The past year and a half has been a period of world-altering change. 

In this article, we’d like to go over some of the amazing ways business owners and leaders have shown resilience in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, and some of the ways you can improve if you or your business is still struggling. 

Mental Health in the Workplace

Though the COVID-19 virus attacks physical health, for many people the effect on their mental health has been equally devastating. 

Many people find themselves stuck in cycles of grief. Grief from losing freedom, opportunity, stability or even loved ones to the pandemic. 

For those leaders who are still struggling to manage their own mental health, we suggest the following:

  • Reach out and reconnect with your own circle. Build yourself a solid foundation. 
  • Use this crisis as an opportunity to reflect and grow.
  • Look at other leaders and follow their example in setting a calm and rational tone.

To organisations who are struggling: 

  • Think of your fundamental vision, mission and purpose. Consider why your business exists in the first place, the problem you’re there to solve and let that guide you.

Creating Clarity from Uncertainty 

Many leaders found people looking to them for answers they simply did not have.
Despite this, they had to figure out how to forge a way forward and pursue it confidently, because indecision was not an option. 

We applaud those who were able to CHOP the FEAR and forge ahead. They stuck to their guns and kept themselves: 

  • Clear Goals
  • Humble 
  • Optimistic (But Realistic)
  • Purpose-Driven (Not pressure-driven)

…using the tools of: 

  • Frequent Communication 
  • Examining the Needs of Your Team 
  • Authenticity
  • Repetition

Overcoming Obstacles

The biggest challenge many leaders were confronted with was not the situation itself, but how they viewed it. 

How we view things is how we do things. If you see the pandemic as nothing but a catastrophe – your mindset is going to be very different from someone who also views it as an opportunity. 

Consider the following if you still need help reframing your own problems: 

  • Talking to people with an outside perspective
  • Really probing issues instead of just assuming their meaning or outcome. 
  • Crises always result in change, one way or another. Talk to all your stakeholders and figure out how you can turn it into positive change. 


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