Happy New Year!
A new year gives us the chance to start fresh. And while 2021 will certainly give us that opportunity in some respects, I think it’s also important to take some time to reflect on lessons learned from 2020, and how we can leverage that knowledge going forward.
We are still in the midst of a global pandemic and although the vaccines give us hope, it’s still essential for each of us to follow mandated health and safety guidelines to protect ourselves and others. Business leaders are responsible for protecting their employees. This means putting practices in place to protect both the physical health and safety of employees as well as their emotional and mental health. For tips on best practices for keeping employees safe and healthy, tune into my podcast with Mary Hiland, PhD, president of Hiland Consulting.
It’s important for leaders to be up to date on any new regulations relative to COVID-19. There are several that went into effect January 1, which I discussed in my blog, New COVID-19 Regulations, last month. Also, check out the Employer Resource Page on our website which has links to a variety of sites that deal specifically with COVID-19 information.
And leaders, remember that it’s also important to take care of yourself. Just like when there’s trouble on a flight, when the oxygen masks drop, put yours on first to be better able to help others with theirs. Check out my blog, Self-Care for Leaders in Uncertain Times, for some tips on caring for your own health and well-being.
Although the election is over, our country remains divided. Unfortunately, this can bubble over into the workplace, impacting teamwork, collaboration, and/or performance. A couple of months ago I attended a roundtable led by my colleague, Susan Nelson, Founder, The Pragmatic Life. Check out my blog, Managing Employee Post-Election Anxiety for some tips I learned on how leaders and organizations can help employees through the post-election transition period.
2020 was a year that took the lid off a number of issues, not the least of which was social injustice and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Many organizations are increasing their efforts to create DEI leadership positions and more focused programs in this area.
To succeed, organizations need to do more than just lip service. They need to go beyond just ticking the EEO boxes in hiring and firing practices. Leaders at every level need to create a culture that considers all activities – communication, recruiting, hiring, promoting, company gatherings, team assignments, terminations, etc. – through a lens of diversity and inclusion. As I said in a previous blog, they need to Walk the Talk.
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