Covid-19 – the once in hundred year pandemic – has thrust organisations into an unprecedented situation where they are forced to move away from traditional ways of working. As businesses take the next steps in determining what their future of work looks like, we invite you to pause and take stock of the challenges and opportunities that have and will present themselves.
There is a lot of positive as well as negative learning to be gained from this, and we have developed an approach, through concerted research from the SEA region, to capture these and provide clients with a way forward.
Each section is focused on addressing three pressing questions:
- How can organisations adapt and emerge stronger than before?
- How can we keep our staff safe, motivated and engaged?
- Do we need to adapt our workplaces and processes?
ARTICLE #1 : PAUSE FOR PURPOSE
These days, it is important to always keep moving. COVID-19 has shattered the patterns of this world, as we went through a global crash course on agile & remote working.
Did we have time for a real pause? As we keep going, have our goals changed?
Take a moment and find your position in the framework below. Where do you stand in relation to your leaders and organization? Here are some considerations to think about before we leap into problem-solving mode.
ARTICLE #2 : PIVOT WITH PERSPECTIVE
What does it mean to lead in these times? How has the employee voice changed? The destination may have shifted, but we can make sure we are on the right track.
Finding the sweet spot where employees’ and leaders’ perspectives collide is exactly where you need to be to begin moving forward. It should be a priority to listen to the employee voice while critically analysing management styles. Tackling challenges in tandem will give rise to co-creation opportunities with employees and leaders which can shape and form sustainable strategies for the future.
Where do your employee and leader perspectives collide?
ARTICLE #3 : 3-PHASES TO MAP YOUR SOLUTION
In this article, we look at the lockdown measures and explore what good can come out of it.
The sudden lockdown sent most office workers home to work remotely. While everyone scrambled to adapt to new work practices, it forced all of us to change the way we work.
We were used to agile working in the office, but remote working was considered too drastic. However, with Covid-19, remote working was suddenly the new normal, resulting in lots of challenges, but also lots of learning.
As organisations grapple with making the workplace safe for employees to return to work, a growing demand for flexible work and alternative workspace such as distributed satellite offices, coworking, public spaces,, home, etc. will need to be considered.
There are numerous implications to explore and address, and we believe that this could have a profound impact on how we continue to organise our work, organisations and workplaces, allowing us to build sustainable solutions aimed at building better employee well-being and performance.
To help organisations move forward and establish new work practices, we have developed a 3-phase assessment and analysis process, divided out over 8 steps to capture the learning and to enable organisations to come out of this stronger than ever.