The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic created unprecedented challenges for businesses around the world. Some companies rose to the occasion and found ways to address these challenges. Meanwhile, others struggled in the midst of the pandemic.
As a job seeker, it pays to learn how potential employers responded to the pandemic. That way, you can get a glimpse into how a company tackles adversity. And if you find a business is well-equipped to respond to an international crisis, it likely can handle any challenges that come its way.
Typically, you can ask questions about a prospective employer’s response to the pandemic during a job interview. Here are three questions you can use to gain insights into a company’s pandemic response.
1. How Have You Engaged with Employees Throughout the Pandemic?
Find out how a company stayed in contact with workers. Many companies used video conferences and online collaboration tools to keep workers engaged. Comparatively, others provided workers with additional resources to help them maintain a healthy work-life balance.
The best companies do everything in their power to keep workers in the loop. If you find a potential employer went above and beyond the call of duty to connect with its personnel, it’s a positive sign that the business prioritizes employee engagement.
2. Are You Planning to Offer Remote Work Opportunities in the Foreseeable Future?
Ask a prospective employer if it lets staff members work remotely and plans to continue to do so. Companies were increasingly forced to embrace remote work at the beginning of the pandemic. But certain businesses have already requested employees return to the office. Some companies look likely to do the same as well.
If you value flexibility, you may want to find a job at a company that offers remote work opportunities now and in the future. Moreover, you may want to consider jobs at companies that leverage a hybrid work model. By joining a business that uses a hybrid model, you can spend some time working in an office and some time working at home.
3. What Are You Doing to Keep Your Workers Safe?
Learn about a company’s COVID-19 safety protocols. Businesses must stay up to date on U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) safety measures to combat the spread of COVID-19. In doing so, they can ensure workers can remain safe and productive at all times.
The top companies will have no trouble sharing their COVID-19 safety protocols. And if a business complies with the CDC’s COVID-19 safety protocols, it shows job seekers it cares about their health and wellbeing.
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