Periods of economic instability have a significant impact on workplace culture. A recent survey by HiBob shows that 40 percent of US workers are worried about being dismissed from their job. To help support employees through this stressful period, ask these questions to guide your conversations.
1. How can the organization better serve your goals and needs?
Use this opportunity to get feedback and understand how the organization can support its people. Employees may share simple initiatives that would give them greater flexibility or security in their roles.
2. Would you like to learn more about our employee assistance programs?
Explain the company's approach to work-life balance and employee well-being, and encourage staff to take advantage of the employee assistance programs or to focus on their mental well-being with personal time off.
3. What questions do you have about our company right now?
In a downturn, employees often speculate on company performance, strategy, and talent retention. Create an open-door policy, and invite staff to ask questions.
4. What are your biggest worries or concerns?
Economic uncertainty can affect individuals differently. Ask an open-ended question like that to hear employees articulate the concerns affecting them most.