It can take a global crisis to reveal gaps within organisations across sectors and it is becoming clear that both the pace and the extent of change set throughout the Coronavirus pandemic will pave the way for the next ‘normal’. The question on the mind of many leaders is, what will normal look like once this passes? And do we have the right people in place to guide throughout a period of uncertainty in order to drive this change?
A permanent change in the expectations of employees and working conditions is one of many outcomes that we may see. With many becoming accustomed to working remotely and companies noticing a difference in overheads and outgoings without facility costs, there may be no going back for some. Some organisations may opt to adapt or extend their sickness policy as data suggests that 90% of employees have admitted coming to work when ill. A heavier reliance on tech is certainly something we expect to see.
Further expected altercations are a shift in working and communication patterns and especially for the public sector, currently facing pressure to reform quickly, innovation may result in new organisational structures and strategic business changes across the board.
So how can leaders draw the positives from this situation in order to ensure they operate to the best of their ability?
In a time where we are navigating in uncertainty, leaders must consider taking new approaches. Organisations failing to do this carry the risk of falling behind the curve of innovation and continuing with tired and less effective methods.
It has never been more important to have the right people and leaders in place to pioneer change. It is worth considering a full review of the talent that is currently in place within your organisation. Ask yourself the following:
There is an art to leading through the darkest hours, and the decisions made during the most trying times always echo far beyond the present. Now, more than ever, it is important to have a strong leader in place who can not only adapt quickly but who can demonstrate trust and resilience whilst doing so.
In order to ensure that crisis management is effective, organisations need to ensure that they are adapting and reflecting their core values throughout. If one of your core values is people, for example, then this is an opportunity to demonstrate that commitment. Whether that be considering ways to support your internal team in a difficult and stressful time or whether it be through considering ways that you can lead your organisation to benefit the greater good and your local community. It will not go unnoticed moving forwards.
How can Futures help?
Here at Futures, we specialise in interim management across the public sector and manufacturing industry. We have a strong background in providing crisis management experts who have a proven track record of operating in challenging circumstances to ensure the best possible outcome.