The COVID 19 Event Will End, Are You Planning For The New Normal?
- Apr 16, 2020 3:34 pm GMT
This morning the water was shut off in our neighborhood so some new homes across the street could be hooked up. The old power plant operator in me kicked in. Knowing what was going on, I shut off the main water valve to our home before they started. Then, when they were done, I found myself slowly cracking the valve open and slowly letting water system in my home refill. This kept pipes and fixtures from banging and being damaged.
Many executives and managers are dealing with a similar situation. The day-to-day flow has been interrupted. Have you given any thought to getting the flow going again when the economy opens up and you can go back to work? How do you do that without rushing in and creating chaos? If there is not a good plan in place, the transition back to work could be rough.
Many of develop and execute on a 30-60-90 plan when we take on new roles in organizations. Perhaps this is a good time to take stock of what needs to be done when work really gets going again. I would suggest a modified 30-60-90 day plan would be appropriate and in the end will provide a smooth glide path to normalizing your organization.
There are many things to consider, but here are some things directly related to our circumstances to think about when developing your plan.
1. What have you learned about yourself, your team and your business during this event?
2. What processes that are part of “we always do things this way” can be jettisoned?
3. What new processes where discovered during this event and can those be utilized to make your organization even better coming out of this? How do you implement them?
4. What will your team look like coming back? Will some be delayed due to illness in their homes? Did some leave for another position? How will you back-fill?
5. How do you reengage with customers and stakeholders? Is there something that changed in their operations that you need to be aware of?
As I said there are many more elements to think about, this is just a primer.
Just as I was trying to ease the water back into my home this morning, so we all should consider how to ease back into our respective work practices and make sure we don’t rush in and do damage. We should take advantage of what we just went through and take a step closer to excellence.
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