Think Now’s Not A Good Time to Switch Jobs? Here’s What I Learned by Making the Leap During the Crisis

Jun. 22, 2020

Jessica Hammerman

Think Now’s Not A Good Time to Switch Jobs?

Here’s What I Learned by Making the Leap During the Crisis

 

[This article was originally published by Jessica Hammerman in LinkedIn on 06/21/2020]

 

Turning the challenges of a new job into team-building opportunities.

I joined DRG Talent Advisory Group at the beginning of the Covid outbreak and quickly realized my transition to this new role was going to come with unique challenges. And yet, despite those challenges, I’ve also gained valuable perspective about what it means to be part of a team during times of uncertainty. Here are a few of the lessons I’ve learned so far.

 

Working remotely can accelerate team building. Contrary to what I expected, working apart has actually presented unique opportunities to get to know my new colleagues. Our weekly team meeting, held in a conference room during normal times, has become a daily check-in. The entire team now gathers on Zoom for thirty minutes each morning to connect, learn new skills, reflect on what’s happening in the world, and talk about how it affects our work as a mission-driven talent advisory group. As a bonus, we also now get regular glimpses into coworkers’ home lives—which can lower inhibitions and remind us of the things we all have in common.

The lessonRemote-working tools, like Zoom and other videoconferencing software, make it easy for teams to create structure and a new set of working norms, as we adjust to working outside a traditional office environment. With a little creativity and determination, now can be a great time for team building.

 

Being forced from our comfort zone, we’re finding new ways to be productive. Without realizing it, many organizations cling to old habits. These set patterns can be especially challenging to absorb when you’re joining a new team. With regular office norms now on hold, our entire team finds itself adapting to a new working environment—which gives us plenty of opportunity to find creative ways to remain effective.

For example, DRG successfully introduced new remote interviewing protocols to help our clients continue to move forward in identifying and hiring talented leaders for their organizations. As a new member of the team, I have been able to play a role in designing this new process, an opportunity that would not have otherwise come up during “business as usual.”

The lesson: Adapting to a new role can become easier when everyone on your team is also making an adjustment. This shared challenge offers valuable opportunities to question old habits and find creative solutions that help our team remain effective.

 

Leadership matters. I’ve saved this one for last, but actually neither of the above lessons would have been possible without this one. At some level, we all know leadership is important for organizations to function and succeed. And yet, it’s during times of crisis where we really get to see true leadership in action. I feel so fortunate that the organization I chose to join during this time has strong, smart, decisive leaders guiding us through this uncertainty.

The lesson: Get to know the leadership at any organization you consider joining. Even if you cannot interact directly, make it a point to learn all you can about them. Ask questions during the interview process: What is the leadership’s management style? How frequently and effectively do they communicate? What are their most significant priorities right now?

 

We can’t control what’s going to happen next—but finding an organization led by people you trust can make that uncertainty a lot more manageable.

 


Jessica Hammerman

Have a perspective to share about taking on a new role during the crisis? Thinking about making a pivot yourself?

Send me a message on LinkedIn or by email at jhammerman@drgsearch.com

 

 


[This article was originally published by Jessica Hammerman in LinkedIn on 06/21/2020]