How Corporations Are Rebuilding After COVID-19

What is the future of work? Three months ago, that might have seemed like a far-reaching question, but in the light of the coronavirus epidemic, organizations are quickly realizing that it’s time to develop an answer, at least for the short term. 

 

In any given crisis, the businesses that succeed are those who look at conflict as an opportunity to adapt and develop their structure and processes. As we move forward in the era of COVID-19, many corporations are already reimagining the way they do business. Following the lead of these organizations, from major tech giants to fellow small businesses, can help you keep on your feet and exit the crisis with a smarter, stronger company.

 

A greater focus on health

 

Employee health has quickly become the main focus of workplace changes. Many offices are adopting health policies like regular temperature checks, hand sanitizing stations, and mask requirements before employees can enter the building. The physical office structure is changing as well: companies with open-air offices are integrating measures such as clear plastic sneeze guards, HVAC airflow changes, spaced out desks, or added cubicles.

 

Given the pressing health concerns, we’ve also seen businesses switch to digital-only meetings and reconsider which meetings truly bring value to the company. In the current economic situation, it may be helpful for certain teams like a sales team to meet even more frequently than before, while other internal or external meetings may be rescheduled or canceled. In addition, the pandemic has also called many standard policies into question, like the need for guaranteed sick leave and care leave, meaning that some organizations are rapidly changing the way they provide for their people in general. 

 

Updated work from home policies

 

At the end of the COVID-19 crisis, organizations may find themselves with far fewer in-office employees at any given time—or even no in-office employees at all. Some major technology companies, including tech giants like Google, Twitter, and Facebook, are changing their policies to allow employees to work remotely for the long term, with the possibility to make these changes permanent even after the outbreak is resolved. And as employees learn to tackle issues remotely and to collaborate digitally, companies must think on their feet to adapt their workplace policies. Working in a digital office alters the way a workforce engages with a company, the way employee training is carried out, the way we adapt to digital tools, and even the expectations customers have of a company. 

 

This current crisis may be one of the toughest leadership tests you’ll face, especially in light of the health and economic concerns of this virus. Reimagining your organization as a nimble team that can make crucial decisions quickly, collaborate, and work remotely, and move forward through uncertainty may be exactly what’s needed to help you succeed in the long run.

 

As we all deal with the stress and uncertainty of the COVID-19 virus and its impact on our day to day lives, it's important to step back and take the time to care for ourselves. Here are some of the things that are worth consciously working on in the coming weeks.

SPEND TIME WITH LOVED ONES, especially children. In today’s busy world often our time with the ones we love gets put on the back burner. As events, activities, and schools cancel….and more and more people work at home, now is a great chance to get caught up with each other.

REDISCOVER THE SIMPLE THINGS. There was a time when we weren’t “on the clock” 24/7, when our children weren’t spending each evening in activities… when life was a routine. With much of that canceled for the near term, now is an opportunity to have family dinners, play games, read that book that you can never get to. Take a step back from the complications of the world. Take a breather.

FIND THE GOOD IN THINGS. We are bombarded all day and night with the negative things that are going on. There is much criticism over governments, mass hysteria, other nations, etc. But there are good stories out there as well. Stories of people helping people. While it's a shame that we have to work hard to find these, it is worth the effort.

Last, and most importantly, KEEP A POSITIVE MINDSET. It is so easy to succumb to the negativity that flows from a crisis such as this one. But keeping a positive mindset is one of the best things that you can do during this time. Positive energy will help you maintain your health, be productive, and reduce stress. Moreover, it is contagious. Everyone that you come in contact with (from 6 feet away of course) will be affected by your energy, even if just a little bit. And the more positive energy that is released into the world, the better this situation will be and the quicker it will resolve.


WADE THOMAS

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