Resiliency Valued Over Efficiency in Pandemic Work World
As Covid-19 swept across the globe in early 2020, whole workforce's left offices and began working from home. Reports indicate that two-thirds of workers are more productive working at home than in an office.
Sounds good! But there’s a downside. Now that people are working remotely, the evidence suggests that people are starting earlier and finishing later as they try and juggle everything from home-schooling kids to wanting to prove to an absent management that they are tip-top employees. Burnout is surging along with mental health issues.
Here’s where resiliency enters the picture. Resiliency is all about energy management. An exhausted employee has squandered his energy quotient. The well-being of employees needs to be top-of-mind for leaders. As workers navigate changes in personal and work lives, smart leaders must invite answers to these critical questions:
What are you doing that you now question its value, its purpose, and its efficiency?
Are there meetings you feel compelled to attend that in retrospect, were a waste of time (and energy) ?
If you could design your perfect work-at-home-day, what would it look like?
Where should we invest in technology to help and where is technology a hindrance?
Where do you think we’ve prioritized efficiency over everything else and thus zapped your energy/resiliency?
Do you feel listened to by management?
Remember that prioritizing resilience presents an opportunity to declutter organizations. It can also result in agile work practices PLUS increase employee engagement.