Henry Fernandez is chairman and CEO of MSCI. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. The coronavirus pandemic, which left so much destruction in its wake, revealed the depths of human resiliency and ingenuity. Seemingly overnight, many of the world’s largest, most complex organizations underwent radical transformations […]
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Finding purpose in our work is a very human need. Yet, because there’s an endless stream of new top talents emerging from universities and business schools, humans are made to dump purpose for salary and benefits proposals. Every company, the banks especially, can because of this, afford to consider their employees a disposable commodity.
We all need to accept that things have changed all around us. Beyond the cliché, People change, the world’s weather is changing and businesses go through change cycles. But now, the world of work is changing.
Before COVID, the office was the nucleus of company culture. It’s where you interacted with your co-workers, got to know people on a personal level, and held company-wide meetings and post-work events. The revolutionary workplace shift of the past year has evolved a new acceptance of workplace flexibility.
As the danger of virus infection wanes, our perceptions of remote work and work-life balance are unlikely to shift back as “opt-out” behaviors. Though the move to the hybrid model is complex, it can offer rewards for both the company and its people. And with a supportive tech stack and an even more supportive company policy, things can change positively and dramatically. Then consider the benefits of lower overhead, greater autonomy, flexible working options, and resiliency in whatever comes next.
Dear friend, be receptive to change; positive change. And while the turns through life is uncharted, with seemingly unknown detours and twists, everyone need to now look into what areas of their life can do with some positive changes. Following through with the identified changes, may just prove to be a silver lining of this pandemic.
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