Fear in the Age of COVID-19 is as contagious as the infamous virus itself. The mood around the world can be described as an intermediate stage between disorientation and panic. How can you survive the global turbulence?
1. Gently immerse yourself in the information field
You cannot do without limiting the consumption of content. For a start, we can agree with ourselves to strictly spend time from 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm and spend time reading the world news. Talk to your employees that it is unacceptable to discuss "conspiracy theory" and other covid scenarios in a work chat. “Digital hygiene” is especially important in this period. Imposition of fear and anxiety undermines our ability to think clearly and creatively, work with priorities, and make informed choices.
2. Study the positive experiences of past crises
Of course none of us were ready for the epidemic, but this is not the first situation that requires a global rethink. In 2008 and 2014 there was also an economic crisis. By maintaining the loyalty of our customers, we keep the sales level up.
3. Develop an Individual Approach to Employees Switching to remote working in a certain type of stress for both the manager and employees who are not used to this format. We need to work together to find ways not to lose personal and team effectiveness, so use productivity tracking software . Continuous communication is especially important now: you need to understand whether a particular team member has sufficient resources, or whether there are problems in new circumstances. In the format of remote work, it is especially important to keep this up to date. It is also important to keep in mind that in "survival" mode, for many people, discretion is replaced by spontaneous responses. It is necessary to control this moment to avoid "dam fractures".
4. Keep the General Meetings Online They are now important not only for brainstorming, but also for some “relaxing” effects. Psychologists recall that isolation increases anxiety. So, also to keep the balance, we regularly hold working online sessions.
5. Talk to the Team About the Future
5. Talk to the Team About the Future
At every stage of the company's life (and especially important in difficult times!), A manager must be as honest as possible in his assessment of the situation. It is important for the entire team to see that management has a well-thought-out action vector. Such certainty at least reduces the level of fear, interrupts the endless stream of thoughts about the future in the "pandemic age" and increases the efficiency of every employee.
6. Bring the alarm into the absurd
The manager's main task in the uncertainty is to reduce it to a manageable level. Unfortunately, we cannot yet guess how many events could develop over time. And the state of unpredictability and haze of the future mainly causes discomfort and tension. In such a situation, psychologists recommend playing the worst possible scenario mentally, by asking ourselves "So what?" to the feeling of confidence and control over what happens. In this state it is already possible to take conscious steps forward.
7. See new opportunities
The period of turbulence is a time when people think about self-improvement. Acting instead of perverting yourself is a smart strategy. My quarantine plan is the minimum: improve English and learn personal growth training. In addition, the remote working format allows me to improve my digital skills and learn new technologies. Learning leadership and risk management practices in the new reality is also challenging.
8. Fighting with Low Mobility
It may not be clear to everyone yet. But soon many managers can face the side effect of hypodynamy both in themselves and their employees. This condition is especially dangerous for people who are in “normal life” a lot and are active in sports. They've already gotten used to the tide of post-workout euphoria because of the hormone release. And now they fall into fear the fastest. We all need at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week. To maintain the right level of physical training I can help with home simulators.
9. Delaying Perfectionism It is easier for a manager to distance himself from stress at this "unprecedented" time if he "lets go of the reins" a little with regard to himself. Criticism is an excellent & # 39; fuel & # 39; for panic states. It is important to explain to yourself that there are no absolutely right decisions during this time. The rules apply when the situation is stable (a joke about a spherical horse in a vacuum is very useful here). When choices and decisions are made in the zone of ignorance, the rating scale does not work. Decisions can be justified and weighted. Point. And away from destructive reflections!
10. Thinking about what we will do after the pandemic
It is not yet possible to predict the duration of general isolation or its consequences for the economy. But it is possible to predict which goods and services will be in global demand after the pandemic. Long-term scenarios in themselves create the future of the company and inspire the movement forward. Perhaps someone is now choosing a wait-and-see tactic or even a business interruption. But in my opinion, such a strategy can be destructive to business. Inactivity itself can be a catalyst for fear and a growing crisis.
And finally, in a situation of global uncertainty, we should not forget that our most important assets are ourselves, our family and our team.