Let’s face it, we’re all tired of talking about the pandemic. But it’s still here and it’s giving leaders a run for their money. Usually, stressful situations are more short term. Something bad happens, we find a way through it, and we’re back on our way again. Two years in, that’s just not true for this.
During 2021, SHRM reported that 75% of employees reported feeling burned out and 78% said that their mental health was negatively impacted by the pandemic and surrounding events. That’s not the recipe we usually think of for energizing our employees. Ironically, some employers tried to reinvigorate their teams during the quarantine with more virtual meetings, happy hours, etc., but then received pushback that another virtual meeting wasn’t the solution for employees who are tired of Zoom. In person gatherings created their own concerns for employees who did not feel safe attending.
So what can we do?
As employers, the last thing we want to do is to turn our backs on the time we’ve spent developing a positive culture. But this one is a real challenge. A couple of things to consider if you want to rebuild those energy levels:
Meet Kevin Brozovich, energetic entrepreneur, people-focused team-builder and HR practitioner-turned consultant. For almost 10 years, Kevin was Founder and Chief People Officer of HRM Innovations, a Kalamazoo-based Human Resources consulting firm many would consider the top in the region. After pulling his hair out making daily decisions about running the business (does it matter where the coffee comes from?), Kevin joined forces with the Rose Street Advisors team so he could solely focus on what he loves most: working with clients.