10 Things Your Probably Did Better During Social Distancing: 5 – Weeding out the we

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.


5 . Weeding out the we

We’ve talked before about the risks of using the word “We” when you are discussing action. On a video meeting people seem to be more willing to address comments to one specific participants. This means that “We need to follow up with that client” becomes “Dave, can you follow up with that client and report back”. This simple change can have a huge impact on culture, productivity and accountability.

Have you noticed a difference in how you agree and delegate when you use remote meetings?


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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