For many of us, the COVID-19 pandemic is perhaps the biggest life-changing event that we have faced. This pandemic has caused the shutdown of schools and colleges, cancellations of sporting events, and job losses for many people. The coronavirus has also led to a significant decline in the world’s financial markets, decreasing the value of people’s investments and retirement funds. COVID is also impacting individuals and families creating feelings of isolation, anxiety, and fear about the future. Looking towards the positive side there is a lot to thank for, and when we are going through these difficult times let’s take a few moments to bask in the silver lining and have a look at the mixed blessings which employees in the organization feel are the positives in these tough times.
The gift of resilience, employees believe is an outcome of this crisis. A gift that is as valuable to a business as it is to its employees. Research examined by Harvard Business Review shows that those who are the most intimately exposed to suffering benefit from higher resilience levels, and — specifically for the workforce — the more changes one absorbs, such as layoffs or furloughs, sheltering in place and change in work hours, the more resilient one becomes.
With social distancing the social connections with the help of video conferencing, instant messaging apps, social media etc. enabled virtual collaborations and even virtual happy hours. Thus, maintaining the feelings of social belonging and camaraderie during this tough time. A Boston Consulting Group (BCG) study analysing employee sentiment on workplace changes brought on by Covid-19 found that U.S. employees who reported satisfaction with social connectivity with their colleagues were approximately 3.2 times more likely to say they were as productive or more productive than they were pre-Covid-19.
And last but not the least the Employers are clearly doing the right things at a time when people need all the positivity and support, they can get by showing their gratitude and care towards the employees, by celebrating small wins, by supporting the families of deceased employees, by connecting with all the employees and spreading a message of their support and care.
The blessings are innumerable and the only way to stay positive is to count them and believe this shall too pass.
Closing with a few lines from a song ‘Count your blessings’ composed by JR Hutson and Johnson Oatman Jr.
When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.
Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.
Dr.Shweta Lalwani, HOD, School of Management, SPSU
https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbeshumanresourcescouncil/2020/11/30/count-your-business-blessings-theres-actually-a-lot-to-be-grateful-for-this-thanksgiving/?sh=72d80bfe3d07What Really Makes Us Resilient? (hbr.org)