Thriving at work post-Covid-19 calls on employees to prioritise the skills and behaviours that will allow them to transform and meet the evolving needs of business. For decades, the focus has been on what business can do to engage, train and nurture their workforce. It is time for the workforce to step up, even more than they already have in 2020, to support businesses to thrive once more.
When businesses thrive, the economy grows, employment rates improve, communities are uplifted, and the economy can stabilise. Depending on the research you read, the direct job losses as a result of Covid-19 are anywhere from 3 million jobs lost and higher. As data is gathered, a clearer picture will likely show the final number to be significantly higher.
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What if, as an employee, you looked at your own commitment to thriving at work post Covid-19, not only as a nice to have for yourself, but as a necessity in order to better serve your family, your employer, your colleagues and the people of your country? Would this context give you the courage, determination and resolve to make it happen?
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The year of sacrifice
This has been a challenging year and now you are being called upon to deliver at an unprecedented rate, to work in environments not 100% equipped for the challenges, to juggle even more responsibilities and demands, to adjust and deal with change in every area of your life, to sacrifice and give up things you love and you have done all of this and more without any planning or preparation.
It could not have been easy, but through this challenging journey, you have proven to yourself that you are more capable and a lot stronger than you could ever have imagined; that you have the capacity to stretch and grow to meet the demands in your life and that you can achieve more than you may have given yourself credit for in the past. Grit, resilience and creativity have become your 2020 way of life.
Time to reflect
The time has come to look into the rear-view mirror and not only acknowledge the journey up to now, but, more importantly, to pause and prepare for the one ahead. The world has transformed, and business is evolving to meet the needs, constraints and opportunities. As an employee, stepping up to support business in this process will set you apart from others while preparing you for any opportunities or unforeseen challenges that may come your way.
As an employee, here are THE Top 5 Focus Areas For Thriving At Work (Now And) Post Covid-19:
- High Performance – Go above and beyond, stay up to date, deliver quality results on time.
- Mindset and Motivation – Be positive and contagious! Read, listen to audio books, spend time with positive people.
- Networking and Relationships – A powerful and engaged network will help you attract and unlock new opportunities.
- Technology – Get comfortable with and start to love technology, it is here to stay!
- Spiritual Connection – Connect to your true self and to a purpose much bigger than yourself.
You have proven to yourself that you are more capable and a lot stronger than you had ever imagined.
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About the author:
Usha Maharaj CA(SA) is an Executive and Leadership Coach in South Africa who went from small town trainee accountant to Director in a Big-4 audit firm. Her 16+ year corporate career had all of the highs and lows of a high performing workplace where she shattered setbacks, crushed challenges and conquered fears to enjoy a highly successful career. She now inspires ambitious individuals and executives to reach their own highest level of influence in corporate South Africa.
Find out more at www.ushamaharaj.com.