Office reopening in post Covid-19 world


World has two simple options: body-bags or bankruptcies.

The post Coronavirus office world is totally abnormal; global attitudes changed, economies altered, mind share shifted, political leadership melted, metamorphosis advanced, fears on brinks, nations on verge of bankruptcies,  emotional endurance on grinders and competency skills tested… our survival clearly depends on our balancing acts of critical thinking and accepting new abnormal.

World is given two simple options: body-bags or bankruptcies.

As the survivors, like road warriors of a dystopian office world try to reopen the economy, the office world faces post-lockdown debates starting day-one of their openings; here are some critical points of discussions, because the objective is to advance humanized living with economical survival but not allow old fashioned silence on incompetency to linger as normal models of success and equally not to allow any repressions on the critical needs on upskilling and reskilling of workforces as an ultimate grassroots turnaround strategies.

Digitally- minded; Everything everywhere in commerce will start from a solid digital base, digital thinking and imagination, no business model will survive without block chain AI+AR+VR and mobilization hence a boom to platform centric economies.

Beneficiaries: Those already in complex digital space, outsiders with specials skills but ready to become digital minded on fast track and comfortable in 24x7x365 working models on open to platform economies.

Enemies: Paper based, approval hungry, supervision dependent processing where office politics dominates efficiencies and sluggishness rewarded as steady progress.

Naseem Javed
Naseem Javed

Adjustments: Study the differentiations, polish all aspects of your craft apply digital polishing and keep adapting, keep polishing, it will become easier.

Remote-working-friendly; The age of high quality senior level work via remote working arrived with global bang, deep immersions practiced daily. The centricity of downtown cores will lose their superiority and bring mega shifts in value offerings on office spaces.

Beneficiaries: Excellent performers are working remotely as complex problem solvers skipping complex commuting and independent thinkers opening borderless opportunities. Anywhere or everywhere culture makes remote working new status.

Enemies: Bureaucracies where decorum runs procedures, organizations locked with limited imagination unable to explore the national global growth.

Adjustments: Declare 100 days of remote as test pilot project across the organization; create a new bonus system where new ideas and new leads add to new reward pools

Robot-whisperer;  The fear of attacked by robots or attacking them angrily for stealing your jobs, now replaced by whispering technologically advanced ideas on automated processing in order.  Mankind was not supposed to do laborious things; transformation from raw ‘manpower’ to ‘mentalpower’ is dramatic and creatively freedom-friendly as future is about mental empowerments.

Beneficiaries: Where automation is faster than rate of change, where lifelong learning deeper as the foundation, where workless future an accepted norm to think better ideas.

Enemies: Where incompetency rewarded as established bureaucracy, where silence considered wisdom and where smartness of sorts feared and upskilling a notice of termination.

Adjustments: Create daily sessions on lifelong learning and critical thinking as key topic of day; declare self-discovery basic and complex problems solving a necessity.

Entrepreneurialism-wise; There are those who managed lemonade stands in Kindergarten now hardly require a degree in entrepreneurialism, but those whom missed, self discovery will awaken their talent as if a sleeping giant. Time to break the chains and liberated. Study National Mobilization of Entrepreneurialism Protocols for digital platform economies and upskilling for innovative excellence and exportability.

Beneficiaries: They are the day dreamers, the innovative drifters and crazy developers of ideas, the early risers, late comer to meetings, but happy with difficult challenges and risk takings.

Enemies: Those, whom do not rock the boat, do not speak, do not hear, do not see, just stay on old procedures whatever they are.

Adjustments: Debates on ‘why not’ and long sessions on how make something happen and advanced performance.

Cultural-traveler; there are five continents, 200 nations, 5,000 languages, 2,000 cultures and millennia of history, the terrains, oceans and animals and all thriving with amazing people. Blessed are those who have open minds and souls. The rest are self imprisoned in their own minds lost in the darkness of their own fears. The borderless world of commerce always need colorfully smart; open to diversity, expressive ideas to bounce in global space with national and global collaborations

Beneficiaries: The open minded of the post Coronavirus world, the survivors, the immune, the enlightened and knowledgeable appreciative of humanity and planet.

Enemies: The destructive minds, insecure in search of towers of debts and power hungry in need to prove right all the times.

Adjustments: Watch 100 Foreign movies, listen to 100 international songs, 100 cuisines and get lost in the world of connectivity.

Disruptive Triangulation: Constant disruption is now only sign left to catch up possible success in a post-Coronavirus chaotic world; Stillness of action is slow death anyway. Last 100 days created a global compression of what mankind declared a success during last 100 years as almost an illusionary framework, to make it real we have to bring the world together, with diversity, tolerance and work all together to get out of fakery…our communities need us, our nations need us, we must acquire mastery of sorts, as mediocrity is the bureaucratic silence, we must squeeze out hidden talents as an amazing future awaits.

Create disruption as a new business lifestyle and enjoy the ride. Differentiate old change to new change. Optimize disruption as world is hungry for new ideas. Innovation is bloodstream of disruption. Globalize disruptive outcomes to tackle limitless markets. Disrupt, innovate and expand. Respect of mental power in remote working set-ups, mundane work in hands of robots. Eliminate commuting as inhumane and cubical office work cruel. Recreate a brand new digital platform model of remote working and customer access. Discover how new models will dance on platform economy and new mandates assigned to key organizations like Trade associations and Chambers of Commerce of the world.

(Naseem Javed is a corporate philosopher, Chairman of Expothon Worldwide; a Think tank on Image Supremacy of Innovative Excellence & Entrepreneurial Leadership. He is leading charge on entrepreneurial leadership transformation and a recognized authority on global digital trends, image complexities how they impact business performances and create global age skill shifts. His recent work on Expothon Strategy is getting global attention. His latest new book; Alpha Dreamers; the five billions connected who will change the world. He can be connected via LinkedIn:


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