According to the BBC, as of June 2020, almost 9 million workers, from 1.1 million different employers, were furloughed in the UK as part of the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
There are still thousands of workers who, since the beginning of the pandemic, have been operating out of their homes or – where safe to do so – their workplaces. Wages and hours may have been reduced, potentially placing more pressure on your staff. Those still working may have taken on the workload of furloughed staff, as well as continuing with their own, without any additional support.
The crisis will have affected all of your workforce. There are an increasing number of reports where the resilience of employees who have worked through tirelessly for the last 15-16 weeks is now starting to fracture resulting in sickness, errors, and unnecessary disputes.
Change can and will affect the wellbeing of your workforce, so supporting your staff throughout the crisis can be one of the best ways to boost morale and overall performance.
How Can I Support My Employees?
- Encourage Your Staff to Book Holiday
Many are facing summer without the anticipation of holidays. But they still need some respite so that they don’t burn out. Encourage them to take a break to recharge.
- Support Your Staff Working from Home
It can be difficult for your staff if they are not used to working alone and away from their usual work or site environment. Ensure your staff have a place to work that is comfortable and helps them to remain productive. You can download our poster to help your staff complete a Workstation Assessment.
- Look Out for Signs of Struggle
Changes in behaviour and attitude are tell-tale signs that your employees may not be coping. Additionally, the impact of COVID-19 on those who have responsibility for staff has brought a new wave of concerns. Be prepared to listen.
- Maintain Regular Communication
It is important to ensure that you keep everyone updated with the changes to the business. Ask questions, hold regular video call meetings, keep your staff talking to each other. Many grievances and issues can be solved through basic communication.
- Use THSP Tribe to Manage Your Staff
THSP Tribe will help you store, organise and manage your employee records online. This web-based HR management system will assist you to perform all aspects of your HR function – quickly, securely and cost-effectively. Flexible and highly configurable, it can be customised to your exact needs. It will help you to manage payroll, expenses, holidays, absence, timekeeping, training, health and safety, staff appraisals, pensions and more using one user-friendly interface.
THSP’s Employment Safe service can support your individual business needs and help you to manage your workforce using the best practices. For more information on how our Employment Safe service and THSP Tribe tool can help your business, call us on 03456 122 144 to speak to one our friendly advisors today.