With another wave of the Pandemic now spreading, many people are being obliged to limit their movement and whilst earlier in the year the majority were willing to conform, there are now signs of weariness and less willingness to go along with the restrictions. Different organisations are experiencing a broad spectrum of challenges. Some are full speed ahead in finding ways to adapt well, others are finding themselves stymied at every turn.
Many businesses saw a spike in productivity brought about by the necessity for people to work from home. This appears to be waning, as some have reported employees feeling isolated, stressed and craving a proper workplace with clearer boundaries between home and work. Forty percent of the workforce in the US is now working from home, and burnout is rising at an alarming rate.
For some organisations there has been a dip in creativity because of a lack of physical interaction but there are many good brains looking for opportunities and new ways of working. Investment in technology and the speed of its integration have increased significantly.
Everyone responds differently to stressful situations. Whatever the issues facing each business during Covid-19, the need for swift change whilst living with a lack of security and certainty about what will happen next, has been difficult for many.
Managers can reduce the risk of burnout by truly supporting their people working from home with individual attention and being flexible with their requirements. Two employees with entirely different circumstances can probably deliver the same piece of work, but in vey different ways. Managers must work at passing information both up and down more accurately and fully than ever before.
There is no point in waiting for the Pandemic to go, businesses have to plan for an uncertain tomorrow in the best way they can. How leaders respond to the Covid-19 pandemic will determine everyone in the organisation's future so it has never been more important to adopt the best leadership skills and be the best leader you can be.
What we're doing
We work with organisations, whatever their current experience, helping them find their optimum strategy and skillsets for the present whilst preparing for the future by:-
- Establishing clear purpose, messages and values.
- Focusing on strengths and weaknesses in the business.
- Helping organisations address the increased tensions around Diversity, Equality and Inclusion, including the recent BLM pressures. See our page on this.
- Reuniting and re-motivating teams online, and where appropriate in person, that have been separated or newly formed.
- Coaching leaders to find and adopt the best skills and styles for today.
- Facilitating 'online offsites' to take key decisions of the day.
- Planning creative people-centred strategies.
- We have a marriage guidance counsellor on the team, to provide advice and mentoring for those at home significantly affected by forced isolation due to COVID-19.
Places you can turn to for Support (Courtesy of the Diana Award)
The Diana Award Crisis Messenger
This service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you are a young person in crisis, you can text DA to 85258. Trained volunteers will listen to how you’re feeling and help you think about the next step towards feeling better.
The Mix have a telephone helpline to help you take on any challenge you’re facing - from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. You can contact The Mix by calling 0808 808 4994 from 4pm to 11pm. www.themix.org.uk/
Childline offers a free and confidential telephone counselling service for any child with a problem. Their website also has lots of useful advice on topics like home, families, friends and relationships. You can contact Childline at any time by calling 0800 1111. www.childline.org.uk/
You can visit your GP to talk about your mental health. Your GP might then refer you to the children and young people’s mental health services for more help.
Remember that in an emergency, if your life or someone else’s is at risk, you should call the emergency services on 999 immediately.
We've partnered with InChorus to help you measure and resolve incidents of bias so that you can grow an inclusive organisation.download the pdf