Crises that are continuing to unfold are making businesses rethink their plans and review their purpose. But, instead of helping enterprises to grow, they are only increasing the fatigue among employees that can damage the firm in the long term.
While stepping in 2021, many organizations across the globe had big initiatives in mind to recover through the crisis the pandemic had inflicted upon them. Yet, many have still failed to execute their project. Though the pandemic’s delta variant has played a significant role in halting their progress or creating circumstances to shut down their operations, it is not the only crisis that is responsible for the damage and the fatigue for IT leadership.
Health, economic, social, and climate crises are the major global leadership challenges enterprises have to push through to sustain their business operations. When taken together, the impact of these crises can disrupt all business plans that trigger enterprises to review their purpose. This results in increasing symptoms of fatigue among employees that most IT organizations are still not immune to.
Hence there is a growing need for CIOs to successfully execute their digital transformation projects while navigating through the crisis fatigue. Here are a few steps in strategies they can implement:
Consciously communicating the purpose of the organization
IT leaders need to change their behavior and adopt a different mindset to successfully execute their digital transformation initiatives. They should be able to convince and should be superlative in their communication to get their teams on board. Instead of creating a ‘why’ for their digital transformation inclusive of corporate jargon that all people can relate to, they should provide a clear, mission-based ‘why’ to their employees that motivates them beyond the fatigue they’re feeling. CIOs should be intentional and communicate the purpose that resonates with their team.
When enterprises accelerate digitalization, multiple dependencies, both internal and external, are present. This can create challenges for CIOs to prioritize what tasks are needed to be executed as per the ongoing situation.
With multiple crises ongoing in today’s environment, IT leaders are taking as many steps as they can to get the job done. While today’s employees are able to work through it, such an approach can create a toxic environment in the long run.
Before assigning a task, IT leaders should remember that the most critical fatigue fighter is the sense of progress and completion. They should create strategies for delegating tasks in smaller and manageable chunks that can be completed in a shorter time frame instead of waiting to execute everything at once. Hence, CIOs can seamlessly accelerate their digital initiatives without amplifying the fatigue of crises by prioritizing and organizing.
Organizations that have thrived and are continuing on the path to do so in today’s crises, were able to survive and grow because they were resilient. The ability of CIOs to prepare for all the things that may go wrong with a given deployment or transformation ahead of time in a safe environment can help them foolproof their IT strategies. It also allows the CIOs to deal with fatigue since decision-making and responding to risk on the fly can take a toll.
It is vital for CIOs to get themselves familiar with the long-term effects of fatigue. They should be able to understand how to combat them as the crises don’t seem to fade away anytime soon, nor does the focus of organizations on digital acceleration.