When social distancing norms forced organizations to start working from home, the world changed overnight. The transition was the toughest for the people who are used to working out of office on a regular basis, with their teams within their sight. Leaders in technology organizations work on tight time schedules and manage the dynamic changes as they come through on a regular basis. Many of them work in the “agile” mode of development where each person needs to be ready to adapt and change. This was much easier when teams were working under one roof and the leader had a good sense of “who is doing what?” Direction and redirection came easily to leaders.
COVID-19 has Tossed us ‘All Around’
From getting ready to work from home and making sure that each team member had the tools to contribute, COVID-19 has pushed us all into taking actions to accommodate the changes. We all hoped it was temporary and that we will return back-to-normal soon. Little did we know that this is going to become the new-normal. Working with their team and extended teams remotely has resulted into more pressure on those leaders who have a need to direct their teams at work on a regular basis, who like to do quick check-ins on floor , or who would like to sit with a team member when there is a problem and tell the team member what exactly to do, and may even look through code with them. Most of them are scheduling too many review meetings and are busy from morning to late night and yet, it still does not seem to be enough. Many leaders are feeling overwhelmed.
My experience of talking to these leaders suggests that many of these leaders missed to recognize that they may not be delegating effectively…..
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