The pandemic is forcing us to self-isolate at a global level, and that has many, many consequences: from financial problems and fear of getting the disease, to the mere fact that we have to separate from others. We are social beings by nature, people who thrive when in a community and form clans everywhere we go, but we’re now forced to keep contact to the minimum and socialize online, driven by the instinct to survive and preserve our species —even though we might feel like going for a walk or eating out.
There are different realities: some people can’t work from home, so they have lots of free time; others don’t have a formal job and can’t leave their house anyway; and a third group that can still work remotely, which I’m going to focus on today. We can see the consequences of the lockdown: our everyday life has changed, both on a personal and work-related level, without exclusions. This is why today, for every snag, we suggest different ways to ease the burden.
Four Ways to Face Lockdown in Times of a Pandemic
- Time Management
Now that we know how others live, we may realize that prioritizing and organizing our activities is difficult for everyone. People who live alone are sometimes so overwhelmed that they overwork or go online at random times, seeking virtual contact. On the other hand, we have people who live with their partners or their families, and who are constantly punishing themselves for not being as productive as they would like to be. If it helps, we should all know that:
We aren’t doing home office; we’re doing everything we can to keep on working in very peculiar times.
To manage our working time better, it might be useful to assign a certain number of hours to each specific task (meetings, goals for the working day, active breaks, contact with workmates, finishing the working day adequately) and not to forget about ourselves as human beings.
- Basic Habits
Many people have seen changes in their sleeping, eating or leisure habits. It seems that the brain doesn’t migrate from one state to the next: we’re replying to an email (in a state of reactive thinking) while cooking (creative state) and we just do everything at the same time; hence, the mental exhaustion is higher, and with that comes weariness and lack of concentration. In this sense, the idea to keep ourselves active and healthy is:
Being able to structure our day as much as possible: we should make the bed, take off our pajamas, have a shower and get dressed, so that our mind feels that we haven’t abandoned our usual rhythm.
We should also try and rest well, try and eat at least four meals, and spend some time playing, watching series or reading social media, to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
- Uncertainty About The Future
What will happen when all of this is over? That’s the million-dollar question right now. People might spend minutes or even hours going back and forth between ideas and theories that don’t do anything but make them feel anxious. We must know that, in times like this, we need to let go of the fantasy that we have total control over everything. That means:
One day at a time, taking control over what we can actually decide and over the things we can really influence.
That way, we’re sure to achieve the emotional balance we need
- Worries About The Disease
I’m sure some of you have already thought about the possibility of having to take a Covid-19 test or going to hospital because you feel you have some of the symptoms. It’s normal to fear getting the disease, and the only way to mitigate the fear is to use it as motivation to avoid being exposed to the virus:
We need to stay at home to promote self-isolation, adopt more control measures and also implement them when we go out to do some shopping.
It’s also useful to confront fear with reality: I’m at home, I’m taking care of myself, I’m doing what I can not to spread the disease.
What Are We Doing at intive?
intive implemented 100% remote working as soon as the first measures were taken in the country to mitigate the spread of the disease. That allowed us all to understand the importance of taking care of ourselves and our families, and it also prevented us from being exposed to the virus from the very first moment it appeared in Argentina.
Now that it’s compulsory to work remotely and we’ve been doing it full time for several weeks, from the area of People Management, we are organizing daily meetings with subareas of Recruiting, BHR and PA (at first, we did it internally) to gain visibility on what we’re doing and keep on promoting the team work that characterizes us.
On the other hand, we developed and executed a plan to have direct contact with every intiver, so as to know how they’re dealing with this situation, listen actively to their concerns, remind them that we’re here for them, and agree on institutional improvements for this challenge we have to face today.
We’re also working on letting everybody know about our present circumstances, which vary daily, because we know that clear, frequent communication is the best way to deal with our reality.
Being able to have spaces, such as this Blog, to offer information and recommendations about remote working or self-isolation is also a way to support each other and contribute to every intiver’s well-being.
Every day, we remind intivers about the importance of taking care of themselves and their loved ones, so that we can keep on doing what we love. People Management, as well as the company’s leaders, has opened communication channels to answer questions and clear up any doubt that may arise.
What about you? How are you dealing with the whole thing?