In a post-Covid-19 World resilient and adaptable teams are key to survival
14th April 2020
Resilience and adaptability are key traits for survival. When Charles Darwin said “survival of the fittest,” he didn’t mean the biggest, quickest, strongest or the smartest; he was referring to those that were capable of adapting to their conditions.
Now more than ever this principle is true in business; the most resilient and adaptable firms will survive in a post Covid-19 landscape.
The most successful firms won’t just weather the storm of this extreme situation; they will adapt to meet the challenge and even improve what they have been doing.
With remote working now part of our lives we need to be aware of something called ‘Drift management’ or paying close attention to your business environment but also the physical and mental wellbeing of team members, and keeping an eye out for any changes. In business, drift includes things such as market changes, team member health, individual or group workloads. Managing these drifts may mean reallocating the burden to help a struggling team member recover or repositioning a team’s efforts to improve your services to clients .
Another term to get to grips with is ‘Meaning management’. This is, in a nutshell about the team spirit and common goals in the face of adversity. Post Covid-19, successful firms will have to have a culture that has faith in the team’s skills and goals.
Adaptability above everything else is being flexible and maintaining a positive attitude. Remaining positive to maintain control over your own work environment, understand your feelings and how to harness them is vital. Business owners and team leaders must have a clear understanding of how your own behaviour impacts on others.
We are all massively stressed at the moment, but now, probably more than ever, we need a work/life balance. Technology allows us to have constant access to work and to work remotely, so there is a need to work even harder to find balance. To remain resilient, there must be balance.
We all now accept technology has changed the way we communicate socially, and with each other at work – both for better and for worse.
This period of remote working has emphasised this as we are all working with colleagues far away. We are now heavily reliant on technology. Email is pretty well our collective lifeline, and almost overnight we are all now using digital collaboration tools.
This collaborative approach would have been impossible five years ago, and is a sign that the millennial impact on working culture shows a powerful entrepreneurial spirit. The combination of remote working and business pressures need to be balanced out for an individuals well being as well as company resilience.
We are fortunate at NG that our culture has produced adaptable teams which are great at creative thinking. This has encouraged them to develop different ways of completing tasks, making them inherently more flexible and resilient.
This ability to adapt to the changing priorities in our business is a skill we value as highly as any technical skills needed to do the job. Adaptability is now part of our DNA. People learn to be adaptable through experience and that comes from a culture that encourages change. It’s my role as MD to make sure that our teams know that they have permission to be agile and make decisions that are right for our clients in response to any changes.