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May is Mental Health Awareness month. It's more important than ever to check on your employees and determine the best ways to support them. Burnout rates are higher than ever, and it's easy to fall into a rut. It's crucial that you understand what you can do as an employer to provide options and solutions to your team. Let's take a closer look.


The Rise of Employee Burnout


The pandemic didn't specifically cause employee burnout, but it did exacerbate it. Employees have felt the push of work/life balance and integration for a long time, but few companies have focused on real employee-based solutions. We're seeing this become a significant issue for many professionals.


The Great Resignation


The rise of burnout led directly to what's known as The Great Resignation. In the latter half of 2021, over 4 million employees quit each month. Middle career, management, and technology professionals led the way, with more women than men quitting. Healthcare and service industry workers have also been affected.


Access to Mental Health Counseling


To help employees avoid burnout and have a healthier experience at work, employers need to readjust how they provide resources to employees. One significant benefit that companies can easily offer is access to mental health counseling. This can be through health insurance or by providing subscriptions to online counseling portals.


Mental Health Days


Taking time off to recharge is also critical for improved mental health. Rather than rationing paid time off or creating arbitrary categories, allow your employees to take time off for any reason without any justification.


Flexible Work Options


Work-from-home has become the new normal over the last several years. While many companies worried it would affect productivity, we're finding that it's been an enormous benefit for many professionals. Offering remote work, hybrid schedules or flexible hours can all help someone better manage their days.


One on One Feedback


It's also vital that your management team maintains good communication with every employee. Regular check-ins help with determining the status of work-related projects. It can also allow managers to assess how their employees feel and what kind of additional support they might need.


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The last few years have not been easy on anyone. With the COVID-19 pandemic still running rampant worldwide, your team may be feeling more stressed and anxious than usual. While anxiety is common and even expected in some cases, stress levels are directly rising due to the challenging circumstances we have in our lives right now. Leadership is about helping your employees achieve at the highest levels. Here are some tips to help you lead your team through a crisis.


Show Support


As management, the most important thing you can do is demonstrate that you support your employees during this crisis. This means reaching out directly to check on them. You don't have to know exactly what to say, but they need to know that you're there for them. Let them know they can come to you if they have questions or concerns. And provide them with outside resources they can turn to when they need other kinds of support.


Reinforce Shared Values


When we're dealing with collective trauma, one of the best things people can feel is a sense of belonging. You can reinforce that by emphasizing your company's shared values. This is also an opportunity to call out toxic behaviors that won't be tolerated, so everyone knows they're safe and supported.


Personalize Communications


For many people, remote work removed the human element to communications, and we're increasingly relying on text or chats. But it can sometimes be hard to detect tone or understand subtext. Make sure that you're still making an effort to talk one-on-one with your team to understand their communication style.


Practice Self-Care 


The phrase "lead by example" is essential, especially in times of crisis. Right now, that means paying particular attention to your own needs to safety and wellness. When you practice self-care and demonstrate to your team that balance is essential, you'll give them the extra push to make an effort to focus on their wellbeing.


Appraise the Situation


As with any crisis, you'll want to assess the situation continually. When are things critical in need of immediate triage versus when they need to be shifted to maintenance mode? The problem with the current crisis is that we move back and forth regularly, and it's hard to maintain a sense of normalcy. Take time to reassess to know how to respond.


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Just like that, 2021 is coming to an end. As we look back on the year, we can take note of some of the biggest trends in advanced manufacturing and the impact those changes have had on the industry. Before we turn the page on the calendar to 2022, let’s review some of the most significant changes we’ve seen since the start of the year.


The Impact of Digitization on Talent 


Over the last two years, companies have begun digitizing at a faster rate. While the use of more technology in the manufacturing space was already increasing, the pandemic made it more critical as the demand for digitized services increased. Companies embracing technology have plans for increased hiring to lessen the skills gap making employees with the right blend of technical and manufacturing skills in high demand.


Hybrid Work Between People and AI


Work-from-home became very popular due to necessity over the last year, but that has impacted manufacturing a little differently than it has other industries. With a need for in-house employees, not everyone could work remotely. But it did create a broader use of enhanced technology, such as AI, to streamline the work that needed to be done in-house to create a safer environment. Machine intelligence and human employees are now partnering to solve complex manufacturing problems.


Major Struggles with Cyber Security


With increased reliance on technology, companies are also at risk of cyberattacks. The Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack in the U.S. in early 2021 showed how hackers could quickly gain access to internal systems and create chaos that impacted an entire portion of the southeast United States. Cyber security has to go hand in hand with increased digitization in manufacturing environments to ensure that products, processes, and profits are not at risk.


Renewed Interest in Green Manufacturing


It’s also no surprise that green manufacturing is still very much on the table. Along with the pandemic, environmental concerns have become a significant issue for many people across Canada and worldwide. Every aspect of a community, from employers to employees and even the residents, have a vested interest in safe and effective environmental protections that will decrease negative impacts on the ecosystem and increase socially responsible sustainability. More green manufacturing also means more exciting job opportunities within the community.

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Though many people may wish to work from home, not everyone’s job is something they’re able to do from the comfort of their home office. As companies refine their hybrid work policy, consider how this will impact those who have no choice but to work on-site. Here are a few ways to address internal equity issues in your hybrid workplace, along with a few examples.


Ensuring Fairness


A need for fairness is just a part of the human experience. So, when one group of employees sees another treated differently, it can be frustrating. Leadership needs to make fairness a priority. One of the ways to do that is to fully communicate how resources will be divided between on site and remote employees. Even though they fully understand different jobs have different requirements, those who perceive inequity will begin to disengage.


Reduce Perceptions of an Inner Circle


Companies also have to be careful not to treat in-house employees differently than WFH employees. They will feel isolated, like they aren’t part of the inner group. That means you need to work hard to ensure that communication is effective across all channels to include those who aren’t in the office. Using the right communication tools will be an excellent start to creating more equity in a hybrid workforce.


Build Trust


Trust may be the most crucial aspect of having a successful hybrid work arrangement. Be open, build goodwill, keep in touch, addressing issues as needed, and managing expectations and outcomes. You can create a balance of trust if you can let the WFH people know they are part of the culture and engage the in-house staff with perks besides flexible schedules.


Types of Work


It’s also good for you to address the types of work that can be done at home versus in the office and adjust accordingly. Some office roles function better with in-person collaboration, while other tasks can be done easily at the home office. Production work can’t be completed at home, but other roles can. Create clear job descriptions to show your reason behind the classification of positions.


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After over a year of working remotely, many workers have grown to enjoy the freedom and flexibility that work from home has to offer. But, there are many upsides to working from the office, too. If you are weighing your options of continuing to work remotely or returning to the workplace, there are some things you might want to consider. Here are several reasons you may want to go back.


More Opportunities for Social Interaction


If you’ve been feeling isolated over the last several months, getting back to work might be what you need right now. Even though you may have nothing more than a professional relationship with your coworkers, you will have an opportunity to engage in conversations and other types of social interactions that may have been missing.


More Support for Your Job


Remote workers sometimes feel like they don’t get the support they need. When they ask for help on a project from home, they have to wait for someone to reply. In the office, that request for help can be acted upon immediately. You’ll notice the natural give and take within your workplace when people are together.


More Collaborative Environment


Similarly, the office workplace fosters more collaboration. You can bounce ideas off of each other to brainstorm or figure out solutions to sticky situations. Collaboration is a big part of the office environment, and even with tools and chats available for remote workers, it’s not the same thing when you work from home.


Better Networking Opportunities


You’ll also have more opportunities for networking in the workplace. Whether it’s with other supervisors or outside resources, it isn’t easy to do much networking at home. You never know when an opportunity may become available, you just have to be there to receive it.


If you’ve been unemployed or your current job remains remote, but you want to get back to an office, now is the perfect time to look for a new job!


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COVID-19 changed the world as we once knew it in every aspect of our lives. It’s still changing things in public, homes, and at work. Now is a great time to consider taking a second look at your employee handbook to evaluate your policies to make your post-COVID workplace safe and healthy for all of your employees. Here are just a few things to consider.


Remote Work Policy


For many businesses, work from home became business as usual. But when things changed so quickly in 2020, companies didn’t always take the time to establish work-from-home policies. Now is the perfect time to do that. These policies should include accessing remote tools, the hours expected, and requirements for the home office.


Moving Regions


Some people over the last year looked at it as a way to move to a new location while still keeping their jobs. That’s becoming common across Canada, but it’s okay for companies to make policies regarding workers who live in other provinces. Check with your legal counsel to ensure you’re remaining compliant with national and local laws.


Personal Technology Etiquette


Whether your employees are working from home or in the workplace, you should update your technology etiquette requirements. For example, if you provide a laptop to a remote employee, you can make conditions that they don’t use that laptop for social media or personal communications. You can also require this in-house as well.


In-Office Visit Policy


Currently, we are still concerned about the transmission of COVID-19 and its variants. That means you may want to include an in-office visit policy for any time a remote worker returns to the office on a temporary basis. Some options include vaccine requirements, mask mandates, or COVID testing before coming back to the office.


Are you considering changes to your employee handbook post-COVID?


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