Going Back to Work: Combating Anxiety in the Workplace
The past few months have changed the way that companies around the world do business. Even as a company in an essential industry, MediSurge has had to shift the way our team functions during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Now, however, Governor Whitmer has lifted the Stay at Home order, allowing most Michigan employees to head back to their offices. Here are our tips on how to combat the anxiety that comes with that change.
Have a Plan
This is possibly the most important step to minimizing employee concerns. The entire COVID-19 situation has been characterized by uncertainty. The best way to combat this is with a comprehensive plan that has been clearly communicated with the staff.
Sit down with your leadership team to review the CDC and state guidelines for reopening. Make sure everyone thoroughly understands them, and then start to discuss how you’re going to follow all of them. Once leadership is on the same page, communicate the plan with your team, both verbally and in writing. That way you can answer questions before the process begins, and you can make sure your team has a guide to refer back to if they have any concerns moving forward.
Invest in Morale
This is a hard time for everyone. It’s important to treat each other with grace and to focus on team culture. Make sure your team knows who to turn to on your staff if they have questions. You may even want to release a list of local mental health service providers in case anyone wants to speak with a professional.
Meanwhile, start investing in morale. Our operators are essential workers, so they’ve been in our office every day. Because of that, we’ve been treating them to a catered lunch from a local small business every week. This small gesture helps keep a smile on our team members’ faces, and it helps local businesses get back on their feet with much-needed income. Try setting up an event like this to give your team something to look forward to every week.
Support Each Other
Keep this in mind: you’re a team. That means that every team member has a responsibility to help each other. We’re always around to support the people on our team, and we find it makes a world of a difference.
Encourage team members to be patient with each other and to check in on each other. When every team member feels valued and comfortable, they know that their workplace is filled with people who will have their back. That can help banish any anxieties about coming back to work or speaking up about their feelings. In the end, your team members are people. It’s important to treat them—and yourself—with grace.
Our team is ready and excited to help with your next medical device project. Reach out to us today!