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Crises like coronavirus have shown even your key employees can succumb to fear and stress.

Indeed, the National Institute of Mental Health has warned about issues related to mental health such as depression, post-traumatic stress, substance abuse and even suicide.

Published reports indicate many people are relapsing from their addiction recoveries.

Many analysts believe mental-health resources will suffer cash-flow losses to become casualties of the recession spawned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the pandemic causing double-digit unemployment to sweep across the nation, those who are fortunate to keep their jobs may be happy to be working.

But that doesn’t mean they aren’t concerned about their financial-security and health. Both adversely affect job performance.

Anxiety, fear and stress create challenges and hurt performance. They’re also catalysts for workplace conflicts.


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This means managers should assess their own skills for empathy to help their workers feel comfortable, secure and stable.

Here are some recommendations:

Promote hope

Firstly, realize employees are looking for hope whether they’re working at your location or at home. They’re fearful about keeping their jobs and worry during shifts about their personal lives and families.


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Walk the floor twice per day. Inquire about your employees’ welfare. Listen carefully to their answers.

Engage them. Help them to feel important. Be transparent. Answer their questions and dispel rumors.

Alleviate uncertainty for stability

Because employees have a tendency to be preoccupied on-the-job, help them to stay focused.

You can if you take care in issuing instructions and in reiterating priorities. Leave no doubt about procedures, but do it with patience.

In a worried frame of mind, the typical employee will respond favorably to stability and a daily routine.

Depending on your workplace situation, until life and work return to normal, prepare your employees for performance by starting the work day with a staff meeting.


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Be as gracious as reasonable, recognize good work and be sure to give employees a heartfelt thank you.

Show flexibility and encouragement

Hold your employees accountable in their work, but be realistic about it. If long-time employees suddenly falter, listen to their explanations and cut them some slack.

Again, when employees do well, make sure to go out of your way to give positive feedback.


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Flexibility is in order, too, in other ways. If employees ask for accommodations, such as in work schedules to help family members, keep an open mind.

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“One of the most obvious ways dogs can improve our physical and mental health is via daily walks.”

-Andrew Weil


Author Terry Corbell has written innumerable online business-enhancement articles, and is a business-performance consultant and profit professional. Click here to see his management services. For a complimentary chat about your business situation or to schedule him as a speaker, consultant or author, please contact Terry.