You’ll experience the labor shortage differently depending on where you’re standing. If you’re a business owner, you might be considering shorter hours, posting signs asking for grace from customers, or redesigning your company culture. But if you’re a nonprofit worker, you might be telling a hungry family: “I’m sorry, we can’t provide food for you tonight." Or a woman escaping domestic violence: “There’s no room in our shelter at this time, we’re at capacity." This is the reality for nonprofits across the nation as they struggle to compete in the war for talent.
You never thought you’d be here–navigating your business through a global pandemic that has changed nearly everything about the way we work. You’ve learned to cope with the quarantines, the safety protocols and the financial uncertainty. Still, now you’re facing one more potential pivot: the switch to a hybrid or fully remote workforce. You’re thinking: What happens when my employees are no longer together as a team? Will they lose motivation? Will communication break down? Will our bottom line suffer? Maybe you’re already experiencing some of these issues–but it doesn’t have to be this way. The core principles of the Great Game of Business®–educating and empowering employees to think and act like owners, and engaging them by giving them a Stake in the Outcome®—can help eliminate the risk of disengagement that comes with remote work.