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Level Up is a podcast for anyone interested in improving their leadership skills. The series is designed to help you get to know the leaders of Experian and gain insight into the skills needed to grow your career.
Times are hard navigating life with something we’re not very familiar with at all: the COVID-19 pandemic. A lot of us are making drastic changes to our work and home lives, and we know that this can take a toll physically and mentally, so today’s episode will be a short discussion about ways to cope during this period. For this episode, we spoke to Nora Cook, Experian HR Director and Business Partner, as well as the Executive Co-Sponsor for ASPIRE, Experian’s mental health and wellness employee resource group (ERG).
Here are some simple reminders as your work and home lives change in response to COVID-19:
Focus on the positive and on the things that are within your control.
With how uncertain and unstable everything seems right now, it’s easy to feel like things are completely out of your control. And while a lot of things are, it’s important to focus on the positive—on what you do have control over. You can’t control gyms being closed, but you can control the at-home workouts you do or the walks you go on. You can’t control being unable to gather in public, but you can control how often you want to video chat with loved ones. In times like these, it really becomes the little things. It’s okay to be scared and to talk about your fears, but remember to continue to actively try and move forward from them.
Have a dedicated space and time.
If you separate your work area from the rest of your home, it will be easier for you to feel like you’re entering and leaving work, and therefore easier for you to carve out your work hours and adhere to them. Too often, employees feel like they need to overcompensate with their hours due to the fact that they’re in the comfort of their home. Avoid overworking yourself by making sure your day starts and ends at a certain time and that when you leave work, you don’t see it for the rest of the day.
Make an effort to talk to colleagues about non-work things too.
It’s easy to get on a call or video chat with your colleagues and talk about nothing but work and the Coronavirus. But you should make a concerted effort to chat about fun things too—how the family is doing, what you’re watching on Netflix or Hulu, a funny meme you came across. Water cooler conversations aren’t any less important now that we’re working from home; having these fun and lighthearted interactions are what makes the stressors more bearable.
It’s a difficult time for everyone, and we are all still trying to adjust to this new normal. Remember to be patient with your colleagues, your family, your friends and most importantly, yourself. These are tough changes for a lot of people and your mental health may be put to the test while you’re expected to continue to exhibit high performance at work. Be patient with yourself and know that you aren’t expected to have all the answers at this moment.
We were so happy to have the opportunity to chat with Nora for Level Up.
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