An expert in people management has issued advice to Lancashire business owners to invest time in the wellbeing of their workforce as the coronavirus pandemic changes working patterns.
Jenny Heyes, Head of People Projects at regional law firm Napthens, said: “We’ve never been more connected due to the technology available, but never more disconnected at the same time if employers aren’t careful.
“They all need help and support.”
“We all need to connect with people to do our jobs to a greater or lesser extent and we need to make sure we retain the relationships in business and with our colleagues that are so important. This goes for employees who are furloughed or who are working from home. They all need help and support.”
The message from Jenny was echoed during a dedicated webinar on Wellbeing staged by Napthens which included health expert Jo Le’Febour – known as the freedom catalyst – and personal trainer Matt Warner of Matt Warner Personal Training.
Spot any signs of stress
Jo said: “It’s all about connections. Employers need to stay connected with their staff, even if they are furloughed, to spot any signs of stress. Some employers are varying communication methods, introducing ‘fun time’ and providing exercise classes free of charge for instance.”
Matt said: “People should take the opportunity to use the time they would usually use to commute to good effect and focus on goal setting throughout this unprecedented time to maintain a positive mindset and motivation levels.
“Employers need to set goals for the health of their employees, just as they do for their business, and they will see a return on their investment regardless of the pandemic,” he added.
Napthens has been offering advice to navigate the coronavirus pandemic and beyond with a specially assembled team, offering advice on employment and HR, health and safety, business support and wills and estate planning. For more information on the support available during the coronavirus pandemic, visit the Napthens website.