Our current business climate – how and where we do business – has not recovered, as evidenced by the number of empty office buildings and the number of companies extending work-from-home mandates, some through the end of 2021. A few companies are suggesting that work-from-home arrangements for back-office functions may become permanent.
McKinsey & Co reported that 90 percent of the executives surveyed believe “the Covid-19 crisis will fundamentally shift how they do business for five years.”
While all of us are anxious for a return to normal, even a new normal, the likelihood of that happening any time soon is not particularly realistic. Many infectious disease physicians say we can expect to have some restrictions on social distancing at least through the fourth quarter of 2021, depending on the effectiveness of whichever vaccine is approved.
There are some obvious career management implications and incorporating those into your strategy – for advancement or just survival – will be vital.
To be successful, executives and managers must master two crucial soft skills:
Not everyone is good at managing their time or understanding the importance of specific projects over others. Working in an office provides the necessary structure for many workers to be successful. Working from home can exacerbate that weakness. The important thing here is to recognize that challenge and act.
Here are four steps you can take to ensure your work-from-home performance does not slip.
Note: I use the AmazonBasics Soft Cover Journal. It is a best buy, cost-wise, and its flexible layout seems to play the nicest in the sandbox with my brain!
There are other fine planners that I have tried in the past: Full Focus as well as Self Journal (No, I do not have an interest!). Neither fully aligned with how I tend to work.
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