Up until 2020, business continuity and disaster recovery plans were mostly a matter of “what if?” What if disaster strikes? What if our team can’t come to the office? What if a large part of our team is absent at the same time?
Right now, all across the country, people are seeing out their last day in their current job. Some are leaving because of a major life change, like retirement or moving to a new city. For those people, there will be farewell parties and promises to stay in touch.
The last couple of years has profoundly affected the way you work. Your team has had to adapt and adapt again as circumstances shifted and changed. You probably have more remote team members, more people on flexible work arrangements, or you might have a hybrid team that combines different working patterns.
The national Covid-19 vaccination program has stalled, with just over half of Americans now fully vaccinated. As a result, the federal government has decided to step in. In September, President Biden ordered mandatory vaccination policies that would impact federal workers, government contractors, and some private firms.
Managing a team has never been more challenging than it is right now. If you're a leader, the chances are that you've witnessed a drop in engagement recently, as your pandemic-weary staff yearns for a break. Meanwhile, you're probably worried about the impact of The Great Resignation and whether you're at risk of losing your best people.
Every employee is irreplaceable, in a way. People have characteristics that make them one-of-a-kind, whether it’s their attention to detail, their empathy with customers, or their genius for communication. But when an employee is literally impossible to replace, you might run into problems.