We all remember the days before the Coronavirus outbreak when we were holding meetings with co-workers, laughing with peers over coffee, and gearing up for some big projects. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has transformed our working practices and strategies. This may sound familiar to you, with work-from-home increasingly becoming a part of our life.
But even as we continue to work and collaborate remotely, we may still be exposed to the virus. Not only does the moment call for sensitivity, but it also requires you to be an empathetic co-worker. There is no better time than this to show your co-workers that you care by taking time out to connect with them and understand what they are dealing with each day.
Here are a few ways to approach this situation as a respectful and empathetic co-worker:
First things first, reach out to your colleague, find out how they are coping, and how you can support them. Even if the person suffering from COVID is asymptomatic or their symptoms are mild, they are likely to be anxious. Let them open up to you and share their feelings. As you talk with them, clearly communicate that they can count on you, and the team will be supportive. Another important thing is to connect with your team leads and concerned HRBPs to utilise their support and guidance.
With schools and educational institutions closed, parents have to juggle between their work commitments and caring for their children. Show your colleagues you care by taking time out to understand what they are dealing with each day. If you have not already reached out to them, find out how they are coping with the current times and how you can best support them. Communication is integral in these times.
Those suffering from COVID-19 require supportive care, and there are many ways to help them out. If needed, set up a call to talk through any challenges or to stay connected. Also, if you know a co-worker who is positive or in-home isolation, help them by cooking meals and sending them over. This can make them feel loved during these trying times. You can also help by delivering essentials and medicines at their doorstep since they can’t step out.
Did you find a fun indoor activity or develop a great self-care routine? Share it with your colleagues and support each other. When it comes to self-care, sleep is always a part of the answer. Getting enough good-quality sleep keeps your immune system running at its best to fight infection. Since the pandemic has thrust virtual teams into the spotlight, don’t let it stop you from launching a virtual fun hour with your team. With the shift to remote work, teams are looking for ways to connect and socialise, and a great way to keep the spirits high is to participate with your teammates in our many virtual activities and contests.
Do you have some tips or ideas on how to support a person suffering from COVID-19? Share it with us in the comments below.
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