As we come out of covid lockdown, organisations are deciding on how staff are going to work and what the new normal is going to be. Unlike when lockdown first started last year, organisations now have the opportunity to manage this change and how best to implement, their way of operation
Organisations and the teams within them need to decide how they are going to operate in the future. The situation over last year has shown that organisations can operate in a different way. It will have established new strengths, that can now be incorporated into working practices in the future. It will also show where remote working doesn’t work for an organisation, department and or team.
Remote working will have had different motivational impacts on individuals. For a great many, not having to do the daily commute will have been a bonus. For others the sense of isolation at home on their own will have been difficult to cope with and handle. Others will be itching to get back to the office and socialise and to have the opportunity to be away from their home environment. For many being independent and being on their own, will have been bliss and the thought of having to go back to the office and be with team members, is not something they are looking forward to.
During the past year everyone has experienced some form of change. This change has been beyond our control and therefore could at first have had a bigger impact on individuals than it would have done if it were a managed change. After a year most of us have adapted to the change, although for many it may still be something we are resistant to, and we are itching to get back to some kind of normality.
We need to remember that change is always more acceptable when:
We need to ensure that we incorporate these factors as we change back to the new way of working, whether that is how things use to be or a combination of home and office working on a flexible basis.
If you are going to change to a hybrid way of working, to achieve success you need to ensure that there is:
The essence of this is to identify the tasks that are necessary if you're going to give change the greatest chance of success This is particularly important after the dramatic changes over the past year or so.