2020 might have been a bad year for many people, but it also gave an opportunity to change perspectives. Some people learned a lot from what happened and are already changing their practices. If you’re a business manager, 2020 taught you to change your priorities.
Focus on employees’ welfare
You realize that not having good employees will make your business suffer. They’re the backbone of your company and will make your business successful. Their welfare should always be your priority. Make sure they have a safe working environment. You also have to give them paid sick leave. Listen to their concerns and follow their recommendations. It might not be too comfortable, but your employees will offer the best suggestions.
Health and safety should be on the list
This health crisis thought us to prioritize health and safety above everything else. The workplace should be a safe working environment. Employees shouldn’t feel worried about going to work. Listen to local government guidelines on how to protect workers in an office.
Productivity despite shortened or inconsistent work hours
Some companies decided to downscale because of the pandemic. Therefore, that’s a whole new definition of productivity as a result of the health crisis. It’s no longer about doing a lot of things and making lots of money. Managers should see productivity under a different lens. It’s also not only about productivity at work but in other areas of life. For instance, some employees might have to work from home or reduce their working hours. It doesn’t matter as long as they can get the job done. They should also find a way to feel comfortable despite their work situation. If they can push through and still do an excellent job, they are productive.
Collaboration is key to success
This pandemic harmed everyone. Small business owners and established businesses have reduced profits. Even people who had high positions in companies lost their jobs. Businesses that managed to shift their focus and adapted to reality survived the health crisis. Business owners also realized that collaboration among employees is essential. Even while working from home, many employees remained dedicated to their job. They tried their best to get things done. They also maintain an excellent relationship with their fellow employees.
If you want to boost collaboration among your employees, you have to find a way to help them establish an excellent relationship. Conducting virtual game nights will help. When this pandemic is over, you can also find a funfair stall for hire. It’s an opportunity to create a strong bond among the employees. You can also treat it as a reward to your employees for doing a great job despite a different work environment.
The point is that you can’t have the same goals as you did before the pandemic started. Your priorities have to change. It’s no longer just about making money for the business. It’s about making your employees feel good while still delivering to your customers.