As the pandemic wears on in the United States (thanks in large part to people who selfishly refuse to wear masks), workers are exposed to ongoing stress.
This stress weakens their ability to respond to challenges at home and at work, challenges brought on and exacerbated by the pandemic itself. More people than ever need help and no one is at their best to provide that help.
Stress leads to pressure and pressure often leads to wrongdoing. Now is the time for leaders to check in with their team members and ease work-related pressures. Create space for your employees to take care of their kids stuck at home, to support their spouse who lost a job, or to bring groceries to their elderly parents. Don’t treat them as cogs in a machine but as human beings who, like you, are struggling.