Companies can use these five tips to help workers in a crisis.

Emphasize mindfulness

People in a crisis are emotionally drained. Employees cannot produce high-quality work if they are preoccupied with negative thoughts. Employers can help by prioritizing health and wellness. Give workers discounted gym memberships. There are online subscriptions available if going to the gym is not physically possible. There are also mobile applications that keep track of metrics, such as heart rate and body mass index. Also, companies can host group meditation sessions where everyone can take a few deep breaths. Give workers free journals so that they can write their thoughts down. Writing is relaxing and can help relieve stress.

Be flexible with scheduling

People’s lives are not normal during a crisis. The government might introduce a lockdown that forces workers to stay at home. Kids are home at the same time when schools are closed. Working can be challenging with so much chatter in the background. Companies can help their employees by being understanding during a difficult time. Be patient in the beginning when everyone is trying to get used to remote work. Be flexible with time slots. Give employees the option to split their shifts into two sections during the day. They might need a break to help the kids with schoolwork. Also, let employees trade shifts with each other.

Ask workers for feedback

Companies can simply ask employees how they can help. Does everyone have the necessary resources to produce exceptional work? How can the company make remote work more enjoyable? Employers can send out anonymous surveys that allow workers to confidently voice their opinions. Managers can also speak to junior employees directly.

Make remote work bearable

Entry-level workers want to make a good impression. They are afraid to step away from their computers in case an important email arrives. This can lead to burnout. Companies can help by introducing a time when it is okay not to answer phone calls or emails. Also, workers usually have casual conversations with each other in the office. This popular pastime is no longer available when everyone is working remotely. Companies can host Friday afternoon video calls as an alternative. People can have discussions about any topic they want.

Pay more frequently

Workers struggle financially during a crisis. They might not have enough money in the bank. They cannot wait until payday to pay their bills. They might have to resort to taking out loans with high interest rates. Employers can help by sending out checks every week instead of every two weeks.

Companies that use these tips will make a tremendous difference in their employees’ lives.