With the need for a distributed workforce waning, Canadian professionals across industries are showing they expect the same flexibility in terms of when and where they work to continue post-pandemic. And employers that fail to deliver on the promise may push their employees to start looking elsewhere.
While organizations recognize a hybrid workforce is the way of the future – with many already taking steps to deploy new models – few are prepared to effectively implement and enforce it. Processes, technology and policies are one aspect, but having the appropriate leadership skills to bring these changes to life and enable new ways of working make it a completely different ball game.
The pandemic has pushed leaders to prioritize a whole new set of competencies to help create that enhanced and engaging experience employees have come to expect. Skills such as empathy, adaptability, connectivity and curiosity have climbed their way to the top as employees look to leaders to demonstrate greater transparency and understanding.
As the return to physical workspaces looms, this is a critical and transformational moment for collaboration among leaders to reimagine the future of work and develop the skill sets needed to deliver on planned objectives. But for today’s leaders to be fit for the future, there are a handful of considerations organizations must keep in mind.