The world is in the grip of a deadly pandemic. Apart from awareness campaigns and government-initiated vaccination programs, local bodies, NGOs, social workers are all coming forward to curb the virus spread. Companies are doing their bit too in the combat against the epidemic.
Here are some initiatives launched by reputed companies all over the world. You can also help and encourage your employees during these testing times by offering them the following benefits:
Many companies have initiated a 4-day work week so that employees can have additional time to take care of their mental health and do things that they need to. Companies are also providing 14 days special paid leaves if any family member of an employee tests Covid-19 positive.
Allowances and benefits:
While various companies are providing advance salaries to their employees, some have thought about increasing the employee bonuses. Since remote work is the need of the hour, companies have also offered a one-time payment bonus so that employees can set up the perfect home office.
You can offer wellness support to your employees by providing free therapy sessions, virtual meditation sessions, mental counseling sessions, etc. Activities related to happiness and mindfulness can be organized virtually to ensure the holistic well-being of the employees.
Following the footsteps of some reputed companies, you can also launch a helpdesk that would provide authentic information related to Covid-19 and operate 24×7. You can also tie up with professional doctors and psychologists to help your employees.
Work from home related:
You can provide customized work from home kits to your employees containing basic medicines, masks, sanitizers, face shields, etc. Also, you can share resource guides with your workforce making it easier for them to cope up with the WFH transition.
System and policy changes:
Companies have made policy ammendments as per the governmental guidelines. You can also bring changes to policies related to work from home, leaves, medical devices, shift timings, etc. Ammendments at the workplace involve changes associated with transport facility, canteen facility, hygiene practices, etc.
You can organize online vaccination and awareness campaigns to encourage your employees for getting vaccinated and ensuring the proper vaccination of their family members as well. A good initiative might be reimbursing the vaccination charges of the employees and their families.
During these turbulent times, higher authorities of different companies are constantly in touch with their employees. Expert-led sessions may be conducted online, addressing the entire workforce and providing guidelines about how to make things easier in the work front. Sensitization sessions under the leadership of the company CEO or any other senior leaders are important.
As a part of Corporate Social Responsibility and more so, during these hours of need, companies are reaching out to the community at large by providing hygiene kits and free food. While some firms are collaborating with local institutions and social workers to sponsor food packets of Covid-19 positive patients, some employees are donating their 1-day salary to the governmental fund.