3 Ways to Keep a Supportive Workplace Culture During a Crisis

Simply put, workplace culture consists of how the organization behaves and expects its employees to do the same. It is a way to create valuable relationships and performance within the organization. Supportive workplace culture is essential for productivity and keeping company morale high. The way your organization carries itself and the values your stand behind will have an effect on the way in which your employees strive for goals and show team support.  Culture is not something that stops in the face of crisis. In fact, this is when your culture should rise to the occasion. So what goes into creating a supportive culture and what can you do right now?  
  1. Strong Virtual Team Communication
  Communication has always been one of the most important factors for a successful workplace. This necessary tool allows for an effective flow of information throughout all levels of a business. Businesses are tasked with building a strong culture of communication to ensure that employees are always informed of new processes, their performance, promotions, and most importantly feel supported. It may seem difficult to communicate with your team right now but with the proper tools, you can come out of this as an even stronger team. To promote team building try hosting a Zoom call and perform team bonding activities such as a virtual karaoke night or going through how you would each handle a situation back at work. Heck, you could even try a virtual happy hour (pending HR approval, of course). Lastly, you and your team are both experiencing this crisis. Don’t beat around the bush and avoid discussing it and its impact. Open the lines of communication so that you are able to talk about the current social climate and how your organization is handling it. The more your employees are informed the more secure they will feel even in uncertain times.  
  1. Remaining Empathetic
  Individuals are encouraged to show empathy in place of sympathy more than ever before. The power that “feeling with” your employee creates a closer, more supportive connection than “feeling for them”. Empathy encourages you to acknowledge your team members’ unique circumstances as if you are “walking in their shoes”. According to Forbes, “96% of employees believe showing empathy is an important way to advance employee retention”. Remaining empathetic during trying times will show your employees that you value them as a part of your organization and promote their stay with the business. It is important to understand that everyone has the right to feel their own emotions. Create an environment that allows your employees to feel comfortable expressing their worries. Showing support will bring your team closer together.  
  1. Caring For Yourself As A Leader
  Although workplace culture is the responsibility of all employees, we cannot ignore the influence that leaders have on creating a supportive environment. You have the power to affect the attitude of your employees and how they embrace the organizations’ workplace culture. To ensure you can be the example that your employees need you must take care of yourself. You cannot exude optimism and hope if you do not truly feel that way. Taking up self-care practices such as meditation, journaling, or physical activity can contribute to a healthier and happier mindset which will shine as you work.  

You are capable of creating a workplace where individuals feel inspired to work because they know they are supported. 

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