Over the last few weeks, as a society we have learned the true meaning of an essential workforce. From front line hospital teams, to grocery workers and delivery drivers, how we view what is essential in the age of a pandemic is pretty clear to identify. It is also in many ways different than the way we defined essential prior to March 2020.
As experts in hiring, the team at Griffin Global Systems has been identifying ways to help applicants find their role in this diminishing economy which caused reflection into the meaning of essential in a post-pandemic world.
- The word essential takes on a different meaning in corporate America than it does in society overall. For example, someone who is tasked with selling for a Company may be at a full stop during these crazy weeks. Some of these folks will take the time to prepare for the next selling cycle. Others will plug into mission-critical functions to offer an extra set of hands to support the overall Company mission in weathering the storm. In both scenarios, the employee is still working. But in the latter, this employee is closer to essential.
- In the technical space, many are trying to find ways to mobilize a workforce into an at home- work environment. This may require some basic skills to configure computers with the appropriate security settings or logging them out to employees. Again, technical resources can offer their expertise to support fellow team members even if they are not in the same department. This will help the company mobilize and stay productive sooner which will support the overall health of the corporation.
- In last week’s article, we shared tips on ways to emerge better after this quarantine. Those tips included learning a different language or a skill set. Those are ways to emerge more marketable, but a different view is that it will help you be more essential.
Our message here is simple: being essential can mean many different things in this strange new world. Helping a co-worker to help the overall mission of your Company is one simple way that we can all be essential even if we are not on the front lines of this massive virtual war. And feeling productive during these times is good for the mind and soul as well which offers an added bonus.