The Great Resignation has taken its toll on companies, both small and large. Few leaders were prepared for the fallout and are still trying to catch their breath. Just when company leadership thinks they have it all figured out, they are thrown another curveball.
But this is good news for job seekers. Finally, many employers are not just giving lip service to improving the culture and building and including truly diverse teams. They realize the dissatisfaction and lack of support for family flextime has to change.
The pandemic gave women more time to reflect on our lives and how our career fits into it. With the time to do some soul searching, you may be ready to make the move to find meaningful work. Or you may have people working for you who are ready to make this move.
It’s all about commitment. Getting others to commit to you, the team, the organization. This starts with your own commitment. If you’re not feeling it, it’s time to find a future you can commit to.
Lead by Example
Often, women leaders find themselves giving in to avoid conflict. Now is not the time to go with the flow. With all that is going on in the world of work, that’s a good way to get left behind.
By speaking up to your boss and advocating for your team and your ideas, you are setting an example for other women you supervise and keeping your own self esteem from being eroded.
The key is to be consistent and persistent with your requests, not whining. Practice making requests and not complaints. And then stick to your guns. Change takes time. You may have to repeat yourself and promote your ideas more than once.
If you are feeling dissatisfied that you aren’t being heard, it’s likely your team is as well. If you recognize your team’s contributions, become intentional about connecting and nurture a commitment-based culture in your organization, you will thrive in any scenario—pandemic or not.
Hire (and fire) with Intention
Despite your best efforts, you’ve likely lost or will lose some key team members. This is a great opportunity for you to sharpen your hiring skills and reenergize the workplace dynamic with people who can be a genuine culture-add for the organization. Fill your empty seats with passionate people ready and willing to honor your vision.
“You can have the best strategy and the best building in the world, but if you don’t have the hearts and minds of the people who work with you, none of it comes to life.”— Renee West
Don’t be afraid to let people go. If you have a team member that isn’t pulling their weight, or is toxic to the team, it doesn’t serve you or them to keep them in the wrong job.
You’ve probably heard from your team, “I can’t wait for things to return to normal.” The best thing you can do is help them accept that this is the new normal. Help them adjust to the changes and don’t be put off by their complaints. It is normal for people to complain when they go through the initial stress of a change. It is part of the adjustment process.
So let’s move onward. Focus on understanding your team’s needs, use your awesome leadership skills, hire the rockstars, fire the worst and stop thinking “normal” is coming back. You’ve got this!