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Ready to Bring Employees Back to the Workplace? Here Are 12 Things to Consider

As more states relax sheltering-in-place restrictions and permit organizations to reopen their doors to the public, HR departments will be busy coordinating those efforts. The list of things to do can seem daunting. Over the years, I learned that one of the best ways to tackle a big task like this one is to organize activities into smaller sections, so the effort is more manageable.    So, in thinking about everything that needs to be done when bringing employees back to the office, here’s a list divided into three sections: before, during, and after. 

How to Keep Employees Engaged and Productive in the Face of Disruption

As many businesses settle into a new normal, leaders’ focus is starting to shift away from immediate crisis control and toward putting sustainable processes in place for working through this period. Though leaders cannot (and should not) pretend that everything is normal, they still need to take steps to ensure their workforce remains productive and engaged.   While there’s no playbook for this situation, it’s important to do what you can to keep employee morale high, maintain continuity for your customers, and, ultimately, protect your company’s future. Here are a few steps you can take to gently promote productivity and engagement right now.

Best Practices for Building an Offboarding Experience

Over the past five weeks, jobless claims have totaled more than 26 million and that number might grow. We simply don’t know. What we do know is that our employees didn’t create this situation. If organizations are planning to lay off staff, it should be done with respect. That means creating an offboarding experience that gives employees the information they need and dignity they deserve.

How to Lead with Bounded Optimism—Through the Good and the Bad

In the age of coronavirus, many business leaders and HR professionals are left wondering: How can I best support employees in a rapidly shifting work environment? What can I do to inspire clarity amidst uncertainty? How much information should I share to keep my workforce informed—without creating unnecessary anxiety?  

How to Conduct a Virtual Business Meeting that Doesn't Waste Time

In a short period, COVID-19 has changed the way many organizations conduct business. And possibly, it’s changing the way we’ve previously viewed meetings. In the past, we might have dreaded those long afternoon meetings in the conference room. Now that many of us are working from home, it’s possible we’re longing for those days again. (Well, maybe only a little bit. It’s also important to maintain a sense of humor during times like these.)  

5 tips for managing employee communications during a crisis

During a time of crisis, whether it’s the current COVID-19 pandemic or a natural disaster, employees rely on HR and their leaders for trustworthy information. But in these types of situations, your typical process for disseminating news probably doesn’t cut it. There’s more pressure than usual to get information out fast and ensure the facts are right. Considering that, here are a few tips for making sure that employee communications run smoothly.   

How to manage different virtual worker personas

The past couple weeks have impacted different businesses in different ways. For those with roles that can be performed from home, many employees and their managers have been thrown into virtual work, with little to no time to prepare.    Even if you’ve had some experience with virtual work, suddenly managing a full-time remote team under the current conditions presents a whole new challenge—and not everyone will adapt to virtual work with the same ease.