No one has an answer on when it is safe to go back to working in an office, but it also shouldn’t be our focus.
The tone at the top should be, “If we’re all united in why we choose to work and show up, we’re results-oriented, we hold each other accountable – that’s what matters.”
Today’s video calls force us to be more deliberate in our interactions with people. Leaders are hosting more 1-on-1 meetings, more team meetings, and emphasizing the need for employees to reach out to one another. Before the pandemic, only a small percentage of companies allowed work-from-home policies and now nearly everyone is doing it and proving it works.
Both Brown and Enstrom believe companies will be open to continued working from home moving forward. Leaders and department heads need to recognize the landscape has changed and need to embrace this evolution.
“There should not be concern about negative impact on the culture of your company or team because of this work from home environment. In fact, this is an opportunity for you to strengthen and elevate the importance of your team,” advises Enstrom.
Conduct an exercise that creates a ‘team-culture’ statement to define why team members should show up every day. Cboe describes their focus of learning, trust, and support as existing concepts that have become amplified in today’s environment:
- Lifelong learning. Expose yourself to new ideas and new concepts. That is fundamental to success right now in an ever-changing environment.
- Create a culture of trust. Right now, your employer has to trust you. In the future, trust as a concept of teamwork will increase and management will be forced to recognize that.
- Helping. Use your role as an internal auditor to support your organization however needed. This helps maintain morale and keeps teams engaged to get the work done.