As we look to the recovery phase of the current crisis, our focus in still on our people and integrating them successfully back to a new work environment.
A positive return to work is multi-faceted, it requires managers and supervisors from within local governments communicating and collaborating with their employees for a successful return to work.
Communication is key to success and managers have an important role to play in ensuring a positive and successful transition back to the workplace. A safe and supportive workplace will enable employees to make a successful return. A number of factors can make it challenging, so how can we achieve this?
Ask yourself and your organisation:
Understanding that each employee is likely to have different circumstances and often fears, you should base conversations on your knowledge of your employee and circumstances. Ask the following to gain an understanding of their expectations about returning to the workplace:
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Active listening’ is at the core of good communication. When having a difficult conversation it is not enough to simply hear the words that are spoken: it is vital to listen attentively to the emotion and subtle nuances, which are central to understanding the employees viewpoint.
Obviously even leaders experience stress during difficult times and may need to prepare for difficult conversations.
Your employees will continue to need thoughtful, inspired leadership that helps them through this time of change.
Remember, BE KIND! Everybody is stressed and small acts of kindness and compassion help enormously.
Western Australia fared better than many locations around the world following the coronavirus pandemic. However, COVID-19 had an overwhelming impact on local governments and exposed weaknesses within every industry.
How local governments operate in a post COVID-19 world will determine future workplace success.
Ideally, local governments will exit the crisis better than before.