.com to provide progressive learning opportunities and experiences that will be fun and engaging while helping staff develop and progress their careers.

 

Focus On Employee Wellbeing

The pandemic has affected everyone in some way or another. But, unfortunately, it will not be a case of business as usual, and it is important that you are doing all that you can to offer support to staff during this difficult time. You can do this by checking in with everyone regularly, providing resources, and creating a supportive environment in the workplace.

 

Make Employees Feel Valued

Many people have or plan to move jobs, and this is because people have had time to reflect during COVID-19. One of the simplest ways to avoid this (other than remote work opportunities) is to make sure that staff feels valued. You can do this by providing regular positive feedback, showing your public appreciation, and involving staff in the decision-making process.

These are a few of the best ways that you can be a good employer right now. This is an exceptional and challenging time for employers as a result of the pandemic, which is why you need to know how to support and look after staff so that you can keep them happy, offer support and take positive steps forward for the business.

By Lisa Baker, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Lisa Baker is the owner of Need to See it Publishing Group, providing contract news for business and news sites across the UK. Lisa is an experienced HR writer and commentator, editing HR publications for more than 5 years.