Brene Brown, Dare to Lead
As first responders, doctors, and scientists continue working to battle the physical symptoms of the coronavirus pandemic, business leaders are carrying the burdens that long-haul covid has levied on our workforce. Employees are using an unusually high percentage of their available sick time compared to industry averages. In addition, the average employee right now is putting in less than 4 hours of high-performing, focused work on any given workday. Yet, of course, the organization is still paying 100% of employee's salaries -- but getting far less than 100% productivity in return.
While it is understandable that employees are so stressed out that it is affecting their mental, physical, and emotional health, this financial drain is a major problem for organizations bearing the high costs the pandemic has imposed.
And though savvy leaders understand the effects of stress and even empathize, many feel helpless in how to address this expensive problem that is plagued with uncertainty and that can also feel like a delicate issue to discuss. Although the pandemic still feels relatively “new” in the grand scheme of history, dealing with fragile issues of humanity in the workplace is not new for us. Helping leaders navigate ambiguity and solve human resource predicaments is at the core of what Leading Purpose does best.
If you could use support in addressing the stress and strain happening in the workplace (or in yourself!), contact us to learn how we can help.