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Well, what a challenging year this is turning out to be. We’re not even halfway through and have already experienced more change and upheaval than we ever could have predicted, and the changes aren’t stopping or slowing down just yet. No doubt your organisation, like ours, had to make the unprecedented change of catapulting all employees into remote work, almost overnight. No matter where we...

  Covid-19 is unlike anything that we’ve seen in recent history. It has dramatically changed our day-to-day lives and the way in which we work, meaning organisations and professionals have had to adapt to this new world rapidly and take on new challenges. One issue, a prolonged period of isolation could create, is the negative impact on people’s mental wellbeing. So, what can we learn...

When it comes to managing our teams, the coronavirus pandemic has brought a whole host of unique challenges and obstacles we couldn’t have predicted. The priority for all of us is to ensure the health and safety of our people. But, how do we as managers and leaders, when faced with extended periods of lockdown and into the new era of work that will include increased remote working, help...

The world of work is moving into a new era. As the lockdown lifts, we’ll in all likelihood find ourselves in a ‘hybrid’ phase for a long time, where social distancing rules still apply, but organisations will be keen to get staff back into the workplace. This will result in an agile style of working in which employees will be dividing their time between remote and on-site working. Temporary...

To say that 2020 hasn’t exactly got off to the best start for many of us would be the understatement of the century. Here in Australia, we were only just beginning to start the recovery from the devastating bushfires that wreaked havoc across the country, impacting massively on lives, businesses and wildlife. This wasn’t just happening in Australia, many other parts of the world have also had...

With many of us now having become accustomed to ‘lockdown-life’ and working remotely, the big challenge facing organisations will be how to manage the evolution of working practices as social distancing measures are gradually eased. This ‘new era’ of work is unlikely to immediately constitute a complete transition back to life as we knew it before, with many teams likely to be working to...

Our lives will never be the same again. I don’t think that’s an exaggeration, it’s a fact. COVID-19 has already, in a matter of just a few weeks, completely changed our world. If you take a step back and really think about the magnitude and speed of what’s happening around us, it’s remarkable – we probably won’t experience anything like it again in our lifetimes. It feels like a line has...

A key role for leaders is to engage and motivate their team – but how? And how can you do it when everything is so uncertain and different? To help us to find the answers, it’s useful to look at some of the main elements of engagement and motivation. There are numerous engagement theories and models our there – in fact, the ‘Engaging for Success’ report of 2009, estimated that...

There is much we don’t know about what the world will look like once we emerge from the coronavirus crisis, nor exactly when this will be. What we do know is that we are now entering a new era of work, one that most likely involves hybrid ways of working and managing teams. With this comes a renewed focus by employers on certain technical and soft skills. Here are four skills that are in...

As we move to a new era of work, many managers will need to coordinate ‘hybrid’ teams working on different schedules – with some working different set hours and others working remotely. Taking a new scheduling approach will be key to navigating this change. With this in mind, here are five things to keep in mind when creating a new schedule to manage your teams effectively, no matter where...

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