If you run a business or manage a team, there’s a good chance that you may be returning to normal business operations in some capacity, as COVID-19 restrictions are eased. That might mean you’re restarting your business after a period of inactivity. Or, perhaps your business remained operational to some degree, but your team worked remotely, and now you’re beginning to welcome them back to the office.
Regardless, the odds are good that you know it’s very important to focus on re-establishing and maintaining a positive company culture. While ensuring that you have a strong company culture should be a priority, it’s particularly crucial after what has likely been a very difficult time for your employees. You want them to know that the organization is looking out for them.
There are many ways to achieve this goal. This blog has already covered a few of them.
One of the best ways to make your employees feel like the company supports them is to let them know that you’re proud of them. Again, it is likely that they experienced both personal and professional challenges during the pandemic. At least some of those challenges will probably persist for a while. You need to help your employees to feel appreciated by underscoring the fact that you’re proud of the effort that they not only put in during the pandemic, but that they will continue to put in moving forward.
These tips will help you do so. You should bear them in mind to keep your employees engaged. That’s key to restoring a positive company culture.
Anyone who reads this blog on a consistent basis knows that one of the most effective ways to boost engagement is to acknowledge employees’ contributions. Your team members want to know that you recognize their value.
However, you have to acknowledge their contributions in the right way. Simply thanking them for all of their hard work is not enough. You need to cite specific contributions and point out that you’re proud of them for continuing to make those contributions, despite the challenges that they posed as a result of the pandemic.
You may even want to do so publicly. For instance, if you can cite an important contribution that all of the team members made in recent months (or contributions they’ve made in the past few weeks to help operations resume), you can plan a get-together, even it still needs to take the form of a video meeting, during which you’ll highlight each employee’s achievements. This type of meeting will help to set a positive tone for how you’ll work together going forward. It can also re-establish a sense of camaraderie among team members.
You can send a general email to the team about future goals and other relevant topics. In addition, you can include a section therein where you thank those whose work stood out. This will ensure that they’ll feel appreciated while hopefully incentivizing the rest of the team members to put forth greater effort in the future.
Express Pride in Your Employees
If you regularly acknowledge your employees’ contributions, they will understand that you’re the type of leader who knows that your own success and accomplishments are often the result of the hard work of others.
That’s why you should also monitor your own sense of pride during these next few months. In all aspects, you should make it clear that you feel proud of how your company has managed to weather the storm. Being proud of your company in general will signal to your employees that you are proud of them, as well.
Allow Your Employees to Make Decisions
Regardless of the nature of your company, there’s a good chance that you’ll have to make certain essential decisions about the future due to the impact of the pandemic. You should let your employees contribute ideas. Where appropriate, you might even allow them to make some of these decisions themselves, as long as you know you can trust them to do so responsibly.
Telling your employees that you’re proud of them isn’t the same as showing them that you are. If you’re genuinely proud of your employees, then you should be willing to let them exercise a certain degree of freedom. You know that they are competent enough to handle it.
Again, these are by no means the only steps that you can take to protect your company culture in the post-COVID-19 world. They’re simply some of the more effective ones. Now is the ideal time to remind your employees of how proud of them you are.