At the end of 2021, we asked a group of senior leaders what were some of the key challenges and changes they had experienced over the last 2 years living with the uncertainty and impact of Covid.
As Managing Directors and Chief Executives running Industrial, Consumer, Built Environment and Facilities Management businesses both nationally and internationally, it was interesting to learn that 75% of those approached felt that their leadership style was different today compared to a pre-covid work environment. Whilst there were, and are, a number of facets affecting the need for leadership change increased communication, including more regular 1-2-1’s and Group Meetings was undoubtedly, and understandably, a common thread.
As hybrid working is undoubtedly here to stay, we asked what impact had remote working had on workforce culture. Interestingly, 64% of leaders felt that the workplace culture had been negatively impacted with 73% stating that staff health/well-being and employee burnout are larger concerns across their organisations.
As more businesses adopt flexible working models, and we are of the belief that employees will continue to expect organisations to offer this in their roles, it will be important to ensure companies are building this in to their employment contracts. Given that 66% of respondents said that talent identification/attraction was a problem it is undoubtedly one of a number of factors that will allow individual organisations to become an industry employer of choice.
Over the next few months we will continue to explore the changing trends in leadership and share further insights from our research. Should there be anything specifically that you would like us to examine or want to ask, please reach out to our Leadership Consulting team: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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