In the space of one short month we’ve seen a buoyant business environment dramatically change in an unprecedented and unexpected way.

Whilst the primary focus has rightly shifted to the health and wellbeing of our family, friends and work colleagues, our community leaders and subject matter experts have struggled to agree on a plan and the best way forward.

This uncertainty, combined with misinformation from various media and social sources has undoubtedly compounded individual anxiety, which has subsequently manifested into fear and uncharacteristic behaviour.

So what role do organisational leaders and HR teams have to play?

Without a doubt there are several important roles for leaders. However, one of the most important is to be consistent and truthful in their communication. Organisational messaging from the executive should be aligned across all levels of management and needs to be consistent with the messaging and directives from government subject matter experts. Leaders within your organisation and your HR team must therefore avoid communicating personal beliefs (and fears), including during informal discussions.

Our role as people leaders and HR professionals during these uncertain times must be to manage individual anxiety, strengthen resilience and to provide support to those who find themselves feeling vulnerable both in our workplace and within our communities.

At iHR Australia we’ve received and provided tremendous support to our clients over the past 22 years. If your organisation requires HR assistance or you’d like to discuss your specific workplace challenges informally, please reach out to our team for a confidential discussion.

Over recent years we’ve published many articles, below are a few you may like to revisit;

Recent articles

Reasonable management.

What isn’t Workplace Bullying? Reasonable Management.

Article updated on 15 April 2024 [Originally published in 2017] Workplace bullying is an organisational problem. It can happen in...
Trauma informed investigations

Trauma-informed workplace investigations: Prioritising ‘care’ over rigid processes

Interviewee: Kirsten Hartmann, Senior Workplace Relations Adviser/Workplace Investigator In August 2023, the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) released four guiding...
Reverse bullying

Reverse Bullying is a Threat to Your Workplace Culture: Here is What it Looks Like

Article updated on 15 March 2024 [Originally published in 2020] What is reverse [or upward] bullying? Simply put, reverse bullying...

The First Tranche of the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes) Act 2023

Closing Loopholes Legislation Key changes taking effect from 15 December 2023 In late 2023, the Federal Government passed the first...