Leader | I went on my first vacation in a long time this summer. Despite having full vaccinations and wearing a full-face mask, I developed COVID-19 within 24 hours of flying and was unable to work for several weeks. Vacation morphed into something entirely different.
My story isn’t unique; it’s just the tip of the iceberg. This year has shown us that established patterns no longer hold true. At the beginning of the year, we had high hopes for mass vaccinations, but those hopes were dashed by vaccine resistance, a summer marred by the delta variant, and now the omicron virus itself.
In the course of a week, CEOs ask me how to improve their hybrid work environments and take better care of their employees in the face of constant uncertainty. As of March 2020, I’ve been repeating the same advice: Rather than wishing this would end soon, you should activate the Stockdale Paradox. This means that things are going to be hard for a long time, but that they will eventually get better. In the meantime, concentrate on improving the things you can control.
In the early days of the pandemic, when we were all in a state of shock and lockdown, this overarching mindset was just as relevant as it is now, as we begin to move into a rehabilitation phase. Staying focused, present, and productive requires this kind of thinking. We need to stop trying to instill a false sense of security in ourselves and our clients.
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However, just because we’re looking ahead to a new year doesn’t mean we can’t get some perspective on macro trends. In the absence of certainty, clarity can be a soothing balm. Here are four big trends to keep an eye on in 2022.
Creating A Long-Term Strategy As Leader
The need for retention strategies has grown as a result of the Great Resignation and general dissatisfaction. But being environmentally friendly isn’t going to do the trick. Companies that ask, “How can we keep our best employees and not burn them out?” are only concerned with the survival of a shrinking workforce. An organization’s practices can be classified as exploitative, depletive, sustainable, or regenerative in one of four stages.
Every year, the land becomes more biodiverse and productive because of regenerative processes on the farm, and this is also true for people. In order to take a regenerative approach like Patagonia, one must ask: “How do we actually make people better off by working with us?” During their stay, how can they improve their health, wealth, and knowledge? In 2022, organizations will realize that if they want to retain top talent, they need to create environments that enrich the lives of their employees—especially since top talent is now extremely mobile.
Measurable Initial Strategies
With so much focus on implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion proclamations since George Floyd’s slaying, organizations may not be able to keep track of their progress. Measuring change in complex systems necessitates considering it from three perspectives.
To begin with, you must ascertain the relative importance that people attach to a given concept. Measuring employee perceptions of an issue’s importance can be done through the use of software that tracks how employees speak internally. After that, you need to develop habits, which most organizations fail to do. Due to an inability to change one’s daily habits, most changes fail. Using a novel approach, you can track how new habits are adopted by large groups. Finally, qualitatively measurable system changes are required.
Therefore, companies can track the results of their internal interventions and make adjustments as needed to ensure lasting change. DE & I’s efforts may be jeopardized if we fail to document actual progress.
Genuine Hybrid Methods Data For Leader
Frequently, I’m asked when we’ll all be back at work. That’s a thing of the past, in my opinion, due to the numerous benefits that come with doing hybrid work. Employers can diversify their workforce, modernize dated onboarding procedures, and give employees more flexibility in their work schedules. But leaders need more than anecdotal evidence, and we’ll begin to see that data in 2022.
Keep in mind that results, not effort, are the true measure of your performance as you begin to compile your own hybrid data. The beginning of something new that requires effort can be unpleasant, but it can also be extremely beneficial for your health and well-being. Hybrid work is like that; it makes you unhappy despite the fact that it is beneficial to your company. When it comes to adapting to the road ahead, a hybrid vehicle puts you in the best position. The new disaster-preparation strategy is flexible work practices.
Time Out In The Current Talent Defense War
As companies struggle to fill job openings and employees continue to leave in droves, the talent conundrum will remain one of the biggest business narratives in the coming year. There will always be a point at which we can no longer go on like this. This could lead to a potential truce in the ongoing war for talent, in which workers and organizations realize that people are the only resources they have and that they need to thrive.
After my vacation was ruined by a bout of COVID, I found a way to turn it into a positive by moving my home base to Florida in order to improve my health. In the absence of certainty, I discovered how important it was for me to take care of my health. It is my hope that as you face the challenges of the future, you will keep sight of what is most important and take decisive action to make the most of whatever life and the pandemic throw our way in 2022. The ability to quickly adapt to any situation is perhaps the most important skill we all need right now.
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