Managers should keep in contact with staff and work with them as flexibly as possible during this time. Although there are many issues to be mindful of, the number one priority must be staff wellbeing. Managers are strongly encouraged to prioritise regular contact with their staff and to remember that for many this is a stressful time.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has highlighted the important need to support employees with their mental health. Many will be feeling anxious about their physical health and that of their families, and some may be experiencing heightened feelings of anxiety, isolation and/or loneliness. For those juggling work with childcare commitments and home-schooling, the added pressure can feel overwhelming.
Line managers have a key role to play. But the fact that managers may be at a distance from their teams can make it more difficult to identify whether or not an employee is struggling. Despite this, the employer still has a duty of care and it is vital that support is maintained wherever parties are located.
Managing a remote team in these difficult circumstances can be challenging and below we provide some tips and guidance together with FAQs and additional resources.
For further support and questions, please contact your link HR team.