How HR Can Guide Employee Wellness

Human Resources

How HR Can Guide Employee Wellness

Prioritizing employee well-being during COVID-19

April 29, 2020

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Photo: Clay WilliamsPhoto: Clay Williams
Photo: Clay Williams

ICYMI, this spring we’re hosting daily webinars as part of our Industry Support learning series. Over the past month we’ve touched on deciphering government relief options, navigating the Paycheck Protection Program, tips on staying motivated for you and your team, and more. Last week Sarah Diehl, founder and principal of Empowered Hospitality, discussed the best human resources practices in the wake of COVID-19.

1. Keep in mind the goals of human resources:

2. Due COVID-19 a number of small businesses had to shut their doors for an indefinte amount of time. In order to stay afloat, many companies had to furlough and even permanently lay off staff. Diehl laid out how companies have handled staff reductions and what it means for employees:

Reduction in pay:   

Temporary layoff/furlough:

Permanent layoff:   

3. Regardless of whether pay reductions, furloughs, or layoffs are happening within the company, HR should focus on ways to optimize employee welfare:

4. When the company decides it is time to open the doors, HR should have a reopening checklist ready. Here are a few points to consider when making yours:

Watch the full webinar for information on staff and compensation reductions, unemployment, and resources for employees here.

Check out what’s on-deck this week for our webinar series.

Find past recordings here.

Our team would like to know what topics you would like us to cover. Please email us at with your suggestions on speakers, resources, and issues you would like us to host.

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