Business leaders and Organizational Consultants have contemplated impending CHANGE for years. Change, based on unprecedented advances in Technology and Social Communication were visualized and brought to fruition through the perception of “…a new way of doing business”. “Change”, to this point, had been at the forefront of most organizational thinking procedures …largely being dealt with on the basis of how it affected an otherwise normal work routine.
The consequences of a Worldwide Health Epidemic have forced change in unprecedented ways …bringing about the immediate and total disruption of traditional and, in many cases, what were thought to be forward thinking organizational procedures.
By necessity and with extreme measures, employers, utilizing a hurried integration of IT support, have had to permit and expect full accountability of their employees to work outside the traditional work environment. (Many business organizations were embracing these procedures previous to the outbreak while others found it problematical at best).
Since the enactment of these, most necessary, practices and in most cases, employees have accepted full responsibility for their individual contributions to the organization with outstanding and positive consequences! Individuals who never contemplated work away from their assigned workplace, are finding a new “Middle Ground” between Work & Life. They have come to the realization that accountability to their individual responsibilities is no longer a factor from 8 to 5 but exist 24/7. Personal Life and its obligations can, and do, blend with Work obligations on a daily basis.
As a result, the element of expected trust if individuals, working on their own to the common good, is coming to fruition. Organizational leaders are rapidly discovering that individual productivity, based on timely input of responsible and accurate information to the organization, is much stronger authority than any mandate by management. And, that the natural “animacy” of these new business processes may tend to occur in a more accurate and timely manner than past expectations.
As this, most disruptive health occurrence winds down, it will be vital that business leaders NOT return to business-as-usual without first observing how this unparalleled experience has affected their perception of how they do business and the intimacy of their own business organization. They must thoughtfully and thoroughly understand that every aspect of business, their own, their clients and their competitors, has forever changed …bringing with it new challenges and vast opportunities in a positive and forward looking future.