COVID-19: Preparing for the future
A series of articles developed by the Global Mobility team to help guide you and organization.
We previously covered our journey through the Crisis Management stage. Our next stop along the COVID-19 curve is Inaction, a critical, yet many times, overlooked or under-appreciated response.
At this point, everyone is tired of sheltering in place and may have transitioned from experiencing on the job-related stress to new, home and virtual work-related stressors. This creates a situation where it is impossible to compartmentalize our work and personal lives, contributing to a sense of fatigue and even burnout. You’re tired of fixing. You’re tired of doing. You just want to stop.
Inaction may also represent a feeling of being disenfranchised with social, economic, and even organizational responses to the pandemic at hand.
Within HR/Mobility roles, you’ve spent your time taking care of others, concentrating on the physical and psychological well-being of your employees and their families, while neglecting or putting yourself, your job, family, friends, etc. second.
Having just moved through fast-paced, relentless Crisis Management, it’s natural to need a break. These new stressors, the lack of personal care, and the shock of adjusting to a new normal have led to a feeling of overload, and one where doing nothing may seem enticing.
We want you to understand that Inaction is critical to moving forward. It centers on self-reflection and an internal desire to assess and reorganize thoughts, feelings, and actions.
Keep in mind: Inaction is only a pause, a moment in time, and gives each of us a chance to reflect on the past and prepare ourselves for the future. Inaction is not apathy or laziness, it’s recharge.
While we believe that this phase is one that each individual within the organization will experience on their own terms, it’s also a key tipping point in your journey along the COVID Curve and a point where you can either move forward into Realization or regress into Fear.
And it is this tipping point that makes Inaction key to your future success within the organization. Now is the time to help individuals move quickly through this phase with the right leadership and communication to emerge re-energized and emerge stronger.
Because of Inaction’s critical role and its differing effect on people, we have re-aligned our checklist to concentrate on you, your team, your mobile workforce, the businesses you support, and your vendors. This checklist is about focusing on the human connection.