Unprecedented circumstances over the last two years have resulted in drastic changes in the way we live and work across the globe.
Although some of these changes resulted in challenging times and ways we’ve had to adapt to COVID-19, some golden benefits and perks have also come from a global pandemic, including the opportunity to refocus on the things that will deliver true value and keep your organisation thriving - your employees and the collective value they create.
Ways of working that we now embrace post-pandemic is flexible working, remote working, a work-life balance, and a heightened focus on wellbeing. All of these are aspects employees have aspired to be part of their organisational culture for decades, but couldn’t be fully embraced before the pandemic.
Organisations need to approach things differently, to exact positive behavioural change that delivers results.
Embracing this new way of working equals breakthrough leadership and thriving workplace cultures. Our employees’ physical and mental health has been looked out for in the workplace, but now it needs to be a priority. Increased communication, even remotely, as well as human interaction has fostered more of a sense of community than before as we recognise this priority.
We’ve also seen changes happen in leadership. People leaders and senior management are involving their teams more, asking for feedback and including employees in decision making. Because each employee thinks differently, works more flexibly and has different situations, it’s more important than ever to gather multiple perspectives to ensure everyone performs to their best.
Purpose and culture also play a pivotal role in ensuring employees remain engaged especially amidst the crisis. Organisations with strong values and culture defined can make sure they keep momentum strong and build on that collective culture, where newer organisations who are still working out their own culture and values can evolve and shape theirs amongst this ever-changing environment. Communication also plays an important role. In this new remote way of working, where information has been spread far and wide to mitigate any risks or to keep employees engaged, they now expect interpersonal and mainstream communications to be consistent so they maintain clarity. More authentic approaches that ensure each employee’s needs are met to their situations - through mobiles, phone calls, emails, social intranets - ensure that employees feel heard and looked out for, and leaders can ensure their organisation gets the messages they need when they need it.
42% of employees said they’d quit their job if their workplace didn’t offer remote working. This clearly shows that although the pandemic caused a lot of disruption and widespread panic especially around job security, priorities have shifted to accommodate benefits and perks that help employees navigate this new world. Organisations have had to think about their procedures - cutting down office space, flexing work-day schedules and meeting the needs of various circumstances that may affect their employees, such as families.
Through all this and more, it’s important to note that employee health (both physically and holistically) is extremely vital to prioritise in this new way we work and live as a result of the global pandemic. Employing a growth mindset amongst organisations allows all of these new changes to thrive and grow in a turbulent environment. A world where we can focus on the health and wellbeing of our organisations is key to not just maintaining momentum amongst the new way of working, but to get ahead and truly thrive.
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