3 Things to Measure as We Head Back to the Office
I had a really great conversation with one of my best friends a few weeks ago that has been percolating in my brain. She works for a large national company in a leadership role and has grown through the ranks over the last 10+ years. She’s a bright, competent woman who knows her stuff.
In our discussion, we were talking about how quickly organizations have had to make the shift to remote work given the COVID-19 pandemic, and how amazing it has been to see people and systems adapt out of sheer necessity. She spoke of how quickly the organization had transitioned to using new software for meetings and collaboration. What was expected to take over a year to roll out was done in less than four weeks. She also talked about how decisioning was being done much more rapidly than in the past because of emerging needs. Decisions that used to take months or even quarters to be taken, were being taken in hours or days.
Here was her fear... She said, “It won't last.” As we start to transition back into a hybrid or workplace setting, we will not just go back to the office, but go back to our old ways of doing things.
My question back was, “Do we HAVE to go back?” What if we could use this experience as a catalyst for a more innovative approach? How?
Here are three things we can each do to help our organizations apply the learning from this experience to maximize a more innovative approach to our work:
We’ve learned a lot from our collective experience over these last months. We’ve had to be more innovative in a tighter timeframe than ever before. Now is the time to leverage that way of thinking to move forward rather than push back. We each have an opportunity to be part of a positive movement—don’t let going back take you back.