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Workforce Changes and Navigating Differences

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While many people wait for things to get back to normal some are already preparing for a different tomorrow. What is your forecast for workforce changes?

Things are going to be different. At least for a long time. Likely things will be different until you’ve adapted to the new normal. What will be normal?

Normal State

People are talking about the handshake, increased real estate needs, decreased real estate needs, and the most popular phrase, “social distancing.”

There are aspects of many occupations that are hard to visualize for the six feet rule. In many manufacturing environments, restaurants (kitchens), and many of the construction trades. Anywhere people are helping people physically get the job done.

While there are hundreds or perhaps thousands of occupations that once held normal as working close together, things will likely change.

In what is believed to be the interim for many white-collar occupations, people are working from home.

Don’t be shocked that many businesses who are currently adopting this new way of working will continue with it after the pandemic. Office spaces will change, business meetings will change, and conferences and conventions will most likely change.

We can imagine the sporting events, where everyone is sandwiched together like sardines in a can. What will they look like? Thousands of masked of faces? Stadiums or performance centers only one-third full because of the rules?

Workforce Changes

There is a simple truth for navigating the new workforce. Everyone who participated during or before 2019, is in for a change. The truth is, there will be a new normal.

Like nearly everything in life, there will be front runners, ground breakers, and leaders. There will also be followers, doubters, and those who fail to get on board.

Perhaps the most important aspect of what is happening now is to figure out how you’ll overcome the adversity and spring into action. Will you commit to change and be part of the construction of the new normal?

Somethings will never be the same.

Normal is always the current state of what works.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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Social Distancing and Motivation for Working Alone

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Suddenly, you’re working from home, or working in a more isolated environment. Social distancing is one of the talking points of the day. Has it impacted you?

Office staff can work from home.

We’re rearranging working arrangements on premises, everyone must spread out.

Employees required to report on premises should attempt to stay at least six feet apart.

How are you navigating?

It is certainly a different World at the moment.

Solitude

Some people may be saying, “Finally, I can get some work done without interruptions.”

That may seem pretty special. Even inviting, for a few days. However, eventually the solitude starts to set in.

It’s the little conversations you miss. The people, the interactions, and especially the drive and motivation to roll up your sleeves and dig in.

We’re lucky we have technology. Right now, there is an opportunity for technology to really shine.

Have you considered the possibilities?

Social Distancing

Jump into some social possibilities. Launch a Skype call, a Google Hangout, or work groups through Zoom.

Are you concerned about managing a remote staff?

There are some interesting differences and some clever ways to bring a new twist to being a supervisor. If you need some help, I’ve launched a 90-minute webinar happening on March 26, 2020.

Don’t sit on your hands. Take some moments to collect your thoughts.

Establish a plan, schedule an on-line meeting, have periodic check-ins, and talk about your game plan for the next hour or two. Circle back and compare notes. See who accomplished the most or who is getting left behind. Help each other.

It is amazing what we can do together.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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Workplace Work Space What Matters Most

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Has your workplace work space been disrupted? Many have just experienced a big shock with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some believe it is what they’ve always dreamed of (social distancing) and others believe it is the beginning of the end.

Working from Home

Work from home. That’s the dream many people believe.

It might seem appealing. Dress in your pajama’s, sip on some coffee, look out the window and turn on the television. However, real work needs to get done or your appealing lap of luxury will come to an end quickly.

While the idea of social distancing and even solitude may seem appealing, for most that only lasts a few days. Then the idea of not communicating and interacting with fellow employees seems a bit problematic or even uncomfortable.

Workplace Work Space

What matters most for your work space?

Is it the plant on the window seal? The lighting, not too bright, but just enough? Does it have something to do with your chair, desk, or a standing workstation?

You can create an environment that physically represents the best you can do with what you have.

Don’t forget though, that how you will interact with others is going to ultimately matter. In fact, it may matter the most.

Social distancing doesn’t have to mean anti-social. In fact, the stimulation of people working together for a common cause can create a lot of energy.

What matters most may not be something you’ve dreamed about for many years. It may be something you’ve taken for granted all along.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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