We have all come to accept that the workplace we left in March is not what we will return to. What does that workplace look like for you, and are you ready?
As employees return from furlough over the coming months, their employers will need to evaluate how they will cope in their jobs, whether they return to site or work remotely. Both will present different issues to address.
Aside from the physical need for PPE, there is also the need for ‘wellbeing PPE’. This comes in the form of an individual’s emotional intelligence, resilience and motivation. Just as a face visor will protect the wearer against droplets, these skills protect an individual from burnout, poor performance and reduced productivity. The need for wellbeing PPE doesn’t just apply to returners. It also applies to those who remained at the coalface, supporting businesses through an unprecedented period.
Every organisation faces unique challenges. Some nuanced, most though will be game-changing for better and for worse. What remains constant however is the need for maturity and regulation in decision-making and communication. Emotional intelligence, resilience and motivation are crucial skills when making good choices and creating a strong workplace culture. What we do and how well we do it will determine whether an organisation will successfully swim, or sadly sink.
There has never been a more important time to invest in your people, for it is they who will generate a return to growth. The core skills they need now are resilience, motivation and emotional intelligence. Your post-lockdown culture will depend on developing exceptional professional relationships and collaborative team working. Key to these are specifically social intelligence, awareness and self-regulation.
In the face of great change, flowprofiler® encourages people to be optimistic, adaptable, motivated and self-sufficient. These traits are essential to the success of your C19 change management strategy. Coaching with flowprofiler® enables your line managers and coaches to understand the whole person – to understand what support their people need and to enable individuals to reflect on how they can support themselves and their co-workers, even when under pressure.
Managers face a challenging time ahead, many will lack experience in crisis management. The average leader is not likely to be fully-equipped to deal with this crisis. It’s therefore critical that organisations face up to the need to invest in leadership for the long term.
Help managers to develop as strong leaders who are self-aware, self-regulated and able to build effective workplace relationships. Coaching will help them to be the best they can be, for the benefit of their teams and the organisation. Coaching with flowprofiler® is straightforward to implement online with our experienced team of coaches. We will work with you to identify which coach best suits your individuals and business to make sure that there is the right ‘chemistry’.
We must resist the mindset of doom and gloom. As Robert Gordon, CEO of Hitachi Capital explains, “this changing landscape provides employers with an opportunity to re-evaluate their business models. Remote working has forced everyone to rethink their working practices and opens up new opportunities for attracting and retaining the best talent from a wider pool.” When we deploy our resilience and view the future with optimism, we can see there is light at the end of the tunnel and we will be stronger teams and individuals for it.