Updated: Feb 23

Is it you? Have you found your work to be rewarding in the last 12 months? Have you tried remote working before? Is the company open to “remote working”? Do you like your job as a leader? (Or wonder if you're supposed to be happy?)

Many organizations, in my opinion, are trying their best to adapt to the current state of uncertainty. Some are, in particular, on the lookout for new recruits. Many of us who work from home, with all the pressures, obstacles, and worries that entails, are doing our best as well. But, let's face it, it's not always convenient.

Here are some of the difficulties or challenges I am hearing about:

  • Home schooling different aged and ability children whilst working

  • Interruptions – personal and environmental such as Wi-Fi/network issues

  • Remotely managing and motivating a team

  • Loneliness

  • Inability to create work/life boundaries

  • Procrastination, lack of organization

  • Unhealthy eating

  • Navigating job responsibilities with food shopping, different lunch times or other domestic responsibilities

  • Anxiety and worry for extended family members

  • Stress about covid-10, the lockdown and the future

  • Fear about job security

  • Worries about having to let staff go

Can you resonate with any of these? How does it make you feel?

For now, we must ensure that we are mindful of and focused on what we can manage. It's difficult in some ways, but we're all susceptible to putting pressure on ourselves to meet some unrealistic standard of "perfection." You have no control over home schooling standards, but you do have control over providing an atmosphere that is conducive to learning in your home. You should learn stress control tools, and then use them to help the family or coworkers.

Transitions aren't always simple, but they can be useful nevertheless.

Employers, on the whole, recognize that we've just had a one-of-a-kind year. It's important for workers to understand that their bosses are worried, too: about you, their job, the business, and the future. And if it doesn't seem like it at times, we're all in this together.

So, what do you do if you're feeling stressed, nervous, or just plain tired?

1. Think about it

Take a look at what you're capable of. Whoever you are, you are astute. Use this time to think about your work and what you believe your goal is.

2. Develop objectives

You may refer to them as goals or dreams. For jobs or for life. What do you want to be like when this is over? What measures should you take to help you achieve your goals? The easiest approach is to dismiss it as too difficult, but by taking incremental actions each day and focusing on your goals with a daily mantra, you can be primed for the transformation you crave when we all emerge from the COVID-19 constraints.

3. Improve your self-awareness

Determine your current qualifications, roles, and growth. Raising your self-awareness will help you gain trust and recognize any places that you need to improve.

4. Develop small skills

To upskill and be ready for the next step in your life, look at online classes that you can take in groups.

5. Look for mentors

Speak with coworkers or consultants who are more senior than you. Inquire about their professional or financial success, as well as their background and what they like about their work. Make them your mates. Is it possible that they will be your mentor? Extend yourself outside your comfort zone. Most people, in my view, are kind.

6. Do some research

Take the time to think more about the company or the job you want. Get ahead with expertise, particularly if your company has clear advancement requirements. What do you need as a CEO or Director to carry your mission and passion to the next level? Will it be a new location? I know senior executives in their forties and fifties who have changed careers despite never believing it was feasible.

The trick is to have a positive outlook. I appreciate how difficult life is about a year after the first lockout. You should plan to bring in place steps that will help you springboard into the job you want in a post-COVID-19 environment if you have an agile attitude and optimism for the future. And we'll be able to get it.

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