The past 7 months have been difficult for all of us. For leaders, it’s been especially challenging. How do I keep my team motivated and engaged in this environment? Will we be able to keep going? When is this going to end?
How do I lead effectively and model calmness and resilience when I have more questions than answers?
Just like when there’s trouble on a flight, when the oxygen masks drop, put yours on first to be better able to help others with theirs. Here’s how.
Be self-aware. Are you taking care of yourself physically and mentally? Be sure you are getting enough sleep, practicing some form of daily exercise, and eating healthy. Make time to do something that feeds your soul.
Draw boundaries. For many of us, working at home for the past 7 months has erased the line between work and home. As much as possible, have a clear and consistent start and end to your workday. Share the parameters with your team and suggest they do the same.
Vary the medium. Mitigate Zoom fatigue by holding some meetings via conference call (no video!). And take some time to evaluate whether all those Zoom meetings are really necessary. Can the information be shared via email? Can 2 short Zoom meetings be consolidated into one (not-more-than-an-hour) meeting?
Get support. Many of us are working fulltime at home with kids who are also learning at home, or younger kids at home due to childcare constraints. Consider adjusting your schedule, if possible, to relieve some of the burden. Also, some childcare centers are opening back up under strict health and safety protocols, which may be an option.
Seek help. These are troubling times. A pandemic. The related financial impact. Civil unrest. An election. Even the upcoming holidays can be stressful for many, especially since they will probably have to look a bit different this year. Many organizations have an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that provides counseling.
If you are a leader – or have a leader in your organization – who is struggling in this current challenging environment, you may want to consider one of ConnecttoHR’s Executive Coaching packages. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.