As companies begin to reopen offices during the pandemic, the first leadership conversation with employees should be based in empathy and reinforcement of the message: “We care about our employees. Your health and safety is our top priority.”
Finding ways to lessen office commute fears and potential virus exposure to your office is a win-win for employees and business continuity.
One solution is fostering a corporate culture that emphasizes patience and encourages trial and error, so that errors are forgivable as long as they lead to improvement.
When Americans were told to “lock down” and to “stay home, stay safe” during COVID-19, many took it to mean cook and eat all day—while stretched out on the couch watching television. As a result, many are heavier and in worse physical (and maybe mental) shape than they were a year ago.
What often works far better to motivate employees is individual recognition in front of peers and creative, experiential incentives.
“Culture fit” often translates into a requirement that new employees have similar life experiences and a similar perspective as existing employees, thereby often eliminating women and minorities.