Social distancing, wearing masks and gloves, carrying a pocket hand sanitizer, layoffs, salary cuts, stress, fear – The post-COVID new normal has already dawned upon us.
Do you wonder how to prepare your team and maximize their potential under these new circumstances?
The new normal in the professional world
Change is in the air—whether you welcome it or not. Quickly adapting to this new environment will decide the future success of your team. The new normal includes the following.
- Employee mental health is being prioritized.
- Remote work has become the new norm.
- There’s a shift from sellers to a buyers market in the hiring world.
- Priorities are being re-evaluated.
So how would you prepare your teams for this new era
#1. Adopt a flux mindset
It’s best if both employees and employers adopt a flux mindset. Experts define the term “flux mindset”— as a mindset that we tend to make plans with the belief that those plans would change. Instead of not making any plans, it’s better to get used to continuous change as a default.
The key for teams to succeed in this new era is not only to rethink your goals, tools, and frameworks but how you want to work in a broader sense. Adopting good practices such as a transparent, thoughtful, and written working culture will help connect as a team instead of making decisions at the spot.
#2. Plan for as many scenarios as you can
Experts point out the critical factor in planning for your post COVID plan is to include what-ifs you can think of.
Consider factors such as
- What if employee morale falls
- What if the crisis lasts more than one year
- What to do if the government restrictions tighten again
- What if we consider staying remote for good
- What if we start to lay off more staff
Making assumptions may seem practically pointless, but keep your options open so you can be ready for anything the world might throw at you.
#3. Leave room for failure
Just like you, teams all over the world are facing problems they have no experience with. Since there are no blueprints or playbooks to go by, the pressure to find solutions to the issues can be overwhelming. As an organization, you need to be ready for some answers to fail.
As a business leader, you may ask your team to come up with creative solutions to unforeseen problems. Research shows that highly productive teams have one thing in common–––psychological safety, a knowing that they won’t be punished for their mistakes.
Trust, confidence, and psychological safety will help your team members become more resilient and motivated. All these factors result in a better solution finding for the problems at hand. So cultivating an environment of trust and psychological safety is more critical during these unprecedented times.
#4. Turn homes to be office-friendly
More people have started working remotely. This aspect needs to draw employers’ attention in providing remote workers the tools to function efficiently.
With so many advanced tools, homes have turned into knowledge spaces where plenty of knowledge work is being done. Yet employers give no attention to the ergonomic condition of their team members.
To increase their productivity, employers must include the vocabulary “home office” into their work dictionary. And make sure that the teams have all they need equipment, tools, ergonomic comforts, and moral support to maintain their physical and mental wellbeing.
#5. Be honest and vulnerable with your employees
Keep your employees informed about all your moves. Transparency is the best bet during these times of unusual flux. Keeping your teams in the dark can backfire. Uncertainty may cause anxiety to your employees, which may lower their performance. Being transparent with your teams builds trust and puts them at ease while improving their productivity and wellbeing.
# Bonus Tip
Opt for remote-friendly hires
Now hiring has become a whole new ball game. Some of you may plan to go 100% remote. Even if you don’t wish to abandon your office, you can’t avoid the remote future altogether. Making your remote work policies more open and flexible, shifting your recruitment needs, and strategies about remote employees would pay off in the long run.
The COVID lockdown had thrust remote work upon millions of people worldwide—adjusting to these stressful conditions and that too, in a short period felt quite stressful. Staying at least remote ready even if these conditions have passed will help your teams thrive even in an uncertain future.
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