Employers worldwide recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything – first out of necessity and now due to shifts in employee expectations and work habits.

During the last 18 months, your team learned to work differently, even if they continued onsite. As we communicated with colleagues and business partners online, the barriers between our professional and personal lives blurred. At the same time, many began to rethink what constitutes “productivity” and what they want in terms of their own work-life balance moving forward.

Now the challenge for employers is to figure out how to design their operations as pandemic restrictions end so they can help employees avoid burnout and maintain motivation.

In recognition of National Workaholics Day, which was held this past Monday, July 5th, and to serve as a reminder of the dangers of overworking, here are some thought starters to fuel discussion:

  • Can we expand remote work opportunities for some, or all, of our staff? This can be particularly helpful for working parents, and telework can bridge the time between other obligations, such as after-school hours and the end of the workday. If you don’t want everyone working remotely all the time, can you implement a hybrid model?
  • Is flexible scheduling a realistic option? Even if in-person work is the only option, can you allow employees to design the combination of days/hours that work best for them while still fulfilling a 40-hour work week?
  • What can we do to improve communication? Regardless of how your team is working—in person, remotely or something in-between—the return to post-pandemic responsibilities should be supported with more frequent and more transparent communication.
  • How can we reinforce the importance of personal wellness and the expectation that every employee should take full advantage of their time off from work? Your team needs to know that you want them to take all of the vacation and personal time off that they’ve been given.
  • Are our vacation/PTO benefits and employee assistance programs (EAP) competitive versus other employers? Both can help employees reduce stress, enhance wellbeing and improve performance at work.

Understanding the needs of your employee population balanced with the needs of your customers is critical to creating the ideal post-pandemic workplace for your organization. Watch our on-demand webinar, “The Way We Work: The Future of the American Workplace” to better understand the pros and cons of each model.  Interested in learning more about how to better support employee mental health and wellbeing? Check out “Stronger Together: Strategies to Support Employee Mental Health + Wellbeing” today.

Check out our supplemental resource, 5 Ways to Support Working Parents Post-Pandemic, for specific tactics to help accommodate working parents in the post-pandemic era.

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