COVID-19: Preparing for the future
A series of articles developed by the Global Mobility team to help guide you and organization.
As we discussed in Realization, it’s important to analyze past actions and to identify ways to transform business. Whether through continuing certain processes as-is or completly revamping them, the goal is the same: Emerge stronger from COVID-19. In this article, we cover Engagement - a time of increased productivity where we take learnings from the COVID-19 journey. This phase reignites personal and organizational growth and the adoption of a change mindset. We cannot move forward with the status quo but must commit to changing the way we operate.
The idea of engagement is not new. However, for many organizations, engagement has historically been benchmarked against industry standards. COVID-19 has flipped this on its head and requires that engagement, at its foundation, creates a sense of physical and psychological safety that is more personalized, proactive, and company-specific.
A new lens on engagement and call-to-action is emerging triggered by an expansion of mobile employees to encompass most, if not all of, your organization. Being engaged and engaging your mobile workforce is more important than ever because COVID-19 has highlighted that we work in a world of constant change where the “new normal”, or target, is moving in ways we never anticipated.
A key theme brought about by COVID-19 is the need to change and adapt. Change has the ability to be both a negative and positive disruptor within organizations. The goal at this point is to maximize positive change and transform negative disruptions into opportunities.
As the mobility organization seeks ways to increase engagement, both short-and long-term measures must be considered. This is the time to raise the bar and reset expectations to a higher level. An imperative in raising this bar is being in tune with stakeholders, understanding their expectations, and strategizing how immediate changes will impact long-term performance.
COVID-19 has identified, for many of us, holes that exist in our current operations. This is true to everyone, but it’s really what you do with this information that will shape the future of your mobility as a service offering. Mobility programs with their sights on the needs of the future will take this information, validate their findings and successfully transform. They will be the trail blazers and practice leaders in mobility.
Our call-to-action is to use this time and available qualitative and quantitative data to overcome these challenges to create a launchpad for transformation into the future.
Since Engagement is a critical component to transformation, our checklist this week centers on key areas that have emerged around employee engagement and work. Please reach out to KPMG for assistance in answering any of the questions below.
It’s important to sharpen and reinforce the employee value proposition by taking a holistic approach to adding value from their point of view, including compensation, benefits, and rewards; development and advancement opportunities; and worker’s physical and mental health and safety. This involves improving the mobile employee experience including the end-to-end move process, home and host team dynamics, connections back to home, and workplace realities in the new normal.
An employee’s skillsets and well-being will need to be flexible to adapt to changes that lie ahead. It is therefore important to understand current stresses and gaps in training and capabilities that keep employees from performing at their personal best.
Questions you should be asking:
Perhaps surprisingly, COVID-19 has created a trend where employees are more engaged, more collaborative, and more fulfilled in their roles. This trend is due greatly to how companies have responded with an employee-centric mindset.
Questions you should be asking: