Source: ACCJ Journal
Instead of the red light, green light transition we might hope for coming out of the state of emergency, we face a potentially very protracted period of caution. And while this go-slow period will pose new challenges, it may help us avoid squandering the opportunity we’ve been afforded by these unusual circumstances.
Simply flipping a switch and returning to normal would make it all too easy to stumble backwards and lose the forced progress that’s been made in teleworking and workstyle reform. Valuable lessons about maintaining resiliency in a market where business interruptions are a regular and expected occurrence could also fall by the wayside.
It’s up to us as business leaders to ensure that the legacy of Covid-19 is more than just human suffering and economic loss.
As companies awaken to the surprise that, unexpectedly—perhaps even improbably—they’ve been able to function without staff coming into the office each day, some may begin to imagine a new way forward.
And as governments begin to recover from the challenge of providing public services from a distance, some may decide that it is preferable to accelerate down the path of digitization rather than retreat.
If this revolution is to succeed, it probably won’t come from simply injecting Western concepts into Japanese businesses. Teleworking has become so ingrained in Western business …continue reading