How to align your organization when your staff is spread out

If you’re one of the many executives wondering how to align your organization in the new working environment, you’re not alone. Work has changed. COVID didn’t start the change, but there’s no doubt it accelerated it. Some companies have decided they will never go back to in-person work, others have said show up or you’re out, while still others are working in a hybrid environment.

Remote employees and virtual work are just a part of what “work” means now. It’s here. We know it. But how do we keep everyone on the same page? How do you align your organization when staff are spread out?

The first question we must ask ourselves is, “Were we really on the same page before remote work?” or did it just feel as though we ‘must be’ because we all worked in the same office or location?

The second question we must face is the argument over what we’re after exactly. Do we want work to be more productive or more effective? Which is more important? It’s like that line in the movie Moneyball where Brad Pitt’s character, Billy Beane, says, “I hate losing even more than I want to win…and there’s a difference.”

 

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