We were recently struck by new and terrifying news of a spiking new Covid-19 variant in Kenya. Such news is likely, if they haven’t already, to affect corporate in small and large ways. As a leader, you carry the greatest amount of weight as you wonder which way to follow to ensure safety and save the company. Some plans may have been deemed irrelevant, inapplicable, risky, or immature before they were fully implemented or have been implemented for a short time. For instance, if you were finalizing hybridization plans or full return to the office, all of a sudden you may wonder whether such are options that ought to be considered or not.
Here are some valuable tips that you should keep in mind at all times to handle the frequent demand for adjustments.
a. Don’t get tired of prioritizing wellbeing
It has been a tough battle since the pandemic started, but it would be a risky to throw in the towel and follow through with the plans, such as return to the office, only to regret later due to a spike in number of infections. Medical experts have already reported that the delta-strain is more contagious than other virus strains. One fact that health experts have emphasized is collective responsibility in the prevention of Covid-19 infection.
As a leader, you already have the capacity to influence and assist in the health promotion activities. For instance, encouraging your team to be vaccinated because unvaccinated people are at more risk of contracting the virus than the vaccinated, ensuring that safety measures are observed in the workplace, and offering support where possible can make a huge difference.
b. Be open to change management ideas
While looking for the best ways of running the company and stand strong in the midst of the sudden changes, you can run out ideas. Being open to suggestions on how some operations can be cushioned from adverse changes can increase your scope of understanding and perception of certain aspects.
Openness to ideas can also be researching what other companies in different sectors are doing to stay afloat or holding brainstorming meetings with your team. This can ultimately relieve you of the stress that comes with being a leader and having to make decisions frequently.
Other than listening to ideas, you should also challenge any limiting beliefs against the corporate life. For instance, before the pandemic, remote work was never considered. In the rare times that it was, it was also associated with disappointments from employees, chaos, and other negative things. As you seek ways of adapting, consider any beliefs that may hinder the success of that process.
c. Be ready for change in any sector, any time
One thing that has stood out in the last almost two years of battling the pandemic is how quickly things can change and why we should follow suit. Even with well-grounded speculations on the future of work and what we should and should not do, we are consistently seeing that we are being challenged and should be ready to face anything head-on. Circumstances can change that can force you to change the entire management style, skillsets of workers, working location, etc.
This however, does not mean you should not set long term goals for the company. Rather, to set and be ready to adjust whenever situations demand; whether it is operations or the workforce or any other sector because as medical experts have reported that more Covid-19 strains are likely to emerge. This readiness for change can make the adjustment process several times easier unlike when you stand firm on a certain belief.
It can be quite tiring to adjust operations frequently. However, as it stands, adjustments are necessary for companies to stay afloat.