The current Covid-19 pandemic has forced many countries to implement lockdown or Movement Control Order (MCO) to contain the spread of this virus. Businesses are affected, and in order to continue their operation, companies have started to implement “Work from Home” culture. Unlike many other companies in the West, this culture is not a norm for many companies in Asia. Employers and employees are forced to adapt to it overnight, and this has eventually caused a diversed effect towards the morale of all employees and employers themselves.
As an employer, it is never easy during these situation and employees will usually look up to their employer to set a direction and to boost the morale of their employees. There are a few ways that employers could practice in order to boost their employee’s morale.
1. Be open for communication
Employers should encourage all employees to be open for communication. This is the key in keeping everyone in the company to be on track, and to address any work anxieties or uncertainties that may surface during this working from home period. This can be easily done through all the online communication platform made available such as Zoom, Skype, and Microsoft Teams.
2. Relaxing Company Policy
Employer’s support during this period is extremely important as some employee may have experienced a big adjustment in their daily routine. Especially for employees with young children who are unable to attend schools. During this time, employer may consider setting a flexible working hour for these employees in order for them to juggle their work tasks and time for their children. Employers could also set a daily task goal to be achieved, instead of setting a 9am to 6pm working hour.
3. Reduce Risk and Educate
For employees who travel frequently for work, their job task should be revised as traveling is not advisable during this period. This is also to reduce the risk of the employee being exposed to the widely spread virus. For those who work in high-risk environments such as employee in supermarkets, airports, hospitals or petrol stations, they should be provided with sanitising necessities, and personal protective equipment (PPE).
Even if employers are willing to adapt to maintain their employee’s morale during this difficult time, all employee should not be taking this for granted. This pandemic is not easy for employees, and it goes the same for employers. The best way to survive through this difficult time is to stay together, and be supportive of one another.
Hawt Dotz is currently practicing working from home in support of our Government’s Movement Control Order to break the chain of this continuous spread of the virus in our country. Let us know how we can help you in your post-MCO plan. You may drop us a message , and our team will get back to you as soon as they can.