2021 has been a tough year for everyone. We have all had to undergo some big changes, including a new leadership style. Just like everything else, leaders in every industry have had to regroup and rethink what it means to be a leader in this new world. How do we get everyone involved? How do we make new employees feel welcome and part of our community?
Here are some ways leaders have evolved this year.
Getting People Involved
For many companies, this year has turned office life into a work-from-home environment. This change has created some struggles for many people within the workplace. Leaders have had to look at how they can keep employees engaged and involved with one another while working remotely. Many leaders have leaned into video calls, increasing employee check-ins, and have increased the amount of encouragement and feedback. By leaders and managers increasing their engagement with their teams, it has helped keep employees successful and on-task.
Creating Structure in a New Environment
Some employees have struggled with the transition to a work-from-home environment. It can be challenging to keep up with daily tasks and to stay focused in a non-office environment. Many leaders have created a process for their employees to help them stay on track. Great leaders also understand that many employees have had a lot going on in their homes this year outside of work. That’s why many leadership teams found it helpful to allow flexibility in their employee’s schedule that incorporates “down-time” periods so they can have a balanced structure while meeting deadlines.
More Importance on Belonging and Community
Belonging and community have always been imperative. This new work-life structure has made it become more important than ever for many. That’s why it has been crucial for leaders to develop team-building exercises and inclusive meetings to help everyone stay connected. This has been especially vital for onboarding new employees who have never had the chance to meet anyone in person.
Focusing on Employees Capabilities and Strong Points
In 2019, a LinkedIn report showed that 94% of employees would stay with a company longer if they invested in their ongoing learning. With staff’s eagerness to develop and grow, leaders have had to develop virtual educational settings. Organizations began implementing online or video chat meetings where teams were able to participate in coaching and learning events while having the opportunity to ask questions and engage with other employees.
How has your business and leadership team dealt with this new working environment? We’d love to hear from you!