Pandemic work life: is this the new norm?

Our work life during the pandemic has definitely shaken things up a little. But it doesn’t mean that the way we work has changed forever, or has it ?

Milo-Arne Wilkinson an executive coach, behavioural scientist and neuroscientist is here to give you her views on the reality of the new working norm.

So if you are a workplace leader you might want to grab a pen and paper and start taking notes.

Here’s what Milo has to say:

“Companies cannot for one second believes that they are going to run the ship like they did six months ago. The humans that worked for you six months ago don’t look like they did six months ago.

My absolute honesty in the research I have done and working with organisations and executives is only those willing to pivot will survive. Only those willing to look at wellbeing and what makes people truly happy.

Engage in what it is that employees do, not just what you want them to do. Understand that people have now not had to commute and been able to walk their kids to school before they login to the team zoom. Their work life balance now is more profound than it’s ever been. If we expect to Frank, Mary and John to come in at 9:00 to 6:00 or 8:00 to 4:00 Monday to Friday it’s not gonna happen.

If they looked at their strategy and spent equal amount of time looking at a strategy where you’re getting people to come back to work as you did about how much money you would save if you offered a flexible workforce and therein lies your answer.

Most organisations are looking at the return to work social distancing, two people in a lift all of that’s necessary it’s all safety .  But at the same time how much time are  you spending on what would it mean if we had two floors of this building instead of four, what would it mean if sales come in on Wednesdays and Fridays. What if we shared some of that environment, what if we allowed people to have more time with their families. Would this increase engagement ? There are very few organisations looking at that as opposed to the standard what hours are we going to work and when are we coming back.”

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