Insights from the field
The current COVID-19 Pandemic is forcing us all to shift – personally and professionally. With lockdowns in affect in most states and municipalities, workers of all types are being forced into remote work. For some, it’s no big deal. For others, it’s a huge transition as limited human contact, lack of access to printers, and the removal of informal networks is now gone.
There is an emotional and technological shift that needs to happen in organizations that need to get the right work done. For big companies, their well-funded IT departments can easily grant broader remote access to their network and employees have the needed computing and telephony power to connect and collaborate. Not so for public institutions and those working in smaller organizations where the IT department is “me,” or where showing up has historically been part of the job.
So here are some considerations to ponder through the prism of a transitions model made famous by William Bridges and his organization:
There are three phases that occur in this transitions process:
As employees enter their new remote work situation, they must get closure on what used to be. In an office environment, showing up and going to a place began a rhythm of the day and shared calendars created structure. In the case of lockdowns, this ending period has already happened. Most workers have the ability to anticipate change and to prepare for the impact of it. Over the past few weeks we’ve been thrown into the arena with little notice.
Endings often include:
In order to make the transition; any shift means spending time in the gray which is called the neutral zone in the Bridges model:
The new beginning is the destination, the desired new state. In the case of the pandemic, this might be simply be the ability to go back to the office. But the economic impact of the virus will place an emotional rather than a structural phenomenon on employees. Based on current business social media posts, so many are pledging to be resilient and ready; taking care of mind, body and spirit:
Change and transition will only be successful if leaders and organizations address the stages of transition they are experiencing right now. Supporting people through an orderly transition, rather than all ahead full is essential if the change is to work as planned. Employees will need an opportunity to reflect on how their organization is changing and develop some new ways to think about change, even while they’re in the midst of it. High performing organizations are helping individuals develop skills critical to their personal and collective success when working in any environment.
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March 16, 2020: As we enter another week of our National Emergency surrounding COVID-19, I wanted to share with you a few tips that may help us all better manage ourselves, our loved ones and our businesses over the coming weeks. We are featuring an online event at the end of the month that will delve deeper into these areas where we'll help you leverage your energy versus your time to achieve personal success and renewal. There is plenty that has been shared by experts on how to protect yourself from the virus. But right now, I wanted to share three things that you can do to give yourself a better sense of CONTROL over the coming weeks.
1. FOCUS ON YOU: Now is the time to focus on your health and well being. Those dear to you will depend on you for strength, guidance, thinking and emotional support. Create a foundation for yourself so that you can be in service to others. Rest, eat well, exercise outside and pull in more of the joy that you've been receiving from your life and dwell on that.
2. WE WILL BE DISTRACTED: With the media doing their best to keep us informed to the constant "on" of social media, there is a great deal to distract us. In addition, we are all bound to have periods of worry and angst. That's to be expected. But what you can do is leverage two blocks of time to manage it. For worry - give yourself 60 seconds to explore that. After 60 seconds you MUST pivot to a more positive thought. For those with fluid schedules or those that need the TV on in the background, harness 90-minute bursts of activity followed by 20 minutes of chill time. Clean that home office, capture three big ideas for your business or family in a journal or finish that book on the nightstand with the bookmark that hasn't moved in weeks. Any sense of accomplishment you can muster is powerful right now.
3. IMPROVE YOUR INVESTMENTS: Now is the time to improve your relationships, your home or your car. Connect with family and friends. If they're remote, use Face-Time or the free version of Zoom to have virtual dinners. For your home, paint the trim in the bathroom, seal the driveway or yank out that bush that's on its last legs. For your car, there is nothing more therapeutic than the elbow grease that goes into a good wash and wax.
These are just a few of the tips we'll share on May 28th and May 29th. Reserve your spot here . We look forward to seeing you. - Bill
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