5 Things to Help Prepare for the "New Normal"

Everyone I speak to has at least one story about what they have learned during the pandemic. Some have learned how to unplug and read more, develop a new skill and spend quality time with their families. Others have taken the opportunity to pivot to a new facet of their business or in some cases, swivel to a completely new business.

What has the pandemic taught you? What is it that you have learned or done differently? Most importantly, how are you going to leverage it as we start to see the light at the end of the Covid tunnel?

Here are 5 things we need to think about to help us prepare for the new normal.

1. Keep your options open

Just as adjusting to working from home was an acute change, so also will be returning to the office. For many, the change will not come easily. Some employees will be hesitant and less than willing to come back in person. Be sure to keep your options open. How can your company be more flexible? Could you offer a hybrid system to help employees ease back into things?

A few of the clients and business owners I've spoken with have already decided to reduce their office space and just have a core crew in the office. Others have already made the leap and gone completely virtual. Whatever decision works best for your company, consider the impact on your people, which leads to my next point.

2. Focus on your people

More than half of those surveyed in North America plan to look for a new job in 2021, according to a new report. Separate research shows that a quarter of workers plan to quit their jobs outright once the COVID-19 pandemic subsides and recruiting efforts ramp up.

Better compensation and benefits (35%) and improved work/life balance (25%) are the top two reasons why employees would leave their current job, according to research commissioned by the Achievers Workforce Institute, the research arm of Achievers, an employee recognition software company in Toronto. The institute surveyed 2,000 employed adults in February, finding that 52% are looking for a new job, up from 35% a year earlier.