Whether it’s transitioning to remote work, or adjusting our everyday habits, transitions have become a commonplace occurrence over the last several weeks due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
However, as common as they are, transitions can take their toll on you and your team. Fatigue, burnout and a sense dissatisfaction are some of the consequences that may arise from not acknowledging the stress associated with transitions. The following tips will help you navigate challenging transitions as well as guiding your team as they adapt to the circumstances.
Remember Times When You’ve Successfully Managed Transitions
Oftentimes we are unaware of our own strength and we need to be reminded of it. Whenever you, or a member or your team, feel overwhelmed by a transition, think of times when you have successfully faced a challenge. This will help you realize that you have all the resources you need to manage a transition.
Understand That Stress Is Normal Under These Circumstances
Don’t compound your stress with a sense of guilt because you think you should be stronger or more resilient. Stress is completely normal under the current circumstances. Expecting stress and accepting it as an understandable reaction will help you deal more easily with it. At the same time, this attitude will increase your empathy toward the members of your team who may feel overburdened by stress.
Be Realistic With Your Expectations
Accept that your expectations may be out of whack. And this is not due to any mistake on your part, but because it’s hard to realize that our standards should change under the current circumstances. It’s commendable to expect a certain level of performance from you or your team. However, if the situation is not normal, why should your expectations stay the same? Be compassionate with yourself and others, and make reasonable adjustments to avoid unnecessary stress.
Take Action and Hit the Ground Running
Accepting stress doesn’t mean that you should submit to it. Allow yourself some time to process anxiety but be proactive as well. Prepare for any future transition and ensure that you hit the ground running. Depending on the type of challenge, you can prepare for it by reading material online, watching tutorials or creating a checklist. Taking action is a great way to relieve stress. Additionally, knowing that you are prepared will increase your sense of competence, which is a great asset during a transition.
More Resources to Face Transitions During COVID-19
We have covered extensively the way in which the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting businesses. Below you will find some posts you may find useful to manage through transitions during COVID-19.
- Communication with your team is key during a crisis.
- The pandemic has exposed how easy is to interrupt supply chains. Here’s how to make them more resilient.
- Maintaining a strong business culture is one of the greatest challenges for business during this time.
- These are some common coronavirus scams you should be aware of.
- Take advantage of these tips to deal with coronavirus-related stress.
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