Updated: March 30, 2020
We’ve seen a lot of articles lately about the symptoms and reactions to the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, but what about your employees? As the weeks go on, we are hearing from more organizations that they are restricting travel and extending work from home days.
To help you frame and implement your own organization’s procedures, we’ve collected the top resources for questions to ask yourself as you begin strategizing, how to communicate to your employees, and how to manage your organization’s travel policies.
8 Questions Employers Should Ask About Coronavirus —Harvard Business Review
Some of these questions may seem basic, like how to wash your hands, but they are the easiest steps to preventing the spread of the virus in the workplace. HBR also delves into when to restrict visitors to the office and how you can re-evaluate your work-from-home and paid sick day policies. Read more here.
How to use tech to communicate with employees during COVID-19 —AllThingsIC
Rachel Miller from AllThingsIC has put together a thorough list of technology to use for your internal communications as a safer alternative to speaking face-to-face during this time. Organizing meetings using Yammer, Facebook, and FaceTime, Miller has some great tips for keeping employees informed. Check it out here.
As coronavirus spreads, how should employers respond? —PR Daily
What employers don’t want is unnecessary panic amongst their employees. PR Daily encourages employers to start taking a proactive role, encouraging executives to offer flexible time off, provide work from home options, and pass out accurate information on the virus. Read more here.
Coronavirus: how to manage employee travel —People Management
This article from People Management discusses not only how to manage employee travel for conferences, events, and client visits, but also if they can go so far as to control employees’ personal travel and vacations. Although you shouldn’t fault an employee for choosing to travel personally, you can provide work-from-home options to help mitigate the risk of spreading the virus. Read more here.
Pandemics: Communicate With Employees Without Increasing Fear Unduly —Integral Communications Group
Are you communicating with your employees about COVID-19? If not, this article is here to help. Follow this hierarchy for communication and inform your employees in a calm and safe manner step that not only the organization is taking to ensure their safety, but steps they can take as well for their day-to-day activities. Read more here.
Crisis Communications Resource Center — PoliteMail
How are you communicating in emails with your employees and clients? PoliteMail provided multiple whitepapers and free resources from email templates to tips for working from home for both employees and managers. Still want more? They also have multiple articles on employee and digital engagement during this time. Check it out here.
As a company, ALI Conferences will be running all scheduled conferences as planned. We will, of course, continue to monitor the situation and will keep you informed if anything changes. We will continue to follow the recommendations of the health agencies. We are committed to keeping our attendees and speakers safe as well as educated! Please feel free to email if you have any questions or concerns.