Team Effectiveness

Work Structures Post Covid 19 Reopening

With all of the talk about when and how to start reopening business in the news it is a good time to start thinking about what reopening might look like and planning for a different normal. Many things have changed in the past 3 months from how we interact, the safety of sharing spaces, to what do we do now?

Businesses need to think about office structure. Who is essential to come to the office and who is not and can work from home? How will you coordinate work differently? How do we spread people out so they have appropriate distancing? How do we reuse conference rooms and breakout rooms? How do we maintain sanitation? People touch everything from computers to phones, bathrooms, doors, kitchens, break rooms, printers and other shared machines. What about visitors to your office? How do you screen customers, venders, deliveries? What about human touch? many jobs require people to hand each other work materials, papers, office supplies, and touch people for procedures. What are the office rules on human to human touch?

Whatever your 2020 Strategic plan was prior to March, it is going to need to change and be redeveloped based on our current and future realities. This affects every individual, team, and Department in your organization. Teams will need to go back to their work charters and reestablish What, Why, and How. In this attached article “10 considerations for transitioning back to work in a post=covid-19 world” written 04/20/20 By Coleman, Ricker, and Still, the authors give some good considerations to think about.

By Brett Hodge

Brett A. Hodge is the president and chief consultant of Organizational Effectiveness Consulting Inc. for 28 years located in Bean Blossom, Indiana. Brett has been a Senior Consultant for IU Health as well as a Certified ICF Coach. Brett is an Adjunct Faculty member of the Executive Education Program in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University as well as Kelley School of Business Executive Education. Brett holds an undergraduate degree in social work as well as a master's degree in social work from Indiana University with an emphasis on human efficacy and group dynamics.

Brett has over 30 years of experience working in organizational development with emphasis on professional coaching, team development, managing high performance teams, strategic planning, skill development, and leadership development. Brett is also a Certified Facilitator of Covey 7 Habits of Highly Effective People training and the 4 Roles of Leadership process, Crucial Conversations, and is a Certified Prosci Change Management Practitioner.

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