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Mid-Year 2020: Applying "Focus" and "Vision" to An Unpredictable Year

Posted by Joe Antle on July 12, 2020 12:15 PM EDT
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As we stand at mid-year, 2020, it's important to consider the idea of how to apply "vison" and "focus" to a present that has been unpredictable beyond imagination-in only six months!  Not just "vision" in the long term sense of the word, but on specific points of value that can be created by aiming actions directly on the things that matter most.  And 2020, like most years, appears to be quite interesting as we look back on it at mid-year.  When you consider that there seems to be so many NEW challenges to be met and overcome (COVID-19, renewed social unrest and calls for racial equality and economic uncertainty and jobs loss), it is hard to decide which ones are the most important.  However, as we begn to build to deal with a series of seemingly overwhelming new circumstances the have been thrust onto the world.....

....the idea of improving one's wellbeing while also helping others to do that is a worthy pursuit in any year, and perhaps never more important than in this year of unpredicted and still unpredictable uncertainty.  And unlocking the secrets for doing that at some level of broad scale and doing so in a sustainable way should be an economically productive endeavor.  The new set of unpredicted disruptions that have come front and center in 2020 only add urgency, relevance and priority to this simple idea.  And for innovators  these "disruptive" conditions seem to potentially produce a new context that can potentially be strategically valuable.

We have a tendency or a bias to consider innovations in the context of bold reinventions that improve people's lives, strengthen families, create more engaged citizens, increase organizational capabilities and productivity and enhance economic vitality.  What follows are the Gallup Inc. research's five essential elements of wellbeing with a "focused" action to consider as a framework for the very unusual year 2020 and beyond.

Career Wellbeing

2020 Focused Action:  For employers and their employers, this unprecedented series of health and social wellbeing challenges offer remarkably new conditions to consider adding value to the employment context, especially in the context of organizational health, benefits, improved productivity and stability.  Sustained focus area:  Leading employers who are willing to invest a little, to help some of their employees grow a lot.

Financial Wellbeing

2020 Focused Action: Find ways to manage the execution of new initiatives  so that funds can be set aside for meaningful purposes in which employees' talents and time and the employers' resources can be shared within the broader community in which participating employers operate and within the organizational "people strategy" context..

Social Wellbeing

2020 Focused Action: Build in a component of employee and community engagement that enables social interaction to bring strategic value to employee participants, to employers and to those who support them.  Consider training, workplace monitors structures and broader community participation in support of the underserved segments of the employers' communities.

Physical Wellbeing

2020 Focused Action:  Identify physical health improvements that can be brought about by successful execution and expansion of existing and new employee wellness tools that improve access-such as improved nutrition, exercise or assessment of physical health improvements made by employee participants, their dependents and those that the employee participants may volunteer to serve and support.

Community Wellbeing

2020 Focused Action:  Find ways to leverage financial resources, services and support mechanisms in service to the broader community efforts to reduce substance use disorder through better access, affordability and evidence-based resources with collaboration in the nonprofits community.

In summary, while none of the actions suggested are extraordinary or innovative on their own merits, the application of focused, purposeful and "intended consequences" that can accrue in the key areas of wellbeing that can grow exponentialy from the organizational integration of innovation spurred by current events, disruptive as they may be, into important "people strategies" such as employee benefits, community engagement, operational productivity and organizational safety initiatives make the idea of commercially successful execution of new concepts in 2020 and beyond one with "meaning".

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