From remote teams to major shifts in operational procedures, most would agree that COVID-19 has dramatically changed the way in which organizations function. Leaders who take meaningful action in the midst of the crisis will be better positioned to survive (and even thrive) in the long-term future. As COVID-19 continues to disrupt the workforce, here are some ways in which companies can brace for the potentially permanent changes to come:
Take stock in company culture. Before making any radical organizational changes, your company’s culture must be your top priority. Understanding the way in which your employees have been personally affected by the pandemic, and demonstrating empathic leadership, will allow you to keep the morale of your organization strong in the face of crisis. Being proactive about implementing new cultural practices will give your employees the necessary resilience, guidance and strength as things evolve.
Identify key changes. Along with any major global crisis comes changes that need to be made within companies at the micro-level. As your organization must adapt, taking an inventory of impending changes across the board will be critical. This process often starts with prioritizing what initiatives or decisions will future-proof your organization, as well as developing a plan that involves the right resources and individuals to execute them. Whether it’s expanding your company’s IT department or investing in virtual training programs, this is the time to prepare and implement organizational changes from within.
Shift from a “panic to purpose” mindset. While it can be easy to get caught up in the fear and uncertainty a pandemic can bring, part of ultimately transitioning into a post-pandemic world is to shift your mindset from one of panic to purpose. This shift involves taking a meaningful pause, bringing a sense of purpose to your company’s future, and reframing operations as appropriate. Using this time as an opportunity to make transformative changes within your organization will help your company successfully overcome the COVID-19 crisis while adapting to the “post-pandemic” way of the world.
Remember, there’s no better time than the present to start preparing for the future that lies ahead. Companies that embrace the strategies above will fare much better in conquering the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, setting the stage for their “new normal” in the coming months.
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