Details from this go2hr News Release:
🔥 Employees can suffer from physical and psychological struggles when experiencing wildfires. Whether there is a wildfire in the area right now or one is approaching, there are practical ways employers can support workers through these difficult times:
✅ Check-In – each employee will react differently to the changing conditions. Establish open communication channels by regularly checking in with them to see how they’re doing and encourage them to come to you with any worries.
📞 Communicate – before, during, and after. Workers must know you care about their physical and psychological well-being throughout the evolving situation. When needed, connect them with additional information and resources such as employee family assistance programs, mental health resources, area evacuation instructions, and potentially even physical places to go.
💪 Be Flexible – come together and support one another while maintaining flexible expectations. While some employees may need time to deal with personal situations, others may desire to be involved in the revival of the business operation.
💡 Move Forward – after a wildfire moves through an area, everyone’s attention will turn to regaining a sense of normalcy. Ensure employees know the impacts on the business and what to expect in the short and long term. Workers may want to know the following:
To help employers navigate these challenging times, go2HR has curated a list of useful resources relating to wildfire preparation, the hazards of smoke exposure and mental health supports:
Have more questions about emergency preparedness and planning? Read the full go2hr news release, here.
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