In countless ways, the COVID-19 pandemic has touched all of us. We have tragically lost friends and relatives. We have endured never-ending lockdowns, quarantines and safety measures. What is now called the “new normal” could just as easily be called a “beatdown.”
Millions of people across the globe have been forced to adapt to a new way of life and business, often working from home. As workers become increasingly tired and isolated, their concentration levels and focus start to drop. Potentially, this could lead to workplace injuries, professional mistakes, poor morale and other issues.
Here at GroupOne Background Screening, our team members have now been working from home for almost eight months. We are so proud of their persistence and dedication during these trying times.
Here’s a few actions employers can take to reduce the risk of fatigue during the COVID-19 era.
Make sure your employees are aware of workplace rules and regulations – and remind them often. This will serve to protect their health and reduce the risks associated with fatigue. Try to avoid having employees work excessively long shifts. Employers should also be aware of both federal and state laws and enforce them at all costs. Safety first during these difficult times!
During the pandemic, employers should understand their workers are dealing with tense conditions. COVID-19 is an almost unprecedented experience, so it’s only natural for stress levels to increase. Encourage your employees to communicate their frustrations and worries. Work towards making them feel comfortable and relaxed. Create a trusting atmosphere and provide transparency. Communicate regularly with your employees. Send out an all-company email on a weekly basis to convey the latest developments. Yes, employers and employees are in this together.
Create Flexible Schedules
One of the best ways for employers to help their workers during the pandemic is to create flexible schedules to maximize efficiency. You’ll find many of your employees have children at home due to restrictions at schools. Their husbands and wives may also be working from home. Introducing rotating and flexible shifts could be a way to provide workers rest, convenience and safety.
During these difficult times, the number of fatigue-related incidents at work have been rising. Certainly, the duties of workers from all professions are vital in keeping our society and economy moving. But the well-being and safety of our workers is equally important.
A little empathy, a little communication and a little flexibility can go a long way during this challenging period. If employers and employees adapt and plan through these oftentimes severe challenges, it will decrease the likelihood of the dreaded “COVID-19 Fatigue.”
Stay safe and well!