As the business world tries to define its post-COVID landscape, the media is full of news stories about the CEOs who want their employees to return to the office after working from home for two years. Many of these stories seem to paint these CEOs as cruel "monsters" for enacting back-to-the-office policies. But this interpretation is a mistake.
Business leaders have learned many lessons during this never-ending pandemic. They have learned that although colleagues miss each other, employees can work from anywhere. They have upgraded their technology skills to be able to connect with others more productively. They have recognized the importance of having teammates check in with each other to make sure everyone is mentally and physically healthy. They have even embraced learning about everyone’s crazy pets. But perhaps the greatest lesson they have learned is the great need for flexibility in their workplaces.
Competitive compensation goes beyond just a paycheck. Because many key hires are swayed not by a salary alone but also by other forms of compensation, equity compensation is an excellent option for companies (especially small and midsize businesses, as well as startups) looking to attract and retain top talent.
The topic of influence often comes up in leadership programs and coaching. Although leaders may be strong technicians and extremely capable of carrying out their job responsibilities, they can also feel that they are not as influential as they would like. The inability to persuade others to support their ideas and suggestions can be frustrating and can throw off any leader’s confidence level. By keeping six key strategies in mind, however, leaders can increase their influence.