Posted on 7/07/2020 by Jo Hodge
TPP want to take this opportunity to share some of the positive reflections and take-aways our clients and job-seekers have reported as the most popular reasons lockdown and working remotely full-time has been good for them. Understandably it has been the negative consequences to this pandemic that has been more commonly reported, but we thought it would be a welcome break reflecting on some positives from this situation that will hopefully continue once we move to the ‘new normal.’
1. They have realised they do want to work in an office (some of the time)
For the last few years, flexible working including working from home has been a top desired benefit. People have now been forced to work from home during a crisis, which you could argue is not the same as working from home on occasions, but for the majority of people they miss their work colleagues, being around people, being able to discuss problems and they want to get back into an office. However, the office will unlikely be the same as before and many will want to continue to have a balance between home and the office with a desire to continue more agile working.
2. Teams have come together unlike before
There is a real sense of teamwork and togetherness amongst teams (and organisations too.) People are looking to support one another from day to day chats, mentoring, regular zoom catch-ups and ensuring everyone is looking after their mental health and well-being.
Work colleagues have forged stronger personal relationships, that weren’t there previously, as colleagues have shared on a personal level, for example common anxieties and concerns etc and with many working from home it has given insight into their family lives.
3. New ideas have arisen
People have been forced to work differently, events that raise significant funds have been cancelled, regular donations cancelled, but innovative ways to raise vital funds, such as the 2.6 challenge, virtual quizzes and other virtual events have been organised.
Leaders have responded to innovation and the need to act quickly with improved and faster decision making.
4. They have learnt new skills
Many of these may not be of huge benefit to their work life, but people have had the time to learn a new skill or do more of what they enjoy, such as baking or yoga. Some people have taken advantage of the many free online courses, seminars, webinars or listening to podcasts that are now available to help enhance their skills that they can use in the workplace, such as social media courses.
5. It has reignited their passion
As non-profit organisations are now #NeededMoreThanEver, it has reminded people of how crucial services are and their purpose and how they are helping the cause. There is more empathy and appreciation for the wider non-profit public sector, which has all helped to increase motivation and drive resilient innovative workers. This has led to new innovative ideas, ways of working and solutions to current barriers that will hopefully continue as we go into a new normal.
6. They have time
We spend a lot of time rushing to and from, commuting, running errands. We now find ourselves without that, and for many people this extra time has allowed them to re-evaluate what is important to them (often surprised and different to what they may have thought that was before lockdown.) By using this time for enjoyment, self-care, learning, reading or just having time to relax, people are feeling more energised and ready to see what continues to be different as we phase back into work.