how to deal with new reality?
pandemic changed working enviorment
A lot has been written about the new situation in recent weeks, and much more will be said in the days to come. I would like to draw attention to the changed attitude of employers towards employees and vice versa and to all of you who are currently fighting the battle with work-related uncertainty. We all need to be aware that in emergency situations we can't perform at the same level and achieve the same work results as we may have in circumstances previously known to us. Many people are much too self-critical at the moment, especially the ones in a position to solve problems in companies or organizations. In the background of our brains, all the information we have received lately is constantly being processed. Our experiences are at the moment strongly emphasized by emotions, which is completely normal, but be aware that this takes a lot of energy.
Many people have moved their work office to their homes. In our home environment, however, we have completely different roles than in a professional environment. Changing roles is difficult and dangerous if we do not pay attention to it. Therefore, it is advisable to take a specially scheduled work-only time at home and a specially scheduled time for other activities and obligations. Separate this time. If you live with someone, you should make a clear agreement about the time structure. Also, communicating about your experiences with your superior and other colleagues is highly recommended. How they perceive the situation, what they expect from you, what the deadlines are ... At this moment we all found ourselves in a new and unknown situation, including your boss, employer, business partner. That is why it is completely legitimate and also recommendable to talk to each other and together establish what works best for an individual employee to deliver results.
It is also important that we recognize our feelings and emotions in this time of isolation and can accept them with ok-ness. To realize that we all are more afraid now than we were a month ago, that someone may be angry with the government, the situation, that someone might feel sadness or anxiety because really sad things are happening. Be aware that you are not alone, the whole world is currently experiencing emotions that have not been part of our daily lives before. And that’s normal, and that’s ok. But it's important to find ways to deal with the emotions that paralyze us. I can't stress enough how important it is to communicate with each other, with colleagues, relatives, friends, and share experiences. To be aware that we are not alone in this.
But every dark side must also have a bright side. Things will certainly change for the better, too. Many will find greater peace within themselves, many will find better working conditions, many employers will develop a better environment for their employees... Companies will be perceived by their ethical behavior more than they ever have been before. Many people will find new, creative ways of solving employment problems. Relationships in the working environment will be better if we all participate and develop ourselves to be authentic in all our roles.
I would like to emphasize that there are counseling and coaching professionals available, please talk to someone if you have a difficult time coping with the situation. We provide counseling for all of you who struggle with work-related topics.
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