The world is now slowly seeing the back of the worst of the pandemic. Almost every aspect of life has started coming back on track. And there can’t be any better news for businesses than this. Many companies have reopened, while others plan to do so in the next few months. And the best part is that organizations can return to how they used to function before the pandemic. Many organizations are still content with allowing their employees to work remotely. However, those who will come back to the office after such a long hiatus will have to again return to the face-to-face mode of communication. Managers will have to work on their leadership skills to tackle the challenges that may become apparent when they return to the office.
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It would be an understatement to conclude that the pandemic changed the workplace and how people used to work earlier. Remote working, though effective, has its challenges. And the worst affected by these challenges is the project management department of an organization. However, technology also saw rapid development to help every organization, especially their project management field, deal with all the challenges. To make the transition from office to remote workplace easier and faster, teams had access to cloud organizations and other tools. Most of the leaders in the project management field still want to return to the office at the earliest to function at their best. So, what would these leaders need to do to make their return to office as fruitful as possible?
Whether organizations choose to work remotely or go the hybrid way, the key to success is staying digital. And there are still many employees who would prefer to work remotely even as organizations are planning a return to the office sooner rather than later. And organizations that are planning to take away this benefit after the pandemic are going to have issues in retaining their employees. That makes it very important for managers to continue brushing up their leadership skills concerned with digital communication. Digital tools like Asana can help project managers to increase flexibility and accessibility within their teams.
One of the most critical leadership skills that managers need to work on to prepare for the return to office is to learn along with their team members. What this does is help them make their teams more knowledgeable and, at the same time, build rapport with each team member. One of the positives of the pandemic for organizations was that it made teams learn digital capabilities faster than they would have in an ordinary world. If organizations are planning to go hybrid in the future, in that case, project managers have access to screen sharing and digital communication platforms, such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams, to make the learning process easier.
Reference: Brushing Up on Your Leadership Skills for the Post-Pandemic Workplace | Talent Culture | Sarah Daren | December 7, 2021
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