list that reads Priority 1 through 4 with a red pencil A direct consequence of this “new normal” for business leaders is a need to put the mental health wellbeing of their employees at the top of our priority lists.(Photo: Shutterstock)

For those of us in the profession of managing people, navigating the ever-changing pandemic landscape these past two years has proven to be a tremendous challenge. Just when we put the final touches on a plan to get employees back into the office or working effectively using a hybrid model, another virus variant emerges and disrupts our best-laid plans.

This past summer, we thought we were finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel thanks to vaccinations and boosters. Before we knew it, those plans were dashed as we found ourselves facing the Delta and now the Omicron variants. In-person interviews, re-boarding, on-boarding, and business travel to work with key clients were all suddenly back on hold. It’s frustrating and exhausting for all of us!

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