Take a quick tour of LinkedIn and you will see many well-intentioned leaders and companies proudly showing off their “welcome back” packages and sharing their plans for helping employees “re-adjust to coming back to work.”
As a recent participant of a Fundamentals of Business Leadership simulation workshop shared during a discussion of best leadership practices, “What the [expletive deleted] is wrong with these people? Back to work? What do they think we’ve been doing for the past 16 months? They are treating us like we are summer campers and it’s insulting.”
This awkward idea of “welcoming employees back to work” has been one of the most startling and surprising parts of the pandemic and it’s a step backward for good leadership best practices. I am currently in the process of writing a portfolio of micro-simulation leadership scenarios for a lead client and they wholeheartedly agree that we need to make sure that leaders have the right skills and tools to help the transition to a hybrid work environment and stay focused on the most important thing: business results.
Based on our initial research and work with leading clients, I am happy to share the top three best practices that leaders should be utilizing in the new hybrid environment and none of them includes the words, “welcome back to work.”Read More >