It is no secret the COVID-19 cases are rising across the country. A second wave of increasing infections bring uncertainty to the workplace as return-to-work plans become return-to-home plans. For the many business owners who are wondering how they can help their employees adapt, here are five keys for employers in the COVID-19 pandemic’s second wave.
There continues to be a lot of uncertainty associated with the pandemic as it evolves. It is critical that employers regularly communicate with their employees about how their business is adapting to the changing world. Whether you are instituting a remote work plan, full return-to-work, or a hybrid of the two; keeping employees informed every step of the way is crucial for their mental well-being. In a world filled with uncertainty, at least your employees can be certain they are being well-informed by their employer.
Prioritize Mental Health
A recent survey by the Association for Canadian Studies found that one in four Canadians felt their stress level was higher in October than the beginning of the pandemic. As people continue to socially distance from family, friends and colleagues, meaningful human connection remains a challenge. If you do not already offer some mental-health support coverage as part of your employee benefits program, now is a good time to look at the great options available to you.
Stay Informed on Available Support Programs
One of the five keys for employers in the COVID-19 pandemic’s second wave is the multitude of support programs available from the government and your benefits provider. It may be effective to appoint one information gatekeeper in your company to stay on top of these programs and communicate their benefits effectively. You can leverage an advisor like DENT Benefits to make sure you have current information about support programs.
Review Your Benefits Philosophy
A company’s benefits philosophy should align with and support is human resources strategy and business goals. This philosophy may require updating to reflect the new reality we live in where how and when work is performed has changed. For example, if a shift to remote work is resulting in hiring from a broader geographic region, does your current benefits plan address regional differences?
The old adage: “the only constant is change” has never been truer than in 2020. As the situation evolves, every business owner needs to be able to pivot to address new challenges and take advantage of new opportunities. When it comes to group benefits, we are seeing the evolution to flexible plans increase during the pandemic. To learn more, click here to read our article on Group Benefits are Evolving Towards Flexible Plans.
The five keys for employers in the COVID-19 Pandemic’s second wave give you a blueprint to move towards an uncertain future. DENT Benefits remains available anytime to assist our clients with group benefits, attracting employees and overall employee well-being. Contact us today to learn more.
The information in this material is derived from various sources. Material is provided for general information and is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to compile this material from reliable sources; however, no warranty can be made as to its accuracy or completeness. Before acting on any of the above, please contact us for benefit, pension and insurance advice based on your corporate or personal circumstances.