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ARE WE EVER GOING BACK TO NORMAL?

Written by Lydia Beshara
12th July 2020
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It’s new years 2020. Everybody is really excited to be starting the raging twenties. You’re thinking “Oh god! How has it been THIRTY years since 1990?!”. Putting together your yearly list of new years’ resolutions; I’m going to go to the gym every day at 7am, travel the world and finally get things together. Little do you know that the man upstairs has a different plan and life as we know it is about to – well – crash.

Maybe it’s all the Hollywood movies, but I’ve always pictured a virus taking the world by storm would look a little different. Don’t get me wrong, it is surreal as is. The pandemic has changed what is normal to an extent that I almost gasp every time two people shake hands on a TV show. Is it when are we going back? or rather are we ever going to go back to how it used to be?

Although technically most businesses are still operating, there are little to none organizations that have not been affected by the pandemic. I’m not downplaying the financial part, aside from a lucky few, I do not know an organization that has not in some way felt the pain of the COVID effect; budget cuts, pay cuts, downsizing and the list goes on. However, to me the more difficult part is the uncertainty. Staying six months at home is something but not knowing when this thing will ever end is the real torture.

I haven’t put on jeans in four months and wearing blazer on pajama pants is now somehow the norm. Come to think of it though, business has not stopped. Work from home is possible. It may have taken the world to stop spinning for us to collectively realize it but Work from Home is a viable option. If you hire people that you trust – “get the right people on the bus” quoting Jim Collins from his Masterpiece “Good to Great”- you know they will get the job done anywhere.

It’s funny how nowadays when you say “I have a meeting” it automatically means an online video conference. Back in the day, I used to really hate online meetings. Something didn’t just feel right about it. Nonetheless, after around 200 hours of online meetings, I started seeing how very practical and time saving they can be. I don’t know about you but I am keeping my Zoom subscription.

The Pandemic may one day leave us, but the effect of it is here to stay. “The only constant in life is change”-Heraclitus. Still rings true after more than a thousand years. However, there are two things to take away from all this mess…

Embrace the uncertainty. Life may seem predictable at times but don’t let that fool you. The next big change is right around the corner. Always make an effort to be prepared for the unknown.

Online Conferencing and Work from home are an alternative. I’m not saying let’s shut down all the office buildings and stay home for the rest of our lives. I’m saying let’s find a way to integrate what proved to be a viable option into our lives. I am certain this will do wonders for our work life balance.

If you need some help with that. Red Rock International offers training courses in Change Management and Managing your Team Remotely. Please contact us for more info.

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