This has never happened in the history of our planet. In the past few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has rocked the world: making millions sick and killing hundreds of thousands. The virus must not be taken lightly, and neither are the lessons we will learn from this period of less frequent reflection.
For the happiest of us, it has drastically changed the reality of our daily routines. The people withdrew to their homes. There were no cars on the highways. Shopping slowed down. The social centers of activity came to a standstill. The sky turned bluer. Birds got louder, or at least we stopped noticing their songs. People discovered small miracles in their neighborhood. Technology has connected many of us. Some kept working when they discovered the untapped potential of “WFH”, while many lost their jobs or had their pay slashed.
In the midst of this global tragedy, this reset has also given us the opportunity to reset our frame of reference. A reason to rethink what was always “normal”. With many countries returning to the office, it is an opportunity to ask yourself: what do we really value? A couple of thoughts from my point of view:
– The need to be together. We are social beings and we long for real connections.
– The ability to choose – imagine working from anywhere
– A focus on health and safety and our company’s protection promise.
– The invitation to be real. Not our workforce or our home personality, but both.
– A focus on what really matters, for companies, for communities, for individuals.
We have a rare opportunity to learn lessons from The Great Reset when we return to the office. As we redefine our approach to work and life, we begin to create a new, long-term vision of a balanced life that is safe, healthy, and connected and happy: a new model of a mixed “worklife”.
These five core work-life values can help us manage our return to the office:
Yes, it’s true that boomers zoom in just like everyone else, but don’t we all miss looking people in the eye and appreciating the energy and creativity that comes from being in a room together? How can we recognize the need for an actual connection while respecting safe distancing practices?
With more options to work with when, Where and How We want this newfound freedom to become an integral part of work in the future. Will we embrace the idea of focused work at home and collaboration in the office?
Vitality and wellbeing
Undoubtedly, for a year we will focus on making the office a sanitary and socially distant space. But a healthy work environment must also be a place mentally Well-being where people feel safe: transition from fear to calm, from alienation to responsible connection. Can we evolve our office environment beyond the simple redevelopment of rooms to be places that encourage positive psychology too?
We have discovered a new page for our employees, be it just a look at their bookshelves as a backdrop or a trial run to be their own hairdresser. People bring their authentic selves to work and for many of us it has been lovely. How can we bring this wonderful insight back into our work in a way that encompasses the same level of authenticity in the office?
As in any crisis, the pandemic sheds light on both our personal values and corporate values. Many companies face the balance between economic challenges and the well-being of their employees. Many will struggle with difficult decisions, but this reset is a time for transparency and clear communication. A time to let everyone know what’s really important to them. Shouldn’t employees be able to see a company’s values in action, especially in times of crisis?
It has been said that “the trauma of the pandemic has shown us things that are not invisible.” Death, suffering and inequality are all around us. But we also saw heroism, creativity, and insight – an invitation to innovation in all aspects of our lives. May we use this big reset to confirm what we value, both in our personal life and in our work life, as they merge together in new ways.