Sadly, we could be here for awhile. For Bamboo Crowd, our U.S. business will remain remote for the future. With that in mind, our investment and focus has been very much on planning for the future and ensuring that we have an employee experience, structure, and systems that allow people to thrive and do their best amidst this new way of working. It’s tough, but being small allows us the opportunity to build our company in a way that works for everyone. For larger companies, this shift is harder and more costly, meaning you have to pick and choose where to focus your time and investment.
What I will say is that every company, no matter their size, has the opportunity to do this right. Doing it right means planning for the future and the long game, not just focusing on short-term tactics or band-aid solutions. These short-term tactics cause friction in your business and create confusion and uncertainty for your staff.
Whatever strategies you employ, remember that whatever world of work we return to will be different than the one before. To formulate the right strategies and tactics, firm up your perspective as a business owner or leader and visualize what the world will look like and what your place will be in it. If that means a new ‘hybrid’ model, great. If it’s WFH forever, awesome. Or, if it’s ‘business as usual’, that’s fine too. In any case, understand that whatever perspective you embrace and invest in will have tremendous implications on your employer brand and your ability to attract and retain staff. I guess what I’m saying is that there is no right or wrong answer in all of this – you will gain and lose staff in any scenario What is important is a clear view of the future and a combination of a long-term strategy and short-term tactics to get you there.
I hope these insights help our business owners and leaders out there. It’s been a crazy year but also one that presents tons of opportunities. This current moment requires serious optimism and bullishness about the market, a strong vision and mission, and a team of people that are connected through trust, a clear employee value proposition, and a great employee experience.
If you need any support or advice, please reach out! I am always available and would love to support your business’s growth as you take on this new world. As always, I am available at [email protected]