Series: COVID-19 Resources for Businesses and their Employees – Productivity, WFH, and Morale

Like so many people around the world, our organization is feeling the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and our thoughts go out to anyone affected. We understand this is a challenging time, and we want to help you as best we can.

We’ve pulled together resources for employers to review some best practices to help sustain their operations while also supporting their employees during this challenging time. In a time of uncertainty, it is of utmost importance to keep employee morale high.

As we’re staying on top of how the ever-changing situation impacts employer and employee needs, and we hope this series will serve as a helpful guide as you begin to navigate how to best support your teams.

Business Communication and Productivity

Communication amongst teams and peers is always critical in any organization; it is even more important when employees are working remotely.  

Our platforms offer savings on electronics to support staying connected and productive: 

  • Dell – Extra savings sitewide 
  • Lenovo – Save over 50% on select products 
  • HP – Up to 35% savings on select products 
  • T-Mobile – Save extra on each new phone line 

Best Practices for Success While Working Remotely

Employers need to make the most of the transition to a largely remote workforce; employees need to stay productive while addressing challenges that come with working remotely.  

  • LinkedIn has select learning courses available for free on how to set you and your teams up for success when working remotely 

We’re supporting productive and successful remote work with savings on: 

  • Staples – Exclusive savings on shipping 
  • Office Depot – Save on office organization 
  • Verizon Fios – Customizable internet and TV plans 

Company Morale

Morale can be impacted by the sudden change of working remotely. The limited human interaction and uncertainty can lead to negativity, worry and dread – all of which can decrease productivity and employee performance. For this reason, mental health and morale of all employees should be at the forefront of employer efforts to maintain a normal working environment. 

Below are a few suggestions on keeping employees motivated and maintaining a positive mental outlook while working remotely: 

  • Back to School: Employees with Students at Home – it’s likely employees are experiencing some added distractions and uncertainty, like having children at home without daycare or school. Employers should be empathetic as we all try to navigate through these unexpected changes. 
  • Ensure employee safety – communication is key in times of uncertainty. Employees look to their employers to provide accurate and timely information as it relates to their work life. Testing emergency communication systems, especially for Finance, IT, and HR is imperative.  
  • Encourage open communication– employees should remain comfortable reaching out to leadership and having open, honest conversations about their jobs, colleagues, customers, and even their communities.  
  • Coordinate virtual learning opportunities – working remotely can be a lonely experience for many employees. A virtual learning experience from companies like Abilitie can create an environment where employees feel like part of a team and be productive in preparing for the future growth of the company.  

Employees recognize when their employers show interest in their overall wellbeing. We’re helping employers reinforce that message by connecting their employees with savings from retailers that supply everything from everyday needs to leisure purchases: 

  • Sam’s Club – Exclusive savings on memberships 
  • Walmart – Save on shipping 
  • Wall Street Journal – Get 2 months of All-Access Digital for $1 
  • Blue Apron – Save $63 on your first 3 boxes 
  • Thrive Market – Save on your first order 
  • Instacart – Save on delivery 
  • Home Chef – Discounts for first orders 
  • Wine Insiders – Get 12 bottles of wine for only $7.50 each 

We pride ourselves on being partners to the business community and to the companies we are fortunate enough to call clients. We will update this page as we become aware of additional resources to aid companies and their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, so check back.

We hope this information has been helpful and wish everyone and their families the best during these challenging times. If there’s anything we can do to support you, please feel free to reach out.

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