October 27, 2020
by John O. Burdett
The COVID-19 crisis? One organisation change, in particular, has been pervasive – millions of workers, in all parts of the world, have been forced to work remotely.
A fast-acting, cultural accelerant
Change rarely follows a smooth, uninterrupted, linear path. It is far more likely to be a relatively short period of frantic activity, followed by an extended phase of catch up, consolidation and commitment building.
The COVID-19 crisis? Think about it as a fast-acting, cultural accelerant. Changes that, in other circumstances, would have evolved over several years have been enacted in a matter of weeks. One organisation change, in particular, has been pervasive – millions of workers, in all parts of the world, have been forced to work remotely.
“Virtual employment” has been embraced enthusiastically by some. Others have found it to be an unwanted intrusion into their lives. What can be said for sure is that things will never return to the way they were.
The COVID-19 crisis has changed, indelibly, our assumptions about leadership, the nature of work and what it means to be an employee, the hiring process and business travel/training. It has also shaken the very pillars of the so-called “modern organisation.”
When large numbers of employees are asked to work remotely we are redefining both the organisation’s culture and what it means to be an organisation. And the rest of the story?
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John O. Burdett is founder of Orxestra® Inc. He has extensive international experience as a senior executive. As a consultant he has worked in more than 40 countries for organisations that are household names. John has worked on organisation culture for some of the world's largest organisations. His ongoing partnership with TRANSEARCH International means that his thought leading intellectual property, in any one year, supports talent management in many hundreds of organisations around the world. Get in touch with John O. Burdett »