COVID-19 has caused many professionals in metalcasting to feel anxious and overwhelmed. How can you keep morale high during the pandemic? We all have to work extra hard to stay motivated and encouraged during these challenging times.
One way to keep spirts high during the pandemic is to participate in community building. Consider ways you can support the members of your community right now. For example, you could order food for healthcare professionals and have it delivered to hospitals, or purchase gift cards from local businesses. Doing little acts of kindness that help you community will give you a sense of purpose and make you feel less isolated during the quarantine.
Some professionals in metalcasting have been able to work remotely, but obviously most cannot. Find ways to continue bonding with your coworkers, whether that means text messaging throughout the day, video chatting at the start of each day, or engaging in interactive activities. The more you interact with your colleagues, the more it will feel like you are still part of a team. Luckily, there are a lot of tech tools out there that make communicating remotely easy, such as Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, and Slack.
Allow Yourself Flexibility
Your morale will tank if you don’t establish realistic expectations for yourself. You can’t expect that you will be able to perform in the same way you would normally perform. If you’re working from home during the quarantine, you will likely experience more distractions than you’re used to. Even if you’re not working remotely, most of us have added stress during the work day due to the pandemic. Don’t obsess over things you have no control over. Instead, take a look at your day and living situation and figure out a schedule and workplace that optimizes your productivity. When things come up that affect your work, like children or other responsibilities, allow yourself to be flexible.
Don’t Overwork Yourself
You may feel the need to take on extra responsibility during the quarantine to show leadership you can perform well in a stressful situation; however, you don’t want to take on more than you can chew. You likely have more on your to-do-list now, and anxiety and stress is already high because of the virus. If you take on too much, you will find it difficult to stay positive and motivated. Instead establish priorities and focus on the tasks that are most important.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is going to be challenging to keep spirits high. You can help maintain morale by setting realistic expectations, staying connected to your team members, allowing yourself room to be flexible, and showing your support for your community.
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