How prepared are you and your organization to flexibly, and rapidly reset the way work is done in response to an unexpected event (e.g. weather, cyber-attack, transit strike)?
I experienced a dramatic and unexpected work+life fit reset on Halloween when an EF1 tornado roared through our New Jersey town in the middle of the night. No one was hurt (thankfully) but our house took a direct hit.
It’s moments like this when being able to flexibly reset the way my work and life fit together on a moment’s notice is priceless.
One week later, all of the pieces were essentially put back together, and I could re-focus on other priorities. Most importantly, I didn’t lose a week of work waiting around for various tree removal and home repair contractors to show up. I didn’t have to take PTO. But I was prepared.
I had my contingency plan in place for how, when and where I could work should some type of unexpected event happen. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine it would a tornado in New Jersey…hey, you never know. You never do.
Are you prepared for how, when and/or where you could work in response to the unexpected work+life fit reset? What I find is that most people and employers do not have a contingency plan in place to quickly adapt the way work can be done. You can wait until the unexpected strikes.
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