How To Lead Your Employees Out of The Pandemic
Since March 2020, businesses all over the globe have been dealing with the fallout from the worldwide pandemic that is COVID-19. As well as the obvious toll on health and the now millions of deaths that it has caused, the economic impact it has is unprecedented. Who would have thought that the world would pretty much grind to a halt?
Now that we are beginning to return to some form of normality, we need to change the way we do things and lead businesses out of the pandemic, and this can take a very resilient kind of leader to do this – someone like Dee Agarwal. Here, we look at some tips to help you to lead your employees – and business – out of the pandemic.
#1 Reorient your employees on the new normal
Leaders must hold sessions where they help their employees with learning to get back to normal, based on the new challenges. The pandemic has upended routines and the known way of doing things and some people may not have seen or even spoken to some of their colleagues for almost 18 months. A relaunch session can reset expectations, look at the new ways of doing things, and get people reacquainted while learning about how the pandemic has affected everyone. It also gives team members the opportunity to raise any worries or concerns that they may have and have them resolved.
#2 Reflect on what has happened
The Coronavirus pandemic has been a huge turning point in history and for many people has been a traumatic period of time. Take advantage of this time to reflect on your own life. Is your work a reflection of your values? Have you allowed some important relationships to deteriorate? Did you abandon a dream too soon? You won’t be a good business leader unless you understand how to direct and inspire yourself.
#3 Make sure that you are taking care of your physical and mental health and wellbeing
We have all heard of the saying ‘you can’t pour from an empty jug’, and it is important to take the time to look after your own physical and mental wellbeing if you want to be an effective leader in business. As a business owner or leader, you simply cannot afford to risk your mental or physical health at the moment. Did you know that almost half of all businesses do not have a plan for succession? It is not a luxury to prioritize your health and wellbeing, but a leadership essential. Count it as part of your risk management strategy.
Leaders must also set a good example for their teams in terms of self-care. Employees can be disturbed and lose confidence if they appear emaciated and exhausted during meetings. At the same time, attempting to project an image of pre-2020 normal life and “business as usual” can be intimidating, leading employees to conceal their own difficulties.
#4 Plan for events like this in the future
Perhaps you have heard of VUCA situations – volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. This is used in strategic planning in business so that you can be as prepared as possible should anything like this happen again. Of course, you can never rest on your laurels with this – just look at how the pandemic has taken us by surprise and the number of curveballs it has thrown us, almost on a daily basis, since the very beginning.
#5 Look at how you can scale your business with technology
Nobody pays much attention to information technology until something goes wrong. This crisis necessitated a large-scale redistribution of modern information technology, with a focus on communications, and much of it crumbled under pressure. Because the technology did not fail under pressure, the best organizations were able to expand existing capacity. They had a solid infrastructure that allowed for new purposes, new software deployments, and new team-wide coordinated routines. The best can take advantage of this opportunity to experiment and learn where technology can provide a service or enable more flexible work arrangements.
#6 Examine how COVID-19 may have affected career progression
According to new research, COVID-19 is taking an unexpected toll on the careers of scientific researchers, particularly women. If you are a woman, have young children, or work in a lab, you are more likely to be affected by the pandemic’s career-crushing effects. As the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc in the United States and around the world, a well-documented gender gap in science is becoming increasingly visible across professions worldwide, for all types of working women. When developing reopening plans, leaders should consider childcare infrastructure at each educational and other organization, both as the pandemic continues and well into the recovery period.