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2021 – What now?

Happy New Year and welcome to 2021!

We from Kaizania are back from holiday and ready for a new year, are you?

At the end of 2020, most people were longing for 2021 and change – but what would actually change in 2021? What were people’s expectations? No doubt 2020 has been a tough year for the whole world – but also an interesting year. It brings me back to the new year blog post in 2020 with the title: Is agile dead? What should we focus on in 2020?

2020 showed us that agile is far from dead – the year where inspect and adapt become an everyday thing, where change became the new normal, where companies and people were forced to change to be able to survive. Agile was anything but dead in 2020 – people were forced into inspect and adapt– they maybe didn’t call it agile or think they were agile, but that is the key to being agile – agile is not tools and processes, agile is a mindset of continous inspect and adapt to our surroundings to be able to optimize value.

With a pair of Kaizania (agile consulting) glasses on, 2020 has been one of the most interesting and fascinating years we have seen. Companies changed with a speed never seen before, and things they thought wasn’t possible, suddenly happen overnight. As for example one of our enterprise clients had thousands of people working from home suddenly – before they swore that could never work in their environment. The best part is that all statics shows over this time they were more productive than before lockdown happened. As Winston Churchill said: “Never let a good crisis go to waste.”

But what now? There has been a lot of focus on the economic consequences of COVID and lockdowns in the world, but people are forgetting the mental consequences that always follow a crisis. We start to see a high increase in burnouts, addictions (Food, Alcohol),loneliness, abuse, the list is endless. Companies changed based on an economic view in 2020, which was a great start, but now the companies need to focus on mental wellbeing.

But why should the companies worry about the mental wellbeing? Because as Richard Branson said: “If you look after your staff, they’ll look after your customers.” If companies do not look after their people, the economic consequences will be even greater, and can the companies afford that? No!

So, what needs to change? As many companies have gone remote – it is not enough to just send people home with a laptop and expect the same as when they were in the office. They need to ask how companies can support their people and the change in mindset. In the world, we see companies that start to offer things such as:

  • Free coaching
  • Yoga lessons
  • Flexible working hours
  • Personal trainers / others physical activities
  • 1 hour a day of training (taken out of working hours)
  • Free rehab

All to help support their employer’s mental and physical health. But is all the responsibility just on the companies? No, as always you should as a person take steps to look after yourself, understand where you are at and what you need. Your company can only create the environment you are responsible for taking the steps.

Happy new year – and let us make 2021 the year where the focus on the mental aspect gets empowered. We are still in a crisis but together we can get through this.

We from Kaizania is looking forward to helping you and the companies on this journey.

Happy New Year.