Following the peak of the Coronavirus pandemic employees are now officially allowed to return to their usual place of work. And whether they are eager to do this or desperate to stay at home, it’s important as a business leader to respect that this is definitely a period of adjustment for everyone involved. Returning to any workplace will mean facing strict new safety measures, whilst working at home can make people feel lonely, cut off from their team and out of touch with the overall business culture.
What’s certain is that normal life has changed and so as we embrace this ‘new normal’ now is the perfect time to form some positive habits and move the business to the next level. By refocusing on the overall business vision and OKRs (Objectives & Key Results) as employees return, either from furlough or simply back to the workplace, this will revive enthusiasm and remind employees of the importance of their roles in achieving these business goals.
Back in January, you may have had ambitious growth plans for the year ahead, just seven months later you may be happy to have simply survived the pandemic while many other businesses haven’t been so fortunate. As a business leader you may need to amend your initial 2020 12-month vision to become more Covid-19 realistic. We suggest taking some thinking time out to revisit this initial vision and asses the true impact the pandemic has had on your business focus. Unfortunately, for most this is likely to be a negative effect. However, there are some business that will have experienced a positive boom - PPE suppliers I’d imagine! Once you’ve done this you’re ready to amend the business vision accordingly, considering where you would like to be in December this year and going forward into 2021.
Combining this refocus with the return of your teams to the workplace provides an excellent new start and could work perfectly to boost teams back into alignment, ensuring everyone is clear about the business goals.
Here are 7 steps to take when introducing people back to the workplace and refocusing on the business objectives:
For more help when introducing a new member of staff, check out our blog on forming disciplined habits for better results.
For those who continue to work from home, having a Reclaro 1-3-5® Action Plan in place will help the team to be super effective and aligned as they all work towards the same goals. If employees are reluctant to return to the office then as an employer surviving through Covid you need to be respectful of this. Reclaro® can help you achieve increased productivity and team alignment wherever their place of work. Everyone’s situation is different and so a certain degree of trust and empathy is required.
This is our advice so I hope you’ve found it helpful. If you’d like to know more about anything mentioned in this blog then don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’d love to hear from you. Or if you’d like to find out how our amazing OKR software helps many businesses become more productive, more focused and more aligned, not to mention achieve outstanding business growth, then book a demo today!