Building a Brighter Future: Leading in 2021

Here are five ways leaders can prepare their organizations and employees for a dramatically changed future, one that will be shaped by the direct and indirect effects of the pandemic.

Most of us were happy to see 2020 in our rearview mirror come January 1. But the fact is, the effects of 2020 — instability, economic shifts, and social and political disruptors — will remain with us for some time to come. Not only did 2020 bring with it a sea of change in terms of how we live and work, it shifted both personal and business priorities and goals.

Here are five ways leaders can prepare their organizations and employees for a dramatically changed future, one that will be shaped by the direct and indirect effects of the pandemic.

  1. Cyber-Proof Your Organization. Protecting your organization’s data should be a key priority in 2021.

  2. Support Employees. Reports indicate the vast majority of employees did not feel appreciated in 2020. Strive to increase appreciation and commit to keeping better work-life balance a priority. The health and well-being of your employees is directly reflected in the health and well-being of your organization.

  3. Embrace D&I. Diversity and inclusion focuses on valuing individuals for their uniqueness. Organizations that place value on differences in opinion, culture, and thought are more likely to see Increased innovation, increased profitability, more engaged employees, and higher customer satisfaction.

  4. Offer Flexible Work Arrangements. Leaders must decide how flexible their workplace will be in the future. With no “one-size-fits-all solution,” leaders now have the chance to reshape the world of work. Many are looking to hybrid models, with the understanding that flexibility will differ depending on the job function.

  5. Commit to Reskilling Workers. The pandemic accelerated the arrival of the future of work. While many changes will fall on individuals, leaders are also responsible for helping to reskill their own workforces. It only benefits the employee, but the company too.

2020 was a year like no other, but with the release of a vaccine, there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel. So now is the moment when leaders must prepare for the post-COVID-19 future.

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