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LIVE! Ep. 4: Employees Working from Home is Changing Big Companies — And Impacting the Consultants & Executive Coaches Who Work With Them

LIVE! Ep. 4: Employees Working from Home is Changing Big Companies — And Impacting the Consultants & Executive Coaches Who Work With Them

How long will corporate employees be working from home (WFH) as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic? It looks like the answer for some folks will be… forever.

Amazon just announced plans to keep employees home until early 2021, while Fujitsu just laid out a permanent work-from-home plan for its 80,000 employees. Many others are following suit with new announcements coming out on a daily basis.

The jury is still out as to whether working from home is largely a good thing or a bad thing, but certainly the pros and cons are starting to bear themselves out.

On one hand, employees are appreciating not spending time in traffic, saving money on everything from dry cleaning to lunches, and having fewer interruptions in the day.

Conversely, there’s been an uptick in stress and overwhelm. It’s hard to unplug at the end of the day when you are stuck home 24/7.

And one thing we’ve heard in our private discussions with corporate leaders is that they know some things are lost when the company goes to a 100 percent work from home environment.

On that very topic Forbes just wrote a great piece on the importance of casual office interactions and maintaining a company culture.

The other thing to consider is that the changes created by this new work-from-home world don’t only affect those working inside of companies. Families and spouses are most directly impacted.

And of course, for those of you who are consultants, leadership coaches, keynote speakers, corporate trainers, corporate vendors, service providers, experts or other small business owner serving organizations, you need to think about how the new WFH norm will also shape the way you market, sell and deliver your services to corporate clients for years to come.

That’s because every aspect of how organizations operate, from company culture to automation, to processes and systems, to IT security, to hiring and onboarding, to meetings, to leadership skills — and everything in between — needs to pivot in a work from home world.

To explore these work from home impacts in more detail, we asked the preeminent expert on managing virtual teams to join us on our latest episode of LIVE! with Angelique Rewers.

Tara Powers is the CEO of Powers Resource Center and the author of the globally published book, Virtual Teams for Dummies, which as you can imagine keeps selling out on Amazon.

In fact, the minute that the COVID-19-induced lockdowns started to be announced, Tara’s phone started ringing off the hook with frantic FORTUNE 500 leaders looking for support.

With more than 20 years of experience working with brands like McDonald’s, The World Bank, Aflac, Virgin America, Caterpillar, Western Union, Mrs. Fields Cookies, Philips, DISH Network, Crocsand more, Tara and her team sprung into action to help global companies pivot quickly.

And because Tara is also our Senior Faculty for Corporate Training Programs here at BoldHaus, we asked her to give us the goods on what she’s hearing and seeing, and what this work from home trend means long term for companies and small business owners alike. 

Here’s a quick look at some of what we covered in our conversation:

  • How well (or not) companies are navigating this trend.
  • Why cultivating leadership skills for remote teams is different and requires a special skill set.
  • How her company is helping these brands to navigate these new waters.
  • How the WFH trend is going to impact consultants, coaches, trainers, and more.
  • What Tara’s best advice is on how you can establish yourself as the go-to expert in your field.
  • Tara’s words of wisdom on how you can LEAD YOUR MOVEMENT™.

If you are a consultant, coach, trainer, speaker or service provider to organizations (or you want to be), this is one episode you don’t want to miss.

And if you missed this show, don’t worry. The show airs live every Wednesday at 1PM Eastern.

The best way to join us and participate is on LinkedIn.

We broadcasting from my personal account, which you can find here. (Be sure to refresh your browser page at 1PM Eastern if you don’t see the show appear.)

 

Here are more detailed instructions on how you can watch the show LIVE…

HOW TO WATCH ON LINKEDIN:
Make sure you follow my personal page on LinkedIn, as it is the best way to tune in to the show. We’ll be broadcasting from my personal account and, when we go live, you can find the show at the top of my activity feed here.

OTHER WAYS TO WATCH:
Prefer a different platform? No problem. Our simulcast tech means this show is being broadcast on multiple streams at once. Join our Get Corporate Clients group to watch on Facebook, or subscribe to our YouTube channel to follow the show there.

Angelique Rewers
Angelique Rewers

Angelique is the bold, always blunt, and unapologetic CEO and founder of BoldHaus, a champion for helping small businesses win corporate clients. Having successfully navigated all sides of the corporate buying table for 20+ years, she has a direct understanding of what decision makers look for when hiring outside experts. Angelique was tapped for her expertise by USAID, National Geographic and The Smithsonian to mentor technology innovators across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and served as Uber’s first-ever Uber mentor. She serves on the Advisory Board for Space for Humanity, a global nonprofit focused on expanding access to space for all of humanity, as well as on a committee for the United Nations’ Women Peace & Humanitarian Fund. Angelique has been featured by Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc., ABC, NBC, CBS, Business Insider, HuffPost, Washington Post, Yahoo! Finance and more. She has shared stages with Hollywood’s Steve Harvey, Shark Tank’s Daymond John, bestselling author Seth Godin, and NFL Super Bowl Champion Jamal Lewis. A Baltimore native and die-hard Ravens fan, she lives in Boca Raton, Florida, with her husband, twin boys, and goldendoodle, Raven. Check out Angelique’s latest media commentary here.