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How to Re-engage Employees After the COVID-19 Shut Down

So many things have changed in the last few months. We all went from leading perfectly normal lives to adjusting to a whole new lifestyle within a couple of weeks. This includes how we interact with others, how we work, and even how we feel. It hasn't been an easy time for anyone, and you should keep this in mind as you re-open your doors and re-engage your employees. That's why we compiled 5 ways to re-engage your employees after shutting down!

1. Implement Cleanliness Standards

As businesses have re-opened, they have all had to implement stringent cleanliness standards. Whether your business interacts with customers or completes tasks without any interaction, there should be standards in place for social distancing, sanitization, and other cleanliness expectations. Showing your employees that you are taking their health seriously is a great way to start off the re-engagement process. Click here for CDC tips on how to clean and disinfect your facility.

2. Re-establish or Set Company Goals

After extended time away from the office, it may be time to re-establish pre-pandemic goals and perhaps even set new goals. This is up to you and your team to discuss what your future looks like. Challenge your team to take their work to the next level and let them have a say in the goals they feel should be met. This is an excellent way to get daily operations rolling again while communicating what expectations are moving forward.

3. Be Prepared with Answers to HR Questions

Many HR questions may have come up over the last couple of months and it will serve you well to be prepared to answer your employee's questions. There have been several policies that have come out to address COVID-19 concerns, so there will be more questions than you may have originally planned for. Luckily, we can help you with this!

4. Check-In Regularly

Your employees may have more questions or concerns than usual. Do they have any issues with your cleanliness standards? Are they struggling with getting integrated back into the office? Are they reaching their goals? These and so many other questions are important in a world revolving around a pandemic. Be present and attentive.

5. Communicate

We seem to touch on this in almost every one of our blogs, but it's because it's important! Communication cannot be stressed enough and there should always be space for you to communicate with your employees and vice versa. There are a variety of scenarios in which communication would be key to solving problems in the office and making sure everything is running as it should.

Some may be excited and ready to return to work while others may be more reluctant to return to normal operations. Either way, it's important to re-engage your employees in a way that will make them feel safe returning to work.

If you have any questions on policies or requirements for resuming activity, contact us!

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