GOVERNANCE FOR THE EMPLOYEES THAT CAN’T STAY AT HOME
While the curfews and the calls to stay at home continues, staying at home and working remotely is not possible for some of the employees. The responsibility to provide health and moral support to these employees is on the companies.
Companies in sectors such as production and energy are taking actions and proactive measures to ensure the safety of their employees that has to go to work.
Measures that have been taken until now are expected to highly impact the morale and operations in the short-run and company reputation in the long-run.
So, what are the measures that should be taken by HR departments of multinational companies regarding the employees that need to remain in production?
1. Administration and Management
You can provide temporary housing support for employees who live with family members who have immune system-related illnesses and are in the risk group (For example, deals can be made with hotels that are currently not in service).
You can give all employees, including part-time workers, an unquestioned benefit of sick leave (14 days) when it is asked for.
You can raise the salary of the employees as an indicator of gratefulness for the risk taken.
2. Two-sided Communication
It is important to actively encourage and inform employees about being healthy. Bring proactive solutions on issues such as a healthy diet, vitamins, and restricting working hours to take time to rest.
Implement an open and transparent communication process so that employees are informed about future plans.
Contact managers and ensure concrete steps are taken to demonstrate that the safety measures are applied equally to everyone.
3. The importance of OHS
Provide a wide range of health training and reduce shop hours to allow time for proper cleaning.
Make efforts to inform customers about safe shopping to increase customer and employee safety.
Make sure that the equipment and materials required for the facility and employees are of high quality and do not hold off to investing in them.
4. Remote personnel and contract workers
Improve yourself in terms of technology and turn to digital equipment that will increase the connection of remote employees with the team working in the workplace.
Build an effective online assistance network to quickly solve technology-related questions.
Direct managers to new practices to manage their teams most effectively. (organize orientation programs regarding the use of new digital tools if necessary).
Arrange the working hours of employee groups in separate shifts.
5. Health and government interaction
If possible, keep in touch with healthcare providers to test employees and close family members.
Pay attention to follow the government's recommendations for the protection of your employees during the crisis period.
Follow official statements to stay updated about employee protection policies and government funding.
Source: McKinsey & Company CHROs response to COVID-19
Compiled by: Efe Daşman & İlayda Abacıoğlu & Elif Kayurtar