November 4, 2023

The Workplace with Regards to a National Crisis

It's unsurprising that our nation is presently grappling with a crisis, or at least I hope it isn't a surprise. During challenging times like these, numerous companies are seeking solace and exploring ways to adapt to the current circumstances in our country, avoiding extreme and drastic measures. What if I were to tell you that there are actions both employees and employers can consider taking to support the company during such periods?


Employees should approach their work with a sense of commitment.

Let's view employees as employers in this context. While acknowledging the difficulties of the situation, resisting the urge to give up is crucial. The company relies on your unwavering support and cooperation to maintain the established status quo.


Reject the spread of rumors.

Rumors are detrimental, universally disliked, and often confusing. Some may resort to spreading rumors to exert pressure on the company, aiming to gain advantages during a crisis. However, succumbing to rumors only worsens the situation. If these rumors extend beyond the workplace, the company may face increased backlash and hardship, and the original reasons behind the rumors could be disregarded or exacerbated.


Avoid succumbing to panic.

Take it one step at a time. Though challenging, maintaining hope for a better tomorrow is essential. Remember, it's no one's fault in particular. Strive to preserve your mood and motivation, if not for yourself, then for those around you.


Address the crisis sensibly.

While there's a natural inclination to identify those responsible for the crisis, it's advisable to keep personal opinions to oneself or share them outside the workplace. Importing external issues into the workplace only invites trouble.


Embrace honesty, openness, and direct communication.

Companies may not achieve the same revenue levels they're accustomed to, and accepting this reality can be challenging. However, it's crucial to be transparent about any necessary extreme measures and keep employees informed about what is happening and when.


Extend and seek help and support.

During crises, every bit of support is valuable, and assistance may be closer than you think. Engage with customers, suppliers, and partners openly. While they may not be able to provide immediate help, knowing that you have a support system can be reassuring.

Jade N. Kfoury

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