Jun 01, 2020
Written by: Mark Hirschfeld, VP of Research and Strategy, BI WORLDWIDE
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When things are changing, here's how to keep business going and engage employees by focusing on teamwork and collaboration.Scroll Down
As companies everywhere decide what the future of work will look like for their teams, there will be a period of transition for employees as they adapt to the new normal, whether that's returning to an office space, working remotely permanently or a hybrid approach. And with any change or transition comes challenges for leaders. We need to get creative about how to keep our businesses going in spite of these challenges. New ideas and novel approaches will help us take care of our customers and get work done.
In 2010, Leigh Branham and I wrote a book called Re-Engage: How
America’s Best Places to Work Inspire Extra Effort in Extraordinary Times. Because we were still in recovery from the 2008 financial collapse, we offered advice on how to inspire and engage employees in “turbulent times”.
A decade ago some organizations were building effective teams and in doing so, were thriving. Those organizations rated far higher on this survey item: “My team collaborates, effectively leveraging individual strengths”. Current research reinforces that teamwork is crucial for employees in times of change: Those who report having a strong sense of teamwork in their job are twenty-two times more likely to be engaged at work than those who don’t.
In review of the advice on teamwork and collaboration we offered a decade ago, our recommendations still hold true, especially as organizations plan for the future. Here's how you can engage or re-engage employees as you work through transition:
Now more than ever we need to make sure our team members know we’re in this together and are working to create a collaborative work environment.