Will You Require Employees To Return To The Office?

COVID-19 has taken its toll on the workplace. Many businesses shifted to a work-from-home model completely or a hybrid model. There were businesses that said they were going to keep this model of work for the foreseeable future.

With COVID-19 vaccines being readily now, these organizations and many others are shifting gears. They’re now thinking about bringing their workforce back to the office full-time.

This is causing major issues for business owners and employees. Employees, many for the first time, got to experience the freedom and benefits of working remotely. Remote employees skip the commute (26.6 minutes each way), reduced costs for lunch, the ability to stay at their home, better work-life balance, and more.

Employers fear their employees may not be as productive as they make it sound. They also fear their company is not as connected because they are not all working from the same office. This can create a sense of disconnect.

6 Things Leaders Can Learn From COVID-19 And The Pandemic

It’s hard to believe that the COVID-19 pandemic is still happening. Businesses are still shuttered. Some have only recently reopened. Others have chosen to defy orders from various government agencies and reopened.

It’s a crazy time. It’s also real.

We’re experiencing something none of us ever expect to experience. Here we are, though, over a year into the global pandemic.

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It’s hard to think of everything that has been lost. Businesses permanently closed. Families struggling. Churches wondering what to do.

Through all of the chaos, there are good things that have come out of COVID and the pandemic. We only have to look and try to find them.

Today, I want to share 6 things leaders can learn from COVID-19 and how you can use these things to be a better leader.

What Doesn’t Matter In A Crisis

There are so many things we think matter that don’t. We discover what truly matters in a crisis.

I hope you’re discovering what matters and what doesn’t matter throughout this crisis. I have.

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Photo by Brian McGowan

You may be shocked at what I’m about to share. These may seem like things that should matter. In the end, they really don’t.

These are vanity metrics. Things we want to matter. Things we think should matter. But they don’t.

What Doesn’t Matter In A Crisis

We can’t get caught up in things that don’t matter. Especially during a crisis. Yet it’s a common pitfall for leaders.

We find ourselves staring at or propping up all sorts of vanity. All sorts of things that don’t matter.

Things like:

Titles –

We love our titles. I’ve seen titles ranging from Vice President Of Sales And Operational Excellence to Galactic Viceroy of Research Excellence.

How To Determine If A Crisis Is Really A Crisis

As the COVID-19 crisis hit the world, very few leaders thought this viral outbreak would be as big as it is. Many leaders thought it would come and go.

COVID-19 hasn’t come and gone. It’s left businesses, non-profits, and families in ruins.

Not all crises are the same. Not all crises demand economies be shut down or economies ruined. Some you can get through battered and bruised but none-the-worse. Others, like COVID-19, demanded a sterner approach. One that has hurt many people. An approach that continues to hurt people.

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Photo via Jan Kopriva

But how do we decide if a crisis is really a crisis or a momentary blip on the radar? How do we know whether to react swiftly or to drift through a crisis?

These are tough decisions to make. You make the wrong one and your organization could be underwater.