The term “human resources” implies that people are extremely valuable to the organizations that employ them. In times of difficulty, such as the one we’re in currently, a good employer will safeguard their people, not only out of kindness and decency, but in the interest of the relationship. Below are a number of suggestions for applying a human touch to human resources.
Help employees improve their health status and physical resiliency.
- Work with your broker partners and carriers to promote more targeted outreach disease management for at risk members.
- Leverage safety and health teams to help promote how well-being connects with safety.
- Promote tobacco cessation programs and state quit lines.
- Encourage employees to use wellness programs to promote better overall health.
- Remind employees of the different options available and any incentives.
- Encourage employees to move throughout the day, take walks, and engage in healthy activities while still maintaining social distancing.
Provide resources for free at-home and outdoor fitness, meditation, and healthy eating.
- Many major fitness and well-being companies are offering free digital memberships, live workouts on their social media pages, and online resources.
- Promote telehealth resources to help employees have easier access to care.Encourage employees to register for telehealth while they are healthy, so that it is available with ease when needed.
- Promote ways to stay connected and allow for socialization with a regular short team call for highlighting achievements and sharing positive news.
- Offer flexible hours when possible for employees managing children being schooled at home.
- Look to local community resources for listings of groups providing virtual meet ups and social opportunities.
- Provide materials to employees on daily habits and routines to help organize themselves and feel a sense of purpose.
- Provide information on organizations for employees to find or provide help in their communities.
- Blood donation information through the American Red Cross, the United Way, Meals on Wheels virtual 5k, community food banks.
- Online meetings for substance abuse, grief counseling, and other groups.
Mental and Emotional Health
- Provide employees with reminders of employee assistance programs (EAP), and free resources for crisis lines.
- Remind employees to save the phone number in their phone.
- Leverage existing programs for mental health and well-being.
- Promote resources for health and activity, which can help to alleviate stress and anxiety.
- Provide equipment and resources that can make working from home easier.
- Even when employees are working from home, allow them to have set working hours so that they have time to unplug from work.
- Encourage resources to practice gratitude, patience, and self-care during uncertain and challenging times.
- Ensure employees understand their benefits and know how to find in-network providers.
- Refresher on benefits of health savings accounts and how they can be used for medical expenses.
- Provide information on State and Federal resources for aid and resources.
- Inform employees of available financial wellness programs.