Opportunities for permanent change are rare.
It’s important not to waste them when they do arise for this reason.
“The biggest barriers to change are a combination of economy and conflicting desire, as opposed to need.“
The biggest barriers to change are a combination of economy and conflicting desire, as opposed to need.
Lockdown and the current notion of bringing it to an end provides an example of the rare opportunity meeting the barriers.
Companies have adapted well, with homeworking – resisted for years – becoming the norm. The business world has adapted too.Moving away from the culture of coffee tourism and water-cooler gossip without breaking stride.
Employees have benefited too, with commuting time and costs eliminated – bringing with it environmental benefits and driving a shift in the way days are organised and how and where income is spent.
But for some staff comfort is creeping in, manifesting as a desire to return to the office and the social side of employment. This actually highlights a need for developing human relationships outside of work and speaks more about the structure of our society than anything else.
Some cite reduced “productivity,” though this is an issue of personal discipline and a lack of learned skill – homeworking is something which you have to become proficient in through experience. It is a matter professional and personal development.
Many are proposing a 2 day office and three 3 day at home working week as the change they desire.
And this is the reason why the barriers will hold and change will be prevented.
First, to make change happen you have to commit to it. Not half of it, or a bit of it. Where there’s hesitation, change can’t happen because it cannot be fully justified.
Second, no business is going to accept an economic model which requires the maintenance of office space and homeworking facilities in tandem. So the choice will be a return to form.
This brings with it the physical risks of managing the pandemic in the workplace, a further drain on economic resources which will force companies to commit to office expenditure and subsequently drive decisions over the medium to long term, not just the immediate future.
For employees, this means a return to public transport, herd-led free time, peak traffic, busy shopping trips at weekends. A return to bad old habits.
“Change is not supposed to be easy. There are no half measures.“
Change is not supposed to be easy. There are no half measures.
Which is why you only rarely get chances to do it.
The consequence of hesitation is that the barriers will hold.
So, be bold. Embrace change’s rare opportunity.
Face up to the barriers to doing things differently. Address defects in your social structures. Confront risks and mitigate them. Do not hide or shirk.
Otherwise, it’s back to the grind and all of the consequences which come with it.
Drive. Positive. Change.
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