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Tip 86: Helping Your Team Stay Well During COVID-19

During these stressful times and moments of uncertainty, leaders can implement strategies that help their teams maintain health and well-being. Here are some thoughts as you lead forward.

  • Transparency and information are key. Share the truth and be upfront about how this pandemic will impact employment and available resources. Using any format available.

  • Manage expectations. As priorities are adjusted during this transition, productivity will change. Be proactive and discuss the challenges and struggles employees are experiencing.

  • Encourage ongoing, real-time communications. Identify the subtle cues associated with higher-than-normal levels of stress, anxiety and disengagement.

  • Be aware of employee and team burnout. Remote work does not mean nonstop work. Check-in with your colleagues and encourage them to take-breaks, as well as log in and out with normal, in-person office schedules.

  • Include social interactions during your team and online interactions. Work environments are social places, not just work-focused buildings. Start virtual meetings with updates on family, friends and activities. Provide opportunities for your team members to share how they are coping with their new reality.

To read more about investing in team well-being during this time, click on this week’s Leadership tip article.