Friday | 17 April | 2020
By Wilma Bedford
Resilience in the new Covid-19 work setup is an essential skill, not only for corporate leaders as the economy is sliding into a recession, but also for the man in the street who has to find space under this new sun. Resilience is the ability to adapt in times of misfortune and trauma, and to sources of stress such as work pressure, personal health, family issues and relationships.
Here are a few guidelines for an approach to the imminent changes.
Focus on what you can control. You cannot control the changing world but you can control tour emotions. It is normal to feel stressed and scared in the present uncertain and unpredictable times. Recognise your feelings and talk about it to a confidant. By denying your feelings you will only aggravate your situation.
Be careful but not afraid. Be careful by keeping to the isolation and distance regulations and by protecting yourself and your loved ones. Fear is doing panic purchases and being riveted to the TV to get the latest corona statics.
Establish and maintain a routine for yourself and your family. Routine creates a feeling of purpose and safety.
Guard against lapsing into depression. Begin by avoiding negative people and obsessively following bad news about corona on social media and TV.
Accept the new normal and become a cocreator of the renascence.
Perhaps the time has come to reevaluate your choice of profession and, if possible, to make a change of profession or to prepare yourself for the possibilities offered by the digital revolution. Be on the lookout for opportunities to acquire skills or to learn something that will enable you to work self-sufficiently and independently.
See misfortune as new challenges, as new learning opportunities. It is unavoidable that careers in the hospitality industry, food, transport, small business enterprises and the manufacturing sector are going to be the hardest hit in the aftermath of the corona pandemic. There will be potential manufacturing opportunities and opportunities to fill a gap in the new market. New innovative ideas are born as a response to people’s needs as a result of a national or world crisis. For instance, the post-World War II era saw the development of the jet engine, penicillin and radar. The present crisis has a need for innovating ideas regarding health testing, affordable home-office equipment, hygiene and health. Expect changes and be on the lookout for future opportunities.
Understand the broader social shift that is going to take place and listen to your clients’ needs. Distance working will be the new norm that is going to affect office space, office requirements and furniture, communication and transport. Be ready for these changes that are going to take place, adapt to the changes and see how you can meet your clients’ new needs.
If you are the owner of a small business undertaking, you now have an opportunity to recreate your product and restructure your business model to give your clients better service. Because people are going to be at home most of the time, there are going to be changes and opportunities with regard to recreation and entertainment, eating at home, travelling and digital platforms and software.
Be careful with your finances. Use the government aid packages and bank aid packages but at all costs avoid loan sharks. Be aware of the interest on repayments and how much income tax you will have to pay. Do not touch your dismissal package or pension money because at this stage you do not know what safe investment schemes the future will offer.
Be grateful for what you have and live with gratitude. Every day write down three things for which you are grateful and look at your list again after a week. Open your hand and heart to others that are suffering under a bigger burden.
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* All information was correct at the time of publication.