Today's post comes to us from Workforce Institute board member, John Frehse, senior managing director at Ankura Consulting Group, LLC.
2020 will never be seen as the year when everything worked out. Distress is prevalent in our communities, our country, and our world. However, all is not lost. We can save 2020. At least we can save some of it from a workplace perspective. And to do that, we must empower the workforce like never before. We always say we care about empowering the workforce, but this time we have to act. This means trusting your people, understanding their challenges, clearly communicating the plan, and giving them the tools to get it done.
It means Workforce Agility.
As we move squarely into H2 2020, our clients are asking different questions, requiring different services, and looking to very quickly stabilize what has often become an unstable working environment. To do this, they don't just want results - they NEED results. And they need them immediately. Their goals haven't changed - they still want to be agile, save money, and drive performance, but the need to very quickly achieve those goals has. This new urgency for “instant agility” is a product of the pandemic. So, what do we collectively do? Here are three actions that seem obvious but are rarely well-executed by management teams.
We learn some of our best lessons through adversity and this time in our history is no different. Taking these three points to heart will help drive enterprise-wide success. To save as much as we can of this year we need to understand the urgency. We can't do it alone and will need to involve all levels of the organization. Listen to your people. Embrace the bad news. Capture the cost savings. And make the decisions to drive desired results as a team.
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