Harvard Business Review shared techniques how to support employees coping with the anxiety of returning to workforce despite epidemic

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Help Your Employees Manage Their Reentry Anxiety

Helping Employees Manage Anxiety – Harvard Business Review shared techniques how to support employees coping with the anxiety of returning to workforce despite epidemic

Summary:

Harvard Business Review provided ways employers can help their people cope with anxiety as workplaces re-open following mass lockdowns. Some points include:
  • Offer Internal Mental Health Support – Companies should let employees know their mental well-being is paramount and build in-house support that increases awareness, sensitivity and care for workers’ anxiety and concerns
  • Communicate Regularly – Continuously update staff on business performance and allow for two-way communications between leaders and employees to increase engagement and motivation
  • Address Health Safety Concerns – Mandate safety of workplace in accordance to U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, including sanitation, stay-at-home and sick leaves, personal protective equipment, and screening prior to entry
  • Conduct Re-Entry Bootcamps – Discuss topics such as personal resilience, emotional intelligence and hybrid team management in virtual re-entry bootcamps or orientations
  • Train Managers on Basic Techniques – Help managers familiarize with warning signs of anxiety and distress, support and check-in on staff, understand controllable and uncontrollable factors, and model right behaviors
  • Provide Support Networks – Give employees formal and informal support networks with colleagues, offering social support through online or physically with social distancing
  • Ensure Workplace Equity – Assure that offsite employees have equity with on-site workers and protect vulnerable workers as well as populations from discrimination
Company: Harvard Business Review (HBR)
Categories: Leadership teams, People and culture

Original publication date: June 24, 2020

Date last updated: July 30, 2020