The Future of the Workplace – As Necessitated by the COVID-19 Virus

Skip Weisman, Professional Speaker, Certified Great Game of Business Coach & AuthorRemember the adage, “necessity is the mother of invention” in our current environment, the truth is, “Necessity overrides resistance to change.”

In just one week the world has changed significantly as everyone in this global economy tries figure out where it’s all going.

One trend from the industries I serve is that the workplace, as we’ve known, is going to change.

Company leaders who have resisted flexible work hours and remote working are facing the necessity of embracing it.

Even traditionally bureaucratic environments like government offices are embracing remote work as people are ordered to stay home.

As companies figure out how to set up their team members for remote work, they will learn that most adults working for them:

  1. Want to do a good job, and,
  2. They can be trusted to do that good job from wherever,

As long as they have three things:

  1. The tools and resources,
  2. Clear performance and response expectations, and
  3. The trust of their supervisors, managers, company leaders.

Once the necessity of figuring this out is over, many workplaces will never go back all the way, paving the way for a new way to work and add value to the world.

A few years ago, a colleague wrote a book called The Invisible Organization: How Ingenious CEOs are Creating Thriving, Virtual Companies. In the book Mitch spelled out how this is possible. Another great resource is a book titled, “The Results Only Work Environment.”

What do you see and what are you experiencing? Leave a comment below and let’s start a discussion.

Be diligent, follow recommended protocols and for those who remember the television series and Hill Street Blues’ Sergeant Phil Esterhaus’s (Michael Conrad) morning roll call catchphrase “Let’s Be Careful Out There!”

All My Best,