According to Deloitte’s report on Workforce Strategies for Post-COVID Recovery, every crisis has three distinct time frames: Respond, Recover and Thrive. Organizations have spent the past year responding to the COVID-19 crisis, finding ways to deal with the immediate needs of the crisis as they present themselves.
In this time period, many organizations have also worked towards recovery, shifting their expectations and learning to be flexible as we emerge from this crisis. But what else can your team do to not only recover, but thrive?
Reflect on Past Wins
Recovery takes flexibility and resilience. Moving into the future requires organizations and individuals to reflect on the past.
What has worked well for your teams?
What has been less successful?
What have we learned in this process?
Using these insights can help you shape the future in ways that help everyone thrive. As organizations and individuals continue to be committed to moving forward, they will need to continually be flexible and resilient.
Use this time of uncertainty as the opportunity to reevaluate business priorities and goals, both in the near-term and long-term. Leaders can review goals with team members to ensure they reflect the business values now, as the crisis has forced many companies and individuals to re-evaluate their relationships to work and one another.
Another critical component is to find ways to engage individual purpose, as that can help guide team members on new goals and help evaluate long term goals. This guide has tips on how to thrive in transition with purpose.
Make a Plan
Creating a plan with your team will help you navigate the coming months and years with clarity. Using the insights gained from reevaluating goals, develop a roadmap for where the company and team is headed.
Define measurable goals along the way. This not only helps make large goals seem more attainable but can also be a great way to activate individual employee or member purpose.
Let individuals have input on how to tackle these tasks and set realistic goalposts for reevaluation of the plan and for checking in on progress. Use this time to come back stronger than ever.
Connect with your employees or members frequently, to collaborate, engage and measure.
This recovery period represents a unique opportunity to reevaluate our goals, commitment and purpose to establish new norms and goals. How companies handle this period will likely define their reputations and brands moving forward, perhaps even affect their future competitiveness. Harness this moment and enjoy the process.
And one final and very important step: Don’t forget to celebrate wins (big and little!) along the way!
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