What to do when things are changing?
A few weeks ago, you were sipping your morning latte, getting ready for a new work week. Upon your arrival at the office, you probably stopped into check-in with your team, sat at your desk, took a quick glance at your emails and reviewed your agenda for the day. All was good as you touted your excitement for the new project that would be kicking off in mid-April at the afternoon managers’ meeting.
Then……. The news of Covid-19 began to build, you paid attention to the headlines but didn’t think too much of it. As the days passed, everywhere you turned was news or conversation about the illusive COVID-19. Within a matter of one week, your operation was shut down and you were forced to go home, or if you are an essential employee, you wake up and drive to work every day as COVID-19 news looms in the air.
So what do you do now? Things have changed. How do you move around, how do you keep a sense of self? While there are many answers to this question, we will explore four ways to deal with change in the workplace.
Get the Facts
This is probably the most important thing you could do at a time of uncertainty. Many times fear is rooted in not having facts. When it comes to work, ask all the questions and read all the documents that HR sends out. Yeah, yeah, I know you really don’t want to read six pages of HR speak, but this knowledge is power and will help you to stay informed as to what to do. If you are the owner of the business, refer to your SOP’s and hire an HR consultant if you don’t have these things already in place. Many programs have launched to support individuals and businesses affected by COVID-19. Keep yourself informed with facts from credible sources.
Create a Routine
A sense of routine helps your brain to relax just a bit. During uncertain times it’s natural for us to think a thousand thoughts per second as we are trying to find an anchor to help ease worry. Before the cautiousness, you had a routine and now while your routine will be different, creating your new routine is essential to maximize productivity and keep stress at bay. One quick way to jumpstart your routine is to plan your next workday before you leave the office or stop working. For example, the Monday before you leave the office, plan your workday for tuesday. This will help you jump into a flow and keep stress down at least for the start of the day.
Express Yo Self
Nervous, tired, confused, unphased? All of the emotions that come along with change are okay. No matter what you’re going through, taking time to acknowledge and express how you feel is vital to embracing uncertainty and change. Find a healthy place to vent and express yourself. Ideas include a Zoom chat with friends, journaling, or even virtual therapy sessions.
Plan for the Future
It’s happening. The future, that is. No matter what, the show will go on. The question is what will your new normal look like? This is a time for planning and thinking forward. Meet with your team and host brainstorming sessions where everyone can contribute ideas and thoughts that encourage growth within the department and business. Work solo? Curate a time and place virtually for a meeting of the minds.
I’ll leave you with a quote to ponder and share.
“Ultimately we know deeply that on the other side of fear is freedom” -Marily Ferguson