A Caring Culture – Your Antidote for a Global Pandemic
The pandemic has changed our lives forever. But when it comes to work, balancing jobs with childcare responsibilities have added new levels of stress to young families. For employees without children, the isolation that comes from working remotely can lead to depression and anxiety.
It is no wonder that a July 2020 survey by the American Psychological Association disclosed that feelings of frustration, fear, and anger are rising as we continue to grapple with COVID-19 on top of other serious societal issues. It is times like these that give leaders the unique opportunity to show employees how much they care.
A recent article in Human Resource Executive discusses how to build a Caring Culture and highlights 7 Best Practices for Supporting Employees During the Pandemic. Why is a Caring Culture important? Because “people always remember how you make them feel,” especially during the most challenging of times. I won’t go into all 7 Best Practices here, but #1 is Empowering Managers to Lead Change, with the main point being that now is the time for managers to “step up and be a source of inspiration for their teams.”
Which brings me to one of my favorite topics – the Predictive Index. The Inspire section of the PI platform is filled with helpful tools managers can use to inspire their teams. Based on the unique behavioral profiles of their team members, managers have access to the Manager Strategy Guide, Coaching Guides, Relationship Guides, as well insights on how their teams interact through Team Work Styles.
As you apply all of the 7 Best Practices above, consider one additional one: build the company’s reputation for hiring from within. It is a great way to show your people you always think of them first when filling an open position. With the PI program, all you need to do is go to a Job Target and click on the “Other Matches” tab. You will be given a list of everyone in the company that matches that behavioral profile. Could one of them be a good match for a role? Caring companies find out.
If you want help building your Caring Culture, reach out to your Talent Optimization Advisor. In the meantime, stay safe and healthy out there!
Contributed by Steve Sieke