Adaptability, flexibility and agility — these 3 key success factors have skyrocketed in significance as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. While these aspects have always been imperative in the growth and success of a company, but the pandemic presented an uncomfortable wake-up call for many business who were suddenly faced with the reality that they weren't as agile or adaptable as they had believed.
How COVID-19 has affected the way we work
The onset of COVID-19 — with its lockdowns and high rates of staff illness — propelled organisations into unpredictability and turbulence.
Below, Agilyx Group’s CEO, John Cataranich, gives his insight as to how COVID-19 has impacted business workflows.
“A lot has changed… it's certainly the most most relentless period of change… it’s affected everyone."
As John notes, we are all experiencing a unique era of redefining the way we work.
Business standards and norms have been thrown on their head. The traditional work pattern of spending five days at the office was no longer an option in the early days, and many employees who now have the choice of returning full-time to the office may prefer (or feel safer) working from home instead.
The importance of being change-ready
Working from home came with its own set of teething problems.
The lockdowns revealed the major disparity between companies who had invested in software that allowed for a seamless transition from office to home and the companies who were still using outdated, on-premise systems.
One of the best ways companies can be ready for these sorts of disruptions is by implementing a cloud, software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution.
Listen below to FinancialForce’s Stewart Monk discussing the difference between traditional and cloud-based solutions.
But how I do bring people on board?
For many staff, leaving behind old processes for new ones can be daunting and can involve a steep learning curve. Getting buy-in from key stakeholders and influencers within your business is imperative — these are the people others follow, and having them championing your new ideas can help convince those who are less comfortable with change.
Communication can be a powerful tool. Paul Marray suggests setting a vision of what your company aspires to achieve and using that to create a story that engages your teams.
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