Steve Fillebrown, a coaching client and health economist who runs his own company, Clearview Consulting Partners, recently posted the following article on issues we face as our economy reopens. I thought some of the points he raised might be relevant to many of my executive clients, so I am reposting it here.
The points about fear and potential inequities associated with reopening are of particular interest to both employers and employees during this time. The experts are telling us that, at least as for now, risks are dropping and becoming manageable. But will all workers accept that assessment? Companies need to be ready to help employees deal with those fears or face workforce and morale issues as they reopen.
Implemeting the following practices could go a long way towards a smoother reopening:
Hearing out concerns
Providing factually based information
Making adjustments in the company, such as providing day care services for the children of their employees
Similarly, the inequities presented/exposed by this virus are real. Top management can carefully examine and make appropriate changes in company policies and procedures to create a more equitable work environment.
In short, while some things about the current situation are out of our control, there are steps that pro-active management can take to create a productive but safe workplace.