Nobody saw the effect that COVID-19 would have on everyone across the world. Not very many people predicted that five-months later we would still be in a state of uncertainty. Most people thought we would be ‘locked into’ our home offices for a couple of months. It was a novelty to be ‘just down the hall’ from work. Zoom and MS Teams was interesting at first.
But here we are. Still uncertain about what’s next. Still wondering: “When will this ever end?”
And now I am seeing a new challenge for all of us. Zoom fatigue is real. Individual and team engagement has never been this collectively low. On a large scale I am seeing people not exercising enough, not eating properly, not getting good quality sleep, and generally going through their day like they have ‘low grade depression.’
Michelle Obama recently said on the second episode of her podcast: “These are not, they are not fulfilling times, spiritually. I know that I am dealing with some form of low-grade depression.” She talked about the reason being the pandemic, racial injustice, and political hypocrisy.
She is not alone. Employees are feeling it too – whether they are at work or working from home.
Here’s my list of things to focus on:
We will get through this. There will be a time in the future when we look back on this and see how this is making you stronger and wiser as a leader.
Robert Murray is a Vancouver, BC based Business Strategy Consultant, #1 Best Selling Author, International Keynote Speaker, and TEC Top Speaker of the Year for 2018. For further advice, insight and inspiration on how to unlock your inner leader, follow Robert on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.
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