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Return, Reimagine, Reinvent

The COVID-19 crisis has compelled many leaders to rethink ways of working. This collection of articles draws together McKinsey’s expertise on post-pandemic reentry to help organizations lead the recovery.

Reimagine the organization

How can leaders accelerate their companies’ journeys toward becoming not only faster but also better for customers, employees, and society at large? These three mutually reinforcing areas together provide glimpses into what a post-pandemic organization could look like.

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The need for speed in the post-COVID-19 era—and how to achieve it

– Survey findings confirm that organizational speed is an essential ingredient for outperformance in times of unprecedented change, and point to three ways companies can gain speed for the longer term.
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The long haul: How leaders can shift mindsets and behaviors to reopen safely

– The influence model is not only a template for organizational transformation but also a solid guide to crafting a sustainable response to the COVID-19 crisis.
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HR says talent is crucial for performance—and the pandemic proves it

– Five talent-management practices can help steer organizations through new ways of working and into the post-COVID-19 era.
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Reimagining the postpandemic workforce

– Pandemic-style working from home may not translate easily to a “next normal” mix of on-site and remote working.
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COVID-19 and the employee experience: How leaders can seize the moment

– The return phase of the COVID-19 crisis is a good time for organizations to create more tailored responses to workplace challenges, expanding on the goodwill and camaraderie earned in earlier phases.
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Communications get personal: How leaders can engage employees during a return to work

– As organizations embark on the reentry phase of the COVID-19 crisis, four practices can help them build trust and a sense of purpose for the long term.
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Ready, set, go: Reinventing the organization for speed in the post-COVID-19 era

– The need for speed has never been greater. Here are nine ways companies can get faster.
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Reimagining organizations for post-pandemic times

– Companies have mobilized to address the COVID-19 crisis through bold experiments and new ways of working. In this McKinsey webinar, Mary Meaney, global coleader of McKinsey’s Organization practice, discusses how leaders can not only make their companies faster but better for stakeholders.
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Reimagining the office and work life after COVID-19

– The pandemic has forced the adoption of new ways of working. Organizations must reimagine their work and the role of offices in creating safe, productive, and enjoyable jobs and lives for employees.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Reimagining the post-pandemic organization

– The organization of the future is taking shape in the moves that companies are making now. Here’s what’s changing—and why some companies say they won’t go back.
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To emerge stronger from the COVID-19 crisis, companies should start reskilling their workforces now

– Adapting employees’ skills and roles to the post-pandemic ways of working will be crucial to building operating-model resilience.

Featured experts

Fabian Billing
Senior Partner
Guides companies through performance transformations, enterprise agility programs, and merger integrations, leading to sustainable operational and financial impact and greater organizational health
Aaron De Smet
Senior Partner
Delivers growth, innovation, and organizational agility and is an expert on culture change, leadership development, team effectiveness, capability building, and transformation
Amadeo Di Lodovico
Senior Partner
Serves leading companies in the energy, metals, and mining sectors on strategic topics, operational and organizational challenges, and government policy matters
Oliver Engert
Senior Partner
Advises executives across industries on transactions—including mergers, integrations, alliances, and divestitures—bringing particular expertise in strategy and performance in the pharmaceuticals and medical-products sector
Chris Gagnon
Senior Partner
Coleads the Organization Practice globally and is head of McKinsey’s OrgSolutions group, helping clients organize in an integrated way by applying analytics methodologies and tools to improve culture, talent, change management, agility, and leadership
Arne Gast
Partner
Leads our Organization Practice across Asia–Pacific, bringing extensive global expertise in leadership development, organizational design, talent management, and transformational change
Mary Meaney
Senior Partner
Coleads the Organization Practice globally and is one of the leading experts in transformational change
Bill Schaninger
Senior Partner
Designs and manages large-scale organizational transformations, strengthening business performance through enhanced culture, values, leadership, and talent systems.
Haimeng Zhang
Senior Partner
Coleads our Organization Practice in Asia, developing the talent and leadership that organizations need to thrive; leads our work across China on infrastructure, sustainability, and public-sector issues; and works extensively with cities and major developers to plan and deliver integrated, sustainable urban developments

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