Gone are the days, for the foreseeable future at least, of footballers running to celebrate with their fans. And where once players could feed off a crowd to find that winning goal, they will now have to make do with their inner resources. But without those tangible experiences, will performance be affected in the coming months?
Personality type will play a huge role here. Those who are motivated by public praise may become complacent, while others might relish the absence of pressure – just like many of us returning to work.
In many ways, unnervingly altered offices, like empty stadiums, could well have the same impact on employee experience. Think about sales teams. Professional athletes and salespeople share many of the same characteristics – every top athlete must possess a strong work ethic, be incredibly focused and have an innate ability to adapt while competing. All traits of any successful salesperson. They also have to navigate an intensely competitive, changeable landscape, one where adapting to unforeseen circumstances is key.
Sales floors are known for their pumped-up environments. Upbeat music with public boards recording who’s sold what. Bursts of applause when a new deal is landed. In the absence of rallying encouragements and high-fives after a sale, could there be a knock-on effect in the months to come?