To stand still is to be left behind
COVID_19 will incorporate changes throughout the USA and worldwide. Gone are the days of resistance to societal changes. There will be some who still resist but soon they will be dormant. To stand still is to be left behind. But while we wait for the cure, a new vaccine and more, we practice safe measures, quarantines and more. Here are a few basic gleanings that’s highly possible will become the norm for businesses and individuals:
- Some organizations may incorporate work-from-home for some positions as a new way of working.
- Some employees delighted for the break, may never return to work in a physical office structure. We call it exposure to work / life balance.
- Some businesses may never recoup and go under.
- Some businesses will expand or diversify. For example, a business that provides recruitment to hundreds of hotels has been placed on hold as the hospitality industry was forced to a halt. Meanwhile the healthcare industry booms in response to the pandemic. Same business but incorporating different industries. We call it diversification.
- Some Celebrities will fade while others will enormously gain.
- Smaller churches and religious leaders exposed to the expanse of online possibilities to minister to the sick and shut-in. No doubt they will venture out bench-marking those well known preachers. Competition rampant even among churches? Yikes!
- World-wide Entertainment. The exposure of Digital media to those who didn’t have a clue of its existence (living in the dark ages, I’d say). Online movie-goers will expand into mobile users accompanying their musical mix. Expansion, expansion, expansion.
- Some parents… now introduced to the ‘joys‘ of home-schooling, will decide to do so as a way of life. Better Control and safety they’ll say.
- Some parents may even start their own school. Hmm …the exhilarated insight to new entrepreneurship!
- Lets not forget healthcare as more patients, workers, laissez faires will be more willing to use telemedicine! Yep! no more resistance to the doctor-on-call.
- Research and Development (R&D) will speed up provided they have the investment/ financial funding.
- Record numbers of census sign-ups…never seen before?
- Real Estate will see increased number of interests from homeowners who will want a dedicated space to work at home. Four bedroom anyone?
- More will be willing to purchase their dream cars online. Oh the delights to test-drive and return later for a better ride
- Some barbers and hairdressers will lose business as clients will try to do their hair at home. Yep! Mistakes get better with time.
- Other Masters of hair-care will expand as they become more mobile or more flexible… trying this, that, or the other.
- Virtual meetings will soar as those who didn’t know become exposed and be bold enough to experience the joys of technology …the virtual enabler.
- E-commerce will soar making virtuality a normality for sure
- Oh and what of governments, policies, and politics? We’ll leave that for you to explore.
- Individualized self-discovery, and willingness to learn will explode, giving rise to
- The escalation in anything new as we innovate, innovate, innovate!
Tons more will rise but for now it’s your turn. Any changes you have noticed that you would like to add? Do share. We would love to hear!
Friyay! Yay! Every-day-a-Friday! Thank-God-it’s-Friday! All popular BC. Yep! Before Corona. The virus. Before the world became infected with the silence that’s so deafening. Questions prevail. What is Corona? How do we avoid? Will it ever leave? Panicked? Curious? Hopeful? Wash hands. Change clothes. Sanitize. Clean. Clean. Clean.
Now with remote work everyone is at home…but quarantined. Yikes! That’s not what we were thinking? Every-day-a-Friday meant being able to stay home, enjoy life, work when you want, go on vacations, long days at the beach soaking up the sun, time with friends and family… simply lounging around doing only what you want to do.
So what happened to Friday? For now its here everyday…though employers watch closely in the distance. Workers, co-workers, family feel more relaxed, yet hopefully more productive as work gets done in a more ‘soothing’ environment.
Tell it to Our Hearts
Tell it to our hearts. With kids at home away from school…maybe that’s not what we meant when we said every-day-a-Friday.
Hold strong. This too shall pass and our real Fridays will return. In the meantime, wash your hands. Keep safe.
Either you run the day or the day runs you.
In a public forum, renowned author Seth Godin asked professionals to share their approach to working remotely. Here are a excerpts of their responses I gleaned as they thunderously chimed in.
- Create a designated working space with everything in reach.
- Deep work in the morning. Lighter work in afternoon.
- Go outside at least once a day
- Divide time into 30 minute segments, making sure a task is attached to each. Regular short breaks, food.
- Stick to a schedule and treat self to a half hour sitcom during lunch. A good lunch keeps mindset light.
- I work from home but my husband doesn’t. Feel like my space is being invaded a little. I always stick to a routine and make sure I dress as though I’m leaving the house. That helps my mindset a lot.
- Shower and dress well. Focus on one (only one) major item to accomplish that day.
- Act as if you are in an office. Dress, voice and stature. Be even more engaged by email and on calls ideally video. Make presence felt virtually. Do brief turn-the-chair around update chats by messenger and quick zoom call.
- How can some (e.g. a dentist) work from home? In response to this question personally I say, plan, strategize future business and/or personal goals.
- Do breathing exercises and make sure environment working in isn’t distracting.
- Take one hour shift with partner to manage young kids home from school.
- Eat lunch with friends over video calls.
- Set up own schedule and share with friends to chat when not working
- Building a machine learning model.
- No prototype…no work meeting. Have a tangible artifact to collaborate on or review
- The one thing I appreciate is that I can work from home (and thinking of those who cannot).
- More focused… meaning work gets done earlier than disruptions in office (i.e. called to meetings, discussions etc). Then Netflix to end the day.
- This is a time to reflect, learn and innovate.
- Bought flowers this week. Brightens the view on a rainy day
- Made office space private and more organized. When door closed, no one bothers.
- Set a goal that you can meet each day that will help you feel accomplished at the end of the day. Oh… and talk to someone each day about something other than work. Social distancing does not mean social isolation.
Any missing that you would like to add? Do share. We would love to hear!