A year ago, the edict went out for staff worldwide to work from home, blurring the traditional line between people's business and private lives in an unprecedented way. Is it any surprise that many employees have since returned to work, trailing private issues and spilling them straight onto their desk? Some are still battling personal demons, others have suffered tragic or traumatic experiences during lockdown, and many have been unable to access mental or emotional support to help manage the additional stress burden.

Employers have faced equally challenging situations. Eager to keep afloat, they found themselves obliged to implement previously unexplored business practices, setting in place awkward precedents for the new normal. Post-lockdown, most are still juggling extra financial pressures, fielding staff requests for hybrid terms and struggling to convince worried employees that role adaptation is a must for the business to survive.

Companies are beginning to navigate this new world of work. Team members striving to rebalance are clearly expressing the desire for greater emotional support and understanding. Meanwhile, employers who are stretched to the max are wondering how to motivate and retain their best people, while stimulating productivity....when the next lockdown could be just around the corner.

Blame is an easy fallback in times of challenge. Forward-thinking corporate leaders are choosing instead to re-evaluate their working culture, and remedy the rift this pandemic has created. If you need help designing behavioural motivation to suit your pressured team, Happinessence has developed "Flexi-librium". Targeting continuous improvement, this proprietary model features the key areas proven to generate happier staff and advocates a multi-level, compounding approach to people optimisation. Get in touch now for more details.

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