Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Most of the Western world only started to feel the impact of the pandemic—both on economy and daily life—in March 2020. Lockdowns and various restrictions forced companies to adapt quickly, sometimes awkwardly and occasionally reluctantly. We entered 2021 with the benefit of “hindsight is 2020.” Now, it’s time to apply lessons learned, implement strategies to leverage experience, make adjustments if necessary and move forward with a new vision.
Could the current crisis be the perfect opportunity to become more agile and rethink your entire organizational structure? What COVID-related changes could remain in the foreseeable future or even become the new way of doing business? What tools could be used for the years to come? What methods and strategies should be deployed post-crisis?
Let’s start 2021 off on the right foot with great work habits, another dose of resilience, and a positive mindset.
Remote work changed the rules of the game for most companies and analyzing this ongoing transformation is vital. This is why Slack launched the Future Forum, a consortium that will help companies make all the necessary transformations to thrive in an essentially digital business environment. Brian Elliott, vice-president at Slack, introduced us to the Future Forum during a virtual learning expedition we hosted last December.
Preliminary report data highlighted the following three major findings:
Three factors are the keys to an efficient remote work culture—proper tools, good management practices and a strong business culture. Start with reviewing current practices and asking relevant questions in order to make the right decisions.
You’re faced with the perfect opportunity to accelerate your transformation to a digital business—but your teams still need to be ready for it. Leave 2020 behind—it’s been an exhausting year. As an executive, now is the time to lead by example and champion a new dynamic into your organization.
Don’t react to events, initiate change. Test and experiment as much as possible to regain control over the situation.
Not sure where to start? Here are some ideas and initiatives that you could implement:
Brian Elliott stresses that it’s time to revolutionize the way we work rather than just evolve. The pandemic took the world by surprise in 2020 and the impact left us scrambling, wondering what to do. Along the way, it has also helped build resilience, agility and innovation. Don’t wait, capitalize on these best practices and go even further to decide today what your business will look like tomorrow.