1. Turnover Tsunami
Johnny Taylor, CEO of Society for Human Resource Managers says that 30% annual turnover could be the new normal. Let’s help you have the lowest number possible via 3 top tips:
The net-net is by creating a culture of growth, appreciation, measurement (so we know how to succeed), engagement, transparency, equality plus a little adventure you’ll be able to keep your rock stars. But you’ll have to work at it…
2. Mental Health Struggles
It’s tough out there in the world. And the massive fear, uncertainty and doubt around Covid-19 isn’t going to end anytime soon. So let’s uplevel our awareness and acceptance of mental health struggles. Thanks to Simone Biles for recently helping us remember this.
The net-net: Think of the 5 stages of grief: depression, anger, denial, bargaining, acceptance. Most of us are going through these as a result of our own unique experience of the pandemic. When a person is in the thick of trauma, they’re just trying to keep it together (aka 2020). Once the most challenging part is behind them, existential grieving, stress, anger can well up. Have you noticed more aggressive drivers on the road lately? I’ll wager this is why.
3. Communication and Collaboration Challenges
With work from home. Hybrid work, in-office workers, my clients are noticing more communication breakdowns than usual. These often result in reduced collaboration, which can generate more stress.
The new most prevalent communication disconnects we’re seeing – let’s look at the positive here. Note how many of these are true for your core team (if they’re not true, therein lies the problem!):
Communication in tricky times – In tricky times when people are in either high threat perception or super sensitive (like now, and the since March 2020!) we need to be more gentle and other-aware in our communication. This infographic explains it all!
Distorted thinking on the rise with WFH – Another phenomena I’m seeing is distortions in thinking and assumptions. Check out this table and note what’s showing up in your team.
The net-net is communication and collaboration will break down if we aren’t explicit in our communication. don’t carefully navigate tricky topics, emotional sensitivity, people that are different from us, as these and many more land mines await us!
4. Bias Toward In-Office Employees
I hate to say it, but it’s here. There is bias that benefits in-office employees. No one can mitigate bias alone. It takes an entire group using a common language around bias to help individuals make smarter decisions.
The net-net is that workers are going to be distributed for the long term. While some may be called into the office sometimes, or even required to be there full time, remote work is here to stay. So all leaders must adapt!
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