A lot of people went into COVID-19 crisis with extraordinary stress levels so where do you start to create the new ‘business as usual’ moving forwards?
When COVID-19 hit, life took a sharp turn. Within days, normal life was turned on its head and ‘business as usual’ didn’t exist anymore.
For most businesses, employees were sent home, doors were closed and human resources were scattered to the wind. Stress increased exponentially (and with it the risks of burnout) as everyone was plunged into chaos, and there was very little line of sight to how each individual was coping. In a flash, every job left standing has moved online.
You have no control over the ergonomics your employees are working within, and a lot of them are coping with sharing space with partners and children. Leaders have been flung into managing teams from a distance, your remote operating platforms are being stretched to their limits and your productivity has taken a hit.
What will life look like after COVID-19?
As COVID-19 is slowly brought under control, it is natural that everyone starts to turn their attention to the future.
With this comes important questions that need answers:
• What does your business’s future need to look like?
• What do your employees need you to provide?
• Where will the stress and burnout equation be, when your employees are allowed to emerge and return to the workplace?
• How will the mental health of your workforce impact your ability to move forwards?
There are lots of answers to these questions, but there is one thing that everyone can agree on, no matter where they are in the world: when lockdown and social distancing restrictions are eased, life will never be the same again.
Left as is, every company’s human resources will emerge from this with their mental health in a more fragile and battered state. Every individual is different, so every individual will need a different solution to help them navigate their way through this crisis.
Developing and implementing a flexible Organisational Health & Wellness Plan that provides tools and activities customisable at the individual level, and doing it now, will help you to understand the needs of your employees, provide them with access to tools that enable them to create individualised plans to reduce stress, and increase general wellbeing and collectively move forward in a healthier way.
Creating your new ‘business as usual’ now is critical, to allow you to hit the ground running when ‘normal’ operations commence again.
Bronwen Sciortino is a simplicity expert. She spends every day teaching people there’s a very different way to live so they can reduce stress, beat burnout and lead rewarding, happy and highly successful lives. She works with people globally through my books, corporate programs, leadership development programs, conference platforms, retreats, professional mentoring and in the online environment. Bronwen shares practical and easily implemented steps and inspire individuals to simplify their lives. She also guest blogs regularly for membership platforms around the globe, has been featured on the TODAY Show and contributed regularly to major online publications such as HuffPost and Thrive Global (Arianna Huffington’s new platform). She is also frequently asked to be interviewed through global radio, podcasts, vlogs, YouTube, Facebook Live, print media and blogs.