The concept of a crucible is simple. The official definition is a situation of severe trial, or in which different elements interact, leading to the creation of something new.
At the risk of being called Captain Obvious, we know that the way we work fundamentally has been changed forever. Our eyes have been opened about which roles actually keep society functioning. We have been challenged to be creative about jobs that can work from home, and managers are rethinking what it means to lead a team they cannot see every day. Furthermore, employees have had to rethink work/life “integration” – meaning the traditional 9 to 5 job is no more.
My hope is that this recent crucible of events doesn’t just change “work;” but that it changes the way we even think about work. With a few exceptions, most workplaces have tossed the existing rulebook out the window and are making it up as they go. They’re