Every day we hear of yet another wave of job cuts or downsizing at companies across the country. Many employees have witnessed their colleagues and friends disappear from their offices or warehouse. The same scenario is repeated everywhere. “Hey, that guy that I worked next to for 5, 12, 27 years. Where is he today? Gone? Moved? Retired? Oh! Who’s going to pick up his load ?……Oh.”
The loss of friendships, as well as the increased workload, stress, and the fusion of departments, has resulted in a lot of anxiety and stress throughout the world of business. Everyone hates feeling that way. The majority of employers do not like that for their employees. But, at this point, it’s typical for employees being concerned about any decision taken by their employer. The actions don’t need to be accurate but are anticipated or perceived. What can we do to help? It’s not the right moment to relax as everyone begins to eat in the office while they fight for positions or as employees start seeking out better opportunities. This is the perfect time to remind your team that you are proud of your employees and as individuals. Let them know that even in tough times, you must be a team that takes care of each other and that persevering through the storm can help your team grow more resilient. This starts from the top.
If you’re a decision-making person in your business, you’ll have some tough decisions to make in the context of staying afloat and investing in your employees to ensure their long-term and short-term future. Everybody knows that you have to keep your employees satisfied and motivated to keep their loyalty and create an effective team. Here are three easy suggestions to assist. The three will be explained separately in articles; however, these three suggestions will give you the concept.
1. Connect your employees.
Don’t stop working in team building. Groups, departments, or people who were transferred must establish trust and build relationships with their new colleagues. Offices that are downsized need to have positive experiences. They need help to understand and “unpack” the new dynamic in their workplace. The temptation is to stop team-building activities at a time when people require the most. A team-building activity could have a more significant impact on an outsider since employees can be critical regarding the motivation from management. Management, in turn, is likely to require relaxation and a positive boost too.
2. Enhance the individual Enhance your department or office by enhancing your employees.
Take them to the train. Provide opportunities to develop abilities. Put your trust in them and work working with them on projects. You will be more confident, respected, and inspired. You’ll be a more reliable, productive, and stable employee. You will be able to attract high-quality prospective employees.
3. Be nice. When you’re faced with a challenge, People get nasty! Defensiveness.
Self-preservation. Frustration. Pressure. Friendships are lost. Insecurity. Pay cuts. They’re enough to cause anxiety for anyone. Stress can be a good excuse to justify poor behavior. Do not fall for that. Set your people at ease by treating them nicely. The entire Golden Rule thing (do unto others what you would like to see them do to you) is essential during difficult times. It’s easy to be friendly and be a good person even when things seem to be going smoothly. It’s fantastic to be calm and keep people relaxed by acting friendly when you’re being squeezed. In setting the tone by being someone who is concerned about your employees as more than just an employee, you’ll assist your staff members to not be in a state of panic or stress in the workplace.
The current economic climate is challenging for businesses. The ones who are strong will prevail. Your people should be strong, and your power will shine. Make sure you circle the wagons that bring your group together. Make your team sharper as you build the individual. Be positive because you have demonstrated that you are a nice person even in difficult times. Be a leader through this recession, and you’ll be the model that others will keep following for an extended period of time.