Furloughs can give affected employees and their companies some peace of mind: furloughed employees know that their jobs still exist, and organizations have access to a suitably vetted and trained talent pool for those roles. But those employees aren’t always willing or able to wait around long enough for their employers to call them back.
For that reason, it’s prudent for a company to do everything it can to stay as connected as possible to its furloughed talent to avoid losing it completely.
Many employees are working from home (or least trying to work while their children are racing around the house, thanks to school and daycare closures), and in such uncertain times they need a new kind of leadership: leaders who inspire, motivate, and possess the qualities needed to guide employees during this unprecedented time.
Times are stressful right now. People don't like uncertainty, yet we are in the midst of the most uncertain times in recent history. How is it possible to reassure them when you may be as unsure as your employees? All you can really do is help them to develop coping strategies. Share these recommendations with your team to help them through the COVID-19 crisis.