RETHINK – Leadership – Staff Working at Home

Now more than ever government contracting businesses need to show leadership, and guide our staff through these difficult times. The turmoil, disruption and confusing messages caused by the Coronavirus has taken a toll on our staff. Leaders need to step up and create a sense of comfort, hope, focus and determination within our staff.

The synergy your staff developed is being challenged as they adjust to a distributed work model and the daily stress caused by the virus. Begin today supporting your staff by clarifying their purpose, defining and prioritizing projects and improving communications. This is an iterative process and requires your focus, ongoing review, redesign and adjustment. Reestablish staff purpose.  Everyone needs a purpose to drive and motive us, and to build the character that makes us who we are.  We develop our individual purpose with the tasks (projects) we work on; and our understanding of their importance to the organization (communications). Substantial changes in our life create stress and reduces the confidence we have in our purpose. Reestablish your staff’s purpose by prioritizing their projects, communicating your plan and continually review their progress.  

Reestablish staff purpose. Everyone needs a purpose to drive and motive us, and to build the character that makes us who we are. We develop our individual purpose with the tasks or projects we work on; and our understanding of their importance to the organization (communications). Substantial changes in our life create stress and reduces the confidence we have in our purpose. Reestablish your staff’s purpose by prioritizing their projects, communicating your plan and continually review their progress. 

Redefine staff projects.  Most staff have a clear understanding of their roles, their responsibilities and the contribution they make to the organization.  However, as your staff is redirected to work from home or their work is now limited in scope, their importance may no longer be clear. Help staff understand the significance to the organization of their role and fill staff utilization gaps with internal projects.  Kick start those internal projects that have been pushed back for years, or focus on CMMC requirements.  Complete these projects to position your company to be more efficient and recognize the importance of our staff.

Reconnect with staff.  Establish communication with your staff, based upon their individual needs.  You understand the staff members who need to connect with others throughout the day and others who prefer to work alone. Develop communication directly with them and confirm their teams have established proper communication levels. Creating the appropriate communication will allow staff to rely on one another, reduce the stress of the virus and perform their projects. 

The news changes daily, so review your staff’s progress at least weekly and make the necessary adjustments.  Although this sounds like project management, your focus is on your people’s well being.  Your staff is your most important asset, invest time with them now – they need your help.  

Share additional thoughts or project ideas on Linked In.  We are all in this together.  

joejezior@jezadvisors.com 

Example projects include:

  • Staff Healthy Eating – to enhance their health and immunity.  Encourage your staff to share recipes for healthy eating.
    • Create a friendly competition 
  • Staff Exercise – agin to enhance their health and immunity.  Encourage your staff to exercise regularly and share their exercise routines.  
    • Set up friendly competitions for the most improved and most consistent routines.
  • Implement the last few modules of the ERP system.  
    • These modules take a lot of staff time, but will finally deliver the ROI you expect
  • RETHINK your current processes, especially if they have not been enhanced in recent years. 
    • Challenge your staff to review, document and present processes to management.
    • Task then with improving efficiency 
  • CMMC –  https://www.cmmcab.org
    • Review the requirements, define and implement your processes now.  
    • The minimum audit period is 6 months, the sooner you are complaint the sooner you can be audited  

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