Adaptability is one of the most important traits a business can have during the pandemic. The most successful staffing agencies have been ones nimble enough to redirect their resources and reimagine their workplaces in the face of pandemic restrictions. But how can organizations learn to become more adaptable? Let’s take a look at some of the key traits that define companies who excel at change.
An Eye on External Factors
Those who have their ear turned to the world can often tell when national or global events (i.e. the invention of smartphones) will impact their business. They take new information and reshape their business to adapt to a changing world, and they often do this fast. Few could have predicted that the pandemic would last this long or so quickly change the world. However, the staffing agencies who were already adapting to an increasingly virtual world with paperless onboarding and mobile tools have adapted to COVID-19 measures with much more ease. In contrast, agencies that still relied heavily on in-person interaction and paper application methods took more time to adjust.
Organizations who adapt are willing to experiment, creating new innovative ways to work around restrictions. For staffing agencies hit hardest by the pandemic, this often means breaking into a new and possibly unfamiliar sector, one that’s seen a significant demand since the onset of the pandemic.
Adaptive organizations are ones that encourage risk taking and knowledge sharing. A good company culture gives employees enough psychological safety to feel comfortable making mistakes, sharing ideas, and learning from one another. This will boost a company’s ability to experiment, as mentioned above, and continue thriving during challenging events that rearrange the status quo.
Being able to adapt is one of the most important traits a company can have nowadays. Restaurants must adapt to a world with limited in-door dining, offices must adapt to remote work, and staffing agencies must adapt to drastic changes and trends happening in the industry. Becoming adaptable will not only help agencies survive during the pandemic, but it will also help them learn to adjust to any future world events and achieve success long after COVID-19 ends.