Tough times at office calls for great managers. When time is getting worst or workforce needs support, managers need to stand with employees and keep them motivated for better times ahead.
A simple acknowledging letter or pat on the back cannot keep them focused and motivated. Due to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown crises, Indian economy has observed slowdown due to job losses and factory shutdown.
Layoffs and unemployment can cause distress to the entire nation. So, how would you keep yourself and the remaining staff motivated and ensure everything back on track?
Listed below are simple and popular ways you can keep employees motivated during and after layoffs:
- Keep door open
Don’t let your employees feel lonely or helpless in such situation where his colleagues are being laid off. At such time, people may need extra encouragement and support. Welcome them at all time and let them know that the management and HR are always open for help.
- Share the situation and truth
Very important – do not act like nothing has happened. Share the true situation and reason why layoffs need to happen. Keeping transparency and admitting real situation, may be the best pill to rest their minds. It builds trust.
- Plan future path/ goals with them
Plan your further goals and projects you need to work upon. Make them forget the past and focus on deliverables. With a smaller workforce, you may now need to revise your plans and targets. Involve your people in such meets and keep them engaged in company targets.
Engaging and keeping them motivated becomes biggest challenge for the employers. Let not trauma eat up your current workforce. Adopt right tools at base and engage correct. Self-service tools help employees remain connected with company events and reminders on ongoing projects. Continuous updates on their mobile phone could be your greatest asset in such period.