July 14th, 2020
There’s an endless amount of opportunity to create and build a stronger tomorrow post-COVID, collectively and as individuals. On a global scale across the institutions and systems that help govern the way we live and support our economic, environmental and social development, our corporate landscape also has room to improve.
The future of work can only be called ‘the future’ for so long before it’s here. We prepare today to be better tomorrow. Doing so begins with the choices and decisions that will support our expansion or keep us in the status quo of doing just enough to say “we changed” yet never really evolved. So, in a post-COVID era, did you really change? There’s a difference.
Some will say the way businesses were being run and how we were living wasn’t ‘normal’ which then lends itself beautifully to asking, what do we want to see as a new normal? What can we do without and what new ways of doing business are in the highest good of all in our workplaces?
In a previous post, I covered what your work life could look like post-COVID and what many companies are considering as plans to return to the office had begun. The emotional and mental wellbeing of employees taking a front seat next to considering the logistics and physicality of the office.
This offers a look at what to start, stop and amplify while prompting you to consider what success can look like heading into an uncertain future.
By now, you may have done the due diligence to consider the way you operate and run your organization today. For those who haven’t in a post-COVID time, no task, process or responsibility is too big or small to re-evaluate.
- Top-down decision-making to collaborative & collective decision-making
The ‘top-down’ or ‘bottom-up’ way of decision-making in organizations is well known, yet neither seems fitting for a more cohesive approach to reaching decisions more efficiently. When time is of the essence, embracing the diversity that is your people allows for decisions to happen quicker and empower others to contribute their ideas and share their voices. A collaborative approach allows teams and day-day leaders to make daily decisions and therefore encourages input from your employees.
2. Less ‘required meetings’ & more ‘necessary meetings’
We all know those businesses that are heavy on having meetings upon meetings. The ones where everyone from every dept. is ‘required’ to participate only to leave at the end with nothing accomplished or having learned something you didn’t know when you started. What are the necessary meetings and the ones labelled required that aren’t adding value to your people or the business outcome you’re trying to achieve? Stop having ‘required meetings’ and consider meetings that are necessary and are moving your business forward.
3. Conscious partnerships, collaborations and allies
If you thought you were already doing this, have you revisited these relationships and assessed if they’re aligned to your values and what you stand for as an organization? If there’s anything that COVID taught us, it’s that we’re “better together.” Taking a conscious approach to all your business relationships forces you to consider the value and purpose of each one vs. having ties to those who ‘get the job done’ yet at the end of the day, hold no real weight or value.
Every external working relationship should have purpose and intention and ultimately ones that are aligned. You know those that aren’t because you’re not working with them anymore! Some by choice and some unexpectedly. This is a great opportunity to amplify the relationships that are going to help you and create strength by the alliance and shared values. Who are those trusted and valued partners and collaborators you want standing with you and by you during uncertain times? Amplify these.
4. Embrace digitalization and automate without taking the ‘human’ out
Digitalization was happening way before COVID, yet more businesses began digitalizing where they could as the pandemic impacted the way many organizations were operating. Similarly, while automation can be considered a lazy way to replace human jobs (one perspective), what are the processes you can afford to be automated without sacrificing your people? Consider the impact this could have in the way of cost savings and time. A ‘new normal’ will see more businesses stepping into the digital arena and automating processes that move the business forward.
5. Re-imagine, re-invent, re-assess and re-create
The recommendations above aren’t exhaustive of a list and don’t cover many of the things we can start, stop and amplify. Both the tangible and the intangible. They are a start. Re-evaluating a new normal at work; the kind that calls for a ‘deep dive’ into the overall way of doing business asks you to be courageous enough to re-imagine, re-invent, re-assess and re-create.
All hands on deck was a common phrase we heard a lot of in the early months of COVID. We have an opportunity to maintain the collective force and influence the direction of your business.
The greatest opportunity as we look ahead is to look at what is, say farewell to what was and build a stronger world for tomorrow. One individual at a time, one leader at a time, one business at a time.
I’d love to hear from you as you may be looking at ongoing plans to set yourself up for success in an uncertain future.
What’s an aspect of your business you’re re-imagining and hope to see as part of your new reality? Let me know in the comments below.
To your continued success!