June 24, 2020
June 24, 2020
The world economy is in turmoil because of the Coronavirus business impact. It has brought nearly every profitable company around the world to a standstill and there seems to be no escape from this misery.
One amazing factoid to take note is that not all of the companies went under because of mass organizational or development problems in the company’s work process. They weren’t beneficial because of the coronavirus’s psychological impact on the minds of the employees.
We have all seen a couple of hundred mentions, articles, or full-on documentaries about the coronavirus, how it came to be, and how dangerous it is for everyone. And there is no shame in admitting that it scared us to our very core.
This fear is not subsided pretty easily and if you have successfully got it out of your system, then kudos to you but the majority of the people still can’t cope with the psychological stress this pandemic has plagued us with.
In these trying times, there has never been a more critical need of good advice by our peers and elders, and a dire need of true leadership for our professional careers, that will boost our morale and make us stand tall in front of this pandemic and defeating it.
In this article, we are going to talk about leadership, what it can achieve and what are the 9 best tips you can use to boost the morale of your employees and help them cope with these dangerous and confusing times both in their personal and professional lives.
Here is a list of these 9 tips:
Let’s take a look at all of them in detail.
Whether it’s the professional life of the employees or their personal lives, the one thing they always have to remember is that with communication everything is possible. But not all communication or information is necessary.
For example, we as humans have a big tendency to blurt out information without verifying it first from a true source, and that in the time of the pandemic is a big problem to us as a community.
Why? Because whether we are spewing false information among our neighbors, friends, or colleagues, the result is the same and that is mass hysteria and confusion.
So, if you are in the position of influence over the mindsets of the people working under you, you should verify every little information you get about the pandemic or otherwise, from a true source, and then forward it along to the people.
This will make sure that they don’t get confused or afraid about something entirely false, and when you talk to them, they’ll feel better automatically because that communication establishes a bond between the employee and you, which makes them happy, content and revered.
If you want to perform a task or activity in your personal life or your professional life, you should always have a plan or some sort of pre-decided rituals that you need to perform to achieve the desired results.
If you are a manager in a big organization, then you need to make sure that you have a plan in mind and that the whole development team or depending on the project or activity to be performed, the whole company should be aware of the plan.
Why should you keep the employees in the loop? Well, when the employees are working in a huge organization, they always look up to the upper management. Their vision and tactics are very closely looked upon by the employees.
So, you as a manager should have your business activities planned and properly communicated to the employees so that they will respect your judgment going forward and with this chain of communication between you, they will feel revered.
It’s an unusual situation all over the world no matter what the scenario, no matter what the country, no matter what the company. Everyone is quite anxious about the roles they have to play in their personal and professional lives.
This anxiety comes from the constant need of attention many millennials have developed and also many of the baby boomers suffer from this as well. This is why if you are in a position where you can help the people get rid of this anxiety, you have to keep them reassured that they are doing things right.
Communication is all well and good but one other thing that the labor force of the 21st century wants is to have their employers be truthful with them about anything regarding their work processes and issues.
What issues? Well, in these times when the pandemic is wreaking havoc, many companies had to cut back on many things and even had to initiate major pay cuts.
These problems are stingy and quite hurtful for the employees, but they will be hurt even more if their employers decide to lie to them about these issues or keep information from them.
We may not know it yet, but the coronavirus’ business impact might be quite significant that most of the businesses all over the world have to start from scratch to gain any profits in the upcoming year.
But for those profits to happen, the managers and the stakeholders of the companies have to have a stronger and more optimistic approach when it comes to the future of the company after this pandemic is over.
Why? Well, all good leaders have an amazing tendency to form plans and strategies that will steer their company or any enterprise they are leading, out of danger, and they are confident enough that they share all of their ideas and strategies with their employees for them to understand the leader’ vision.
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We have largely seen in the organizational paradigm, that all of the successful companies have different values and rituals that they demonstrate for the world daily when people do business with them.
These businesses regularly communicate with their employees so that they can uphold the standards set by the company and then these employees talk to people who are in a very strong position in the market and reflect those values.
This reflection of values by the employees invites more and more businesses to maintain ties with the company and trust them enough that in the future both of the companies will benefit greatly.
These values are some basic but powerful traits like transparency, honesty, and teamwork, etc.
We have already talked about values, communication, and complete transparency when it comes to the leadership’s dealing among themselves, among them and the employees, and also reflecting these values via the employees in their business dealings in the market.
But we can’t stress it enough, that the leadership team has to have complete faith in their employees when it comes to clarity and aligning themselves with the workers, because both of the parties have to be on the same page if they want to bring value to the company.
To gain this level of clarity and transparency among the troops and the generals, they need to have different types of meetings and daily interactions that are designed to keep everyone informed, on the same page, and ready to work as a unit.
It doesn’t matter though, what the channels are, that the top management is using to convey information to the employees.
What matters is that they need to make it happen and as quickly as possible so that there are no scope creeps and issues when the team is going through the development process.
These are very dark and dangerous times all over the world. People are terrified of themselves, their families, and all of the people around them. This is why their leaders or elders of their communities have to up their game and be the voice of reason and calm in these times.
Help them how? Well, not everyone is financially stable that they can give charity whenever they can especially in the professional workplace, but what the managers can do is that they can motivate their employees.
If the company can pay extra wages or help their employees financially no matter how little, it will be greatly appreciated but if they can put in more time and effort into motivating their troops to lead better and positive lives in this pandemic, we will all emerge out of it victorious.
To motivate the employees, the managers need to first communicate with the employees individually and understand their issues so that they can empathize and take care of the issues for them whether they are financial or psychological issues.
One thing you should always keep in mind whether you are thinking about doing something in your personal life or you want to keep making profits from your business, and that is creativity and change.
The world is always changing and you can’t do anything but adapt to it, as we have seen in the pandemic all over the world. So, when this is the norm, you need to incorporate creativity into your professional dealings.
Whether you are an employee or a manager, you need to be creative and open to change so that the business can adapt and benefit even in a grave situation like the coronavirus.
We have many examples of this happening all over the world right now. For example, many perfume and lotion manufacturing companies are manufacturing hand sanitizers or shoemaking companies making advanced face masks, that are cheaper and more effective than surgical masks.
This is the type of creativity that your company needs to incorporate in itself so that it doesn’t go bankrupt and when the pandemic subsides eventually, the business can go as usual.
We all know that listening to the News or just turning on the tv nowadays is a mistake. Every channel, news outlet, and the magazine has the same thing about the coronavirus and it scares us so much that we should just roll over and die on the spot.
This is useless hysteria that is caused by the news and many other media outlets, and let’s face it, our generation has a LOT of those.
This is why you have to be the voice of reason for everyone around you and even for yourself because we are just as prone to be depressed as the next person.
So, if you are a person that other people look up to, you just have to keep calm and not give in to any pressure.
Any strategy for post coronavirus business workflow is not conclusive. On that note, whatever tips that we shared, they are not a means to an end. Feel free to improvise; especially if you are a project manager responsible for overlooking the majority of the workflow.
At the moment, things are unpredictable. No one knows how the pandemic will continue to affect the global business industry. It’s best to share your concerns with people in your community to formulate a strategy that everyone can reap from.
Moreover, your opinion matters to us! Feel free to drop a comment about how the coronavirus business plan is working for you.
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