With the onset of COVID-19, change came quickly. Business shutdown, we learned to wear masks, lockdowns and curfews became a reality, and social distancing was the new norm. We were forced into our homes and still expected to maintain relationships, work productivity and motivation. And, although we were hopeful there would be an end in sight, the pandemic stretched on into 2021, giving rise to the persistent condition of languishing. Languishing saps your drive, disrupts your capacity to concentrate and increases your chances of cutting back on tasks. So, with the emotional long-haul of the pandemic, many people have been muddling through the day.
The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly had an extreme impact on small businesses globally. These changes have required small businesses to adapt fast in an attempt to overcome the negative ramifications that come with a global pandemic.
With the onset of COVID-19, there have been significant lifestyle and working changes including social distancing and other pandemic measures. Given humans are naturally social creatures, the sudden changes caused by the pandemic have caused a severe cultural shock. For employees specifically, the widespread shift to working from home (WFH) and loss of face-to-face contact can threaten to dissolve company cultures, and leaders must now develop an action plan to keep culture alive!
So, when COVID hit, I thought it would pass. A few weeks of hysteria and then we would be back to normal. A small bump in the road.
Working remotely is one of the greatest challenges that a company can face, but it can also be a great opportunity for the company and the employees. As the traditional office space becomes a thing of the past, aided by the recent spread of COVID-19, more businesses are trying to adjust to remote work than ever before. Depending on what industry your company is in, this will either be a seamless transition or a very difficult one. How does a remote team operate? Below, we go into detail on what to expect as your team begins to work from home.