We all hoped that a good start this year 2020 will go on throughout the next quarters. But then, comes the unforeseen outbreak of COVID-19 where it gripped us all off-guard. We were nabbed by its colossal effect on our lives; no one was prepared accordingly for its coming. Every business, big and small, coped in facing this great demand for restructuring to withstand from a vast recession and ramp-up from their losses. Our customary daily lives abruptly shifted and the need to adapt to it is deemed vital.
Aside from the strain and toxicity, this pandemic also forced us to rethink how we live our lives. Amid the difficulties caused by the restrictions, we are learning about the often forgotten virtue of gratitude. We may not be able to control what’s happening around, but we can always choose how to react to it. There’s always something to be grateful for even under stressful or hazardous conditions.
On a personal note, I am very grateful that our company (RAS) allowed us to keep our jobs in the comfort of our homes so we can still provide food on the table while keeping ourselves safe from the virus. RAS remained considerate to their employees while keeping their promise of everyone’s health and welfare as their top priority. Some even greater realizations came instantly to me while social distancing and staying from home. Here is some food for thought:
- Good health. Nothing compares to having the assurance that you and your family are all well especially in this pandemic situation. Most of us have been keener in maintaining excellent hygiene. Proper hand-washing has become a vital component of survival nowadays. We have grown more careful in choosing healthier meals and keeping a regular intake of vitamins.
- Job security. In these tough times, where nothing ahead will ever be certain, we should be more than grateful to retain our job and still be able to provide for our families. We are working in the comfort of our own homes where we can keep ourselves and the whole family from catching the virus. And even if you’re working onsite, remain grateful, for you can still bring food to the table at all costs. Additionally, a lot of clients will seek our unhampered services now more than ever. Thus, trust that your manager vouched for you; knowing that your dedication and skills are what the organization needs most at this time.
- More sleep. The work from home setting freed us all from a tiresome routine. Now, we can spend more time with our beds! We neither need to wake up as early as 6 in the morning nor prepare for work like we used to. Now, a 5 to 10-minute spare time to getting ready for work is more than enough! We can even have power naps during our 15-minute breaks.
- Travel-free work. Running to work, either via public transport or private service, becomes more exhausting with unpredictable traffic congestion. However, with the work-from-home setting, you can get to your workstation in less than 20 steps away! You can even have an extra 5 minutes to prepare yourself a cup of coffee and a supplementary 5 minutes to breathe some air and do a little stretching before the hustle. After office hours, you could read your favorite book or watch your favorite Netflix series right away while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate drink instead of spending more than 1 and a half hours of travel time just to get back home.
- More productive day. During remote work, we can do more activities than when we’re working onsite. In my experience, I can load the laundry in the washing machine and leave it to do its work while talking to my candidates for an urgent job opening. I can water the plants during 15-minute breaks and make sure they’re getting enough sunlight that they need. On some days, I can even do my skincare routine while setting up an interview at the same time. We have more time now for other errands and even more delightful time for ourselves to enjoy. Multitasking at its finest.
- Discover new ideas and hobbies. To get rid of boredom while staying at home, most of us have resorted to fresh ideas and crafts. Since very limited restaurants are operating at this time, some have discovered the ingredients of their favorite dishes and get to enjoy it with their loved ones, too. Even salons haven’t opened for quite some time now, so some tried DIY haircut and even DIY hair-dyeing (which I did!). Others started their home-exercise routines to keep their bodies in shape despite the absence of gyms.
- More time with the family. We don’t have to wait for weekends till we get to spend time with our families. We don’t need to check with them on the phone to make sure they’re okay. Now, we can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even midnight snacks together.
Moreover, different organizations have elevated their management and services while keeping the environment of remote work productive and fun. The pandemic has heightened the dependence of most of us on services from the tech industry’s biggest companies while advancing trends. Here are some of the advancements of digitalization that most of us are experiencing and enjoying:
- Cloud Data Computing. Traditional own data organization is finally phasing out as cloud data organization rapidly paves its way in the business industry. For companies managing their internet infrastructures, cloud computing makes it easier.
- Teleconferencing. Urgent conference meetings, team huddles, and even job interviews are never a hassle now despite the remote work set-up because web/video conferences have abruptly emerged and millions of companies have patronized it.
- e-Shopping and e-Banking. We do not have to rush to the grocery store while worrying about the virus we may catch outside. Thanks to our e-Commerce enterprises who have tripled their efforts for a quality service just to cater to our needs while containing the further spread of COVID-19. Money transfers and bill payments turned digitalized, too, and it seems like we’re moving toward a paperless community.
These are just some of the many other positive things we could be grateful for despite this pandemic situation. Let’s start looking at the things that we have than those that we don’t. “Gratitude is the virtue of rejoicing in what is…an effective antidote to many destructive emotions.” (Comte-Sponville, 2002.) One of my personal favorite movie lines goes, “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.” Cultivate the habit of being grateful. After all, you have no silver linings without a cloud. Look at the bright side of life and choose to be happy.
Stay at home and keep safe!
-Grace E., Executive Recruitment Consultant