During the Covid19 Lockdown businesses have all had to change and adapt to accommodate social distancing. It has been a stressful and distressing time. People have been under enormous pressure, and things which we previously took for granted suddenly had to stop completely. As the lockdown eased many of the businesses we work with are starting to look at how to return to a new normal. This is a great time to reflect, and before you revert back to exactly how you used to work, there are some things which many business leaders may have done BETTER during lockdown. This short blog series aims to get you thinking about what social distancing adaptations you might want to keep for the longer term. Some of these may be things which you were great at before, but some might be changes that you’ve noticed, and which you want to take action to preserve.
1 – Valuing Reflection
Without a commute to contend with, and with lots of people home-based, many people adopted new routines and habits – for some that was a slower start each morning, regular exercise at times which wouldn’t usually be possible, or time sitting in a park, garden or on the balcony. So many business leaders have told us how much they enjoyed and benefitted from the time to think, reflect and refresh. If you are a business leader thinking should be a HUGE part of your job. For some of you, it should be most of your job. Very few people do their best strategic thinking sat at a desk in an office, on the factory floor, or when out and about with customers. Too many business leaders do this strategic reflection in tiny gaps as they move between busy-work. Would your business benefit from you valuing time to think, refresh and reflect during the working day?
When change is forced upon us, it can be hard to separate the positive from the negative and the necessary. It can be useful to take a moment and work out whether you have made changes which were necessary, but which should now be kept even when the initial impetus has gone.
What lockdown behaviours are you going to keep?
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