The pandemic marks significant shifts in the way businesses run. As a business owner, entrepreneur, and leader, have you noticed a change in the needs and expectations of your employees?
According to Yale historian Frank Snowden, “Epidemic diseases reach into the deepest levels of the human psyche.” They cause us to examine how we spend our time and motivate us to make changes.
The American workforce was not left untouched. During the workday, workers logged on to Zoom meetings, wore sweatpants, ate lunch with our families, and bought pets to keep us company. They also were hit with a wave of depression, anxiety, grief, and trauma. A September 2020 study reported that since Covid, there’s been a 12% increase in Americans reporting depression symptoms in households that make more than $75k. That percentage increases as household income decreases. This trend continues to increase today.
As tempting as it may be for managers to jump back to pre-Covid 9-to-5, in-office ways, employees want – and often need – their leaders to address these issues.
If you’re wondering how to adjust, know you’re not alone. The Close HR Connections team can create your HR Game Plan to address situations in your organization like employee retention, workplace policies, employee engagement, performance management, hiring and onboarding practices, benefit plan offerings, community involvement, and more. Whether your organization is small or large, for-profit or non-profit, we have a solution for you. See a full list of our services.
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