Nearly two years after offices across the county shut down, many people are still not back to their pre-pandemic routines.
Some have returned to offices full-time, some are back a few days a week, and some are still at home thanks to the COVID-19 rollercoaster.
Our new normal, and its uncertainty, adds stress to all employees’ lives, especially those caring for a loved one, and trying to do so while working from home.
A recent survey conducted by the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers found that caregivers are burnt out.
Sixty-eight percent said they could not take on additional projects. Another 60 percent said the timeliness of their work suffered.
The same group of caregivers also said the experiences with their employer were “stressful” and “difficult.”
Employers can help alleviate stress and improve productivity even while many employees are at home.
First, they should have honest conversations with employees about expectations and needs. Then, build an action plan based on that list. One in five employees is caring for an older loved one or a relative with special needs. The impact is far-reaching for any business.
Second, employers need to prepare long-term for this “new normal.”
COVID-19 has vastly affected the evolution of the workplace.
Policies, such as flexible time off and flexible start times may need to become permanent.
Dari offers a digital assistant and the option of working one-on-one with a dedicated expert who can offer tailored advice and guidance. This kind of benefit can give employees up to 10 hours back per month, helping them to be more productive, happier, and much less stressed.
Every employee has unique needs, but companies that are proactive in easing their burdens will be set up for success long after the pandemic.