“This is not the year to get everything you want. This is the year to appreciate everything you have.”
- Author Unknown
2020 has been one hell of a year. C-19 seemed to overshadow everything and anything that happened – whether you got married, had a baby, changed jobs or moved to a new house… Our most notable memory of 2020 will be “the year of the plague”.
Every person I speak to says the same thing – “2020 was sh**!” And I don’t disagree! However, if we take a moment, there were in fact some positives the pandemic gave us. And in the spirit of gratitude, let us remember that there have been a number of blessings to count…
#1 Covid has changed the way we work
The pandemic has wreaked havoc on our global economy, our psychological well-being, for some our physical health and so much more. However, when we were (are still?) required to work from home, a lot of feedback received was how much more productive one was able to be.
Now, this certainly did not include the period where we were all locked in with our kids (I, for one, thought I was going to lose my marbles trying to home-school AND work). However, as we have settled into our new groove, and a lot of companies are still encouraging us to work from home, most of us have settled into a new routine. Sure, we may miss the chats at the coffee machine, or the time travelling to our work destinations whilst listening to our favourite podcasts. However, by removing the gaps where we needed to “kill time”, we have had the opportunity to refocus this time and energy on being a bit more productive.
Business, too, have recognized that employment is no longer about “owning” your employee for eight hours a day. Working professionals have proved themselves, demonstrating our competency to self-manage, and still be productive.
#2 Our client’s expectations have shifted
I am not sure about you, but our clients here at Holistan have had a shift in their expectations. One short year ago, the readily agreement to an online meeting was unheard of. Workshops, consultations, assessment administrations and coaching have all been offered in the online space – and even with the relaxation of restrictions, clients have recognized that it is far easier to hop on a Zoom call than book the boardroom for a meeting.
This has been such a massive positive for Holistan, that our entire offering has now shifted to online. We no longer have an official business premises, although still had still offered our market the opportunity to book a face to face consult if needed. However, the clients who have taken us up on that has been minimal.
#3 Business has become scalable
With the appetite and acceptance of the online forum, business can scale beyond our continental borders.
Distance does not appear so far anymore and working with people across the globe does not feel quite so alien.
#4 Life can become more balanced
We mention that life CAN become more balanced – not that it HAS. There’s reason to believe plenty of us are working far harder than we have before, for a variety of reasons.
However, if we are firm in putting up boundaries and utilizing our time more effectively, we could have a lot more balance in our lives.
We can fetch our children from school, attend a gym class and even catch up with a friend over a cup of coffee.
#5 There are (new) opportunities
Covid caused a lot of heartache with the loss of jobs, reduced household incomes, and contracts. Various sectors, such as aviation, hospitality, and tourism, have and continue to be targeted.
However, beyond all the upheaval, there has been a culmination of new opportunities. Business has recognized the imperative of having a digital footprint and offering. E-commerce has blown up, and logistics is thriving.
Service based industries such as Virtual Personal Assistants are flourishing, and even professionals wanting to find employment abroad before leaving their home countries are finding it easier to secure interviews, due to the appetite for online encounters.
This post by no means discredits the massive ramifications we have suffered at the hands of this global pandemic. However, it is important for our mental health to recognize our plight and adapt to our surroundings. One of the best buffers for apathy, demotivation and even the early onset of depression is to adapt to our environment, and work with what we have.
Holistan, for one, has become a 100% online business now as of 1 December 2020. All consultations are offered in the online space. We were forced to trial this during our hard lock downs in South Africa and adapting to it has been so beneficial we have decided to keep things as is.
What ONE positive have you taken from your experience from the Corona Virus Pandemic?
- By, Marzenna Almendro (Registered Psychometrist, Certified Coach, Thought Leader)
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