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.
7. Getting serious about work/life balance.
For people who have been working from home some of the challenges have been huge. Some will have had children at home, or other caring responsibilities. Some of us (ahem, me) find that our working day is interrupted by seemingly endless essential home deliveries. Some of us have pets who simply can’t resist video-bombing. Despite this, research shows that for many businesses (especially those in the knowledge economy and professional services) productivity has been up. Businesses who go back to a culture of presentism face a huge risk… if, you don’t value output over presence, your team may move somewhere that does.
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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