How has work changed for you and your company since the start of the pandemic?

Recently I was having a conversation with my brother about this. Both of us have been forced into remote work as our norm since the beginning of the year. As we talked it became clear that we’ve experienced similar benefits and challenges despite being in different fields. One of the things I try to do consistently in my job is evaluate what’s working and what isn’t so I can make adjustments. But this conversation made me realize I hadn’t spent enough time reflecting on the ways the pandemic has changed things–both for better and for worse. 

If you lead an organization you’ve been there. You get an email introduction from a friend or colleague encouraging you to carve out some time to meet so and so with nothing but ambiguity circling around the purpose of the meeting. You glance at your calendar, never ending to-do list, backlogged inbox and anxiety starts to build. You don’t want to be a jerk and blow the person off, but you have so little margin as it is that making time for a new connection feels impossible. Maybe even unwise.

Depending upon your personality type you likely navigate these types of situations in one of three ways.