Remaining Productive During the Pandemic
It seems every American is impacted by the rapid spread of this novel virus. The White House and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have issued guidance for slowing the spread of COVID-19 but, what can we do to minimize the disruption it has caused? Let’s explore some practical ways we can keep things moving in the right direction.
- Pivot – Like a basketball player who pivots on one foot to find someone open, we can retain our core strengths but think creatively about how to execute in new ways. Many of the major internet access providers are lifting data caps during this crisis, and there is a wide variety of videoconferencing and content sharing tools available for remote workers.
- Collaborate – We can brainstorm with our colleagues to identify ways to join forces and create collaborative solutions to our current challenges. A solid project and access to other professionals like yourself can help keep your mind occupied in a healthy way.
- Upskill – We can use this time to improve. Remember that certification that you were going to pursue before life got in the way? Now may be a good time to broaden your skillset with credit-bearing self-paced or virtual courses.
- Reskill – What did we say about training for a new role? No time. No thanks. When things are normal, we may not have had the time or inclination to learn new skills. But, with the level of disruption we are experiencing now, this just might be the perfect time to learn a new way to contribute.
- Unify – In times of crisis, clear communication is vital. We need to know that we are not alone and that we are committed to working together to overcome our challenges. What can we do to provide moral support to those around us?
- Encourage – Why is it that people who survive tragedies often consider every new day to be a gift? They do things that they’ve always wanted to do. They make sure that the people around them know how they feel. Let’s use that power of positivity to encourage the people around us.
- Persevere – Sometimes, we have to follow guidelines and directives that we may not fully understand or appreciate. Regardless of our perceptions, we must persevere and meet expectations to our best ability and support the efforts of others.
- Innovate – When doing things ‘the right way’ is not possible, we may need to get creative and explore other ways to produce the desired outcome. Use this time to engineer alternatives to your normal operations that not only meet expectations but exceed them.
Management Concepts is here to support your training and human capital needs in any way we can. We hope these suggestions help you continue to pursue your mission and optimize productivity during this difficult time. Stay safe.
Natalie Komitsky is the Content Marketing Manager at Management Concepts. For more than ten years, she has been creating compelling content that tells stories, communicates ideas, and captivates readers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Nonfiction Writing, and Editing from George Mason University.