Our workplaces are being transformed by COVID-19. Practices that have been scaling incrementally (i.e. remote) are now making giant leaps forward. Businesses have had to make significant adjustments and rapidly rethink the constructs of “work” in order to support employees sheltering in place, juggling childcare, struggling with isolation and mental health, and more.
Many companies are now developing their “return to work” plans. What are we returning to? When are we returning to it? What will “it” look like? The truth is we don’t fully know — we only know it will never be the same as it was.
What if this is our chance to reimagine work altogether?
Since February I’ve been curating and crowdsourcing a range of resources, tools, templates, and articles on how companies are responding to COVID-19 - most notably the Coronavirus HR/Business Communications & Resources Guide (
). It’s been an interesting front row seat to the conversations and considerations facing business leaders today.
People/HR executives have an incredibly difficult role in the best of times. The mental and emotional toll of this pandemic is consuming for them. They rarely have much bandwidth for thoughts outside of guiding their company through this. When they do, it’s often around “where we go from here?”
Reimagining “Work”... Together
Last week I raised a question to my network on how they might design work from the ground up, today. I received dozens of responses and ideas I compiled
. As the ideas mounted, I quickly realized static questions and answers weren’t optimal for a discussion like this.
I created an interactive way for people to contribute and read ideas, as well as upvote ones that speak to them. You can start reading below.
This idea board was created to solicit thoughts on how and where we might reimagine work in our current COVID-19 world. Not just today, but over the next 3–5 years and longer. The aim is to crowdsource ideas that can spark conversations and plans as people and business leaders adjust their operations to our current times.
This is a difficult time for everyone. Struggles often yield invention, so this situation is also a unique opportunity to rethink
My hope in creating this is to spark ideas and conversations that might lead to new practices that better support our employees, our businesses, and perhaps the way people team operate.
You can add and upvote your ideas here. If you have any thoughts or suggestions on how to make it better I’m all ears. You can reach out at any time at
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