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theHRDIRECTOR – Time to take an employee pulse survey

We’re halfway through March 2021, and the spring fever is extra intense — at least twice as intense as normal, it seems. Think about it. Your employees have been in some form or other of COVID-19 lock-down since late Q1 of 2020, when the novel coronavirus arrived to rob them of perennially much-anticipated fun in the sun, exercise at the gym, spring cleaning, live concerts, and all the rest. And, depending on your industry and the demographics and purpose of your business and workforce, many or most have been working from home all this time. Even work has kept them home, in other words, and whereas some of your staff have enthusiastically embraced this, as they see their home as their own little oasis, others have struggled. Small apartments, home schooling, financial and health issues, and the rest of their lives have conspired to take their toll on your teams. This year the spring fever is a full-throated cabin fever, yes, and brings to bear the force of two long winters and a global pandemic. People want to get out. People need to get out. Wouldn’t this be a good time to take their pulse?

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