We spend so much time wanting and planning to be progressive, and yet by the time we do make a move we are merely just adapting to keep up. The time we put in to thinking and discussing, plans become dated as we implement them, and we are in a continuous cycle of being behind or at par. Until we find ourselves in the middle of a crisis.
Life has changed enormously over the past few weeks. Schools have closed, some cities are in a state of emergency, and more people than ever before are getting out of bed and dialing into conference calls from their dining room table. In less than a week, many companies have scrambled to create remote-work practices and help their employees set up shop in their homes. While most of the news today is unsettling, I’ve found a silver lining and a potential for hope in this pandemic; what if this is our chance to prove remote work, innovation and different ways of servicing our clients, actually does work?
Life is a whirlwind for us all right now, maximizing productivity shouldn’t take precedence in a crisis situation. Many of us are juggling work and care taking responsibilities. Being empowered to manage your own time, capitalize on our energy for times of focus, and not feel stressed by commuting, can prove highly valuable.
Many employers who have resisted the work from anywhere, anytime model, now find themselves at the mercy of this crisis and have no choice but to embrace it. Even if we deem this temporary. The reality is; a lot of what we are “adapting to” right now will be game changing for those who allow it to. Though the arrival of a pandemic isn’t the best circumstance for an organization to be forced into remote work, I believe there will be an even bigger shift toward this type of work option, now that the proof has been revealed.
COVID-19 is forcing more people to work remotely than ever before. Most of us will see that it is possible, and start to get used to the benefits which include; autonomy, no commute, and less distractions than open offices. Organizations that haven’t yet allowed remote work are going to have to continue supporting it going forward, now that they have proven to themselves that it works. After this virus passes and businesses adapt to their new normal, the likeliness is high that professionals may change their tune on what matters most to them.
In a day and age where we have global competitiveness on the war for talent, COVID-19 presents an opportunity to demonstrate how successful and sustainable remote work can be. This will allow organizations to; service different client portfolios than they have in the past, have team members communicate in new and truly innovative ways, it will force us to keep up on technology (one of the primary considerations new talent seek when taking a job), and broaden the talent pool for engaging and hiring new members to the team.
For all the stress and despair Coronavirus has and continues to cause, there is an upside to what we’ve learned and how we grow as people and as businesses.