Since I wrote Bad Actors Exploiting the COVID-19 Crisis Need to Stop, I’ve heard even more about companies treating their employees poorly as they’ve been implementing furloughs or lay offs. They are not sharing news in an honest and humane way. To offer context, generally these are loyal employees with many years of service in white-collar jobs.
The most common points include seemingly random selections, little or no communication, and leaders hiding behind decisions or blaming others. This trend is addressed in a set of recent articles strongly recommending that companies treat people fairly.
In Maintaining Healthy Reputations During a Pandemic, Andrea Lekushoff, addresses some of these subjects, and focuses squarely on reputation. She closes with:
“My main message is this: how you treat your people during this crisis will establish your reputation for years to come. The business world is no longer well-served by stiff, overly massaged corporate messaging delivered by leaders who stand apart from their teams. What we need are leaders who work side by side with their people, who share tough news with compassion and empathy, and who make transparency their top priority. We need leaders to be real people, unafraid of showing their humanity.… Read the rest and share