Coping with an uncertain world

We are living in an age of uncertainty – and the current global landscape suggests that the 2020s will be turbulent.

According to the 2022-2023 Global Risks Perception Survey, the most pressing concerns we have right now are food, energy and security. Concerns that we thought we were already solving. And looking short-term to 2025, the survey indicates that the next two years will be dominated by social and environmental risks – driven, of course, by geopolitical and economic factors.

Learning to cope with this uncertainty is not an option. It’s a necessity – both for individuals and businesses.

So, what does this mean for us in the workplace? And what tools can we use to cope?

Kate Sweeney is a professor of psychology at the University of California, and she has been studying the feelings associated with uncertainty for more than 20 years. She says that activities that create a feeling of flow can help us deal with uncertainty. Flow happens when we do something meaningful and focused.

Leaders and workplaces can help employees flow and grow by:

-       Providing meaningful work that challenges at the right level.

-       Setting clear goals.

-       Giving immediate feedback to people’s efforts and achievements.

-       Focusing on the employee experience.

-       Having transparent and authentic communication with employees.

Coping with uncertain times is at the top of the agenda in most major organizations, especially when it comes to learning and communication.

The educational technology expert, Elliott Masie, has this to say:

“As learning leaders, we must accept and ‘own’ the uncertainty of now while providing support and transparency to the workforce. …It is okay to own the uncertainty. In fact, we will be trusted more as we are clear about what we know and what is unknown.”

Want to help your employees own the uncertainty by communicating with them in ways that matter? Then get in touch with us today!

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