Recently, the World Health Organization characterized the virus as a pandemic. For most organizations, this outbreak is raising questions and concerns. Based on research from various fields, including workplace wellness and organizational leadership, experts at Mercer provide four steps to consider to help employees during a global health crisis.
1. Talk About It
According to various polls, COVID-19 is a concern for people in various countries. One survey found that two-thirds of Americans think coronavirus is a real threat to public health. Another poll conducted in England found that 6 out of 10 respondents think it is a threat to the country. People are concerned. Some may be apprehensive about travel. Others may be wondering how their organization will respond if colleagues test positive for the virus.