Emerging out of COVID-19 and lockdown – What will recovery mean to our employees.

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Emerging out of COVID-19 and lockdown – What will recovery mean to our employees.
Understanding employees expectations in a post pandemic working life, will be key to businesses talent retention success or failure.

And why it’s important for companies to understand what their employee’s expectations will be.

COVID-19: Keeping employees healthy and businesses strong

In a live video interview last week, the reclusive photographer and writer Sally Mann was asked “how’s life these days?”.

She tells Sarah Meister, the photography curator at The Museum of Modern Art this:

“It’s pretty much the same as it always is for me.  I’ve been social distancing for 20 years. Virtually nothing has changed, except there is a line at the ABC store (liquor store in the US) and the feed store (Mann lives on a farm).”

For the lucky few – the lockdown has not been a huge stretch. But for most of us? Read on.

For the vast majority of us – it has. We all have a feeling that things will be very different after we emerge from COVID-19.   Rarely have we been given the opportunity to reshape our world.

Will we emerge a better society?

Can we have stronger family togetherness?

Will we experience more work flexibility?

We wanted to understand from our own ADAPTOVATE employees what recovery will mean to them personally and professionally.    We are fortunate to have a diverse workforce, with varied age, gender and ethnicity.   This diverse cohort of employees can provide us a global understanding of recovery.

By understanding what recovery means to them, will assist us as company respond in kind to ensure their expectations are heard.   ADAPTOVATE will remain sensitive to the lessons learned from the experience, both as a business, but also how it has impacted our people.


“I think recovery will be such a slow and gradual process that the lines between C-19 lockdown and a “new normal” will be absolutely blurred. “say Mark Barber, Project Lead from our Australian office.

For Mark’s children he wants to “see their lives start to incorporate some form of co-located interaction with their peers albeit whilst still maintaining social distancing and good hygiene. This will likely come in the form of a staggered return to school and eventually the recommencement of sporting activities, though the latter is likely still a long way off.”

For ADAPTOVATE we are acutely aware that the responsibilities of our parents in our team are not going to suddenly switch off overnight.    We will be easing into this transition to ensure our parents like Mark are supported.


The lockdown showcases the power we have to work collaboratively while not being physically together in the office.

Benny Ko is an Agile consultant with ADAPTOVATE in Melbourne.  He believes “the world will be very different after COVID-19. We will embed working from home into our work routine and continue to embrace online tools we have used during the lockdown. I have always believed we can always stay connected and continue to work together even being in different countries and time zones.”

Mark says “Professionally, I would like to see important lessons about flexibility and work-life balance incorporated into working life way beyond recovery. We have shown ourselves that we can make remote and flexible working successful, and even though we (ADAPTOVATE) have been working in this way for quite some time, a lot of our clients have not.

“I hope this has been a revelation for all of them and we will have the opportunity to keep driving the improvements in this space as we have done during the lockdown.”

For ADAPTOVATE it will be our experience in dealing with remote working teams well prior to COVID that will assist in ensuring our teams are set up for success with clients who choose to continue expanding their flexible working arrangements well beyond the current crisis.


“Equally though, this has also highlighted just how valuable face-to-face communication is, especially when you need to build strong rap