No More Business at Usual: How Leaders Can Benefit from the Changing Work Landscape
As businesses pivot and find their footing in a “post-pandemic” world, leaders can benefit and even thrive in the changing work landscape.
The pandemic forced businesses to shift to remote work — quickly and, in most cases, without an emergency game plan. Even though many companies voiced strong opposition to these changes pre-pandemic, we have seen how businesses got creative, allowed for greater flexibility and adapted for success.
Now, halfway through 2021, we are looking ahead to what’s been dubbed the “next normal.” The work landscape has changed, teams have found new modes of collaboration, processes continue to evolve and new technologies emerge frequently. As a business leader, this is a time of both risk and reward. New challenges are on the horizon, along with new opportunities.
So, how can leaders navigate this new work landscape successfully? How can you reduce the risks and improve project outcomes? We’re taking a look at how leaders can benefit and perhaps shape the next normal.
Resist the Status Quo
How often does a business do something simply because that’s the way it’s always been done? Shaking up the status quo means asking questions, getting a new perspective on an old process and looking at problems from a new angle. As a leader, you can encourage curiosity and inspire creativity. The pandemic showed us that agility is a strength. It also showed us that a team that is open to change, receptive to diverse ideas and insights, and thinks outside the box is more likely to succeed.
Plan for Flexibility
What if you could plan for change — without losing valuable time or productivity? Taking time to test various scenarios and develop contingency plans gives your team the tools they need to excel in a changing or tumultuous environment. This can take many forms, such as what-if analysis or modeling various outcomes using predictive technologies like SimVision.
Building flexibility into your project team gives you an upper hand in the face of change or transition. Instead of being thrown off course, you will have a tested roadmap to help you navigate rocky terrain.
Harness Digital Productivity
While technology has played an important role in the work landscape for decades, digital transformation evolved at a breakneck pace during 2020. “We’ve seen two years’ worth of digital transformation in two months,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in April 2020, noting the range of applications from remote teamwork and learning to cloud infrastructure and security. Productivity is also on the rise as part of the digital transformation, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting productivity up 4.1% from the first quarter of 2020 to the first quarter of 2021. For leaders, this signals opportunities to tap into digital tools, from integrated project management software to simulation modeling tools.
For leaders, this is a time of unprecedented change and opportunity. There is a wealth of resources available — and qualified teams of advisors, like ePM, to help you implement the right ones to lead your team to success. We’re here to help you navigate the next normal with confidence and agility. Contact us to get expert advice on making the most of the changing work landscape.