Ease tough situations with humanity

Globally, we are facing a challenge right now with the coronavirus pandemic. Every day, there is more and more news about the impacts the virus is having on our health care system, economy, and communities. Whether you are quarantined or simply holding steady for a few days in self-isolation out of an abundance of caution, a remote setting quickly becomes lonely. And that’s why it is critical for companies, managers and executives in times of crisis to work even harder to not lose connection with each other, to not lose that human touch.

This is an important mindset to keep as many of our businesses have moved online. Last week, I provided some insight into how to effectively manage telework – maintaining communication and ensuring employees are equipped with the right tools. This week, I’m focusing on how to alleviate some of the stress of the situation.

In a new post on Forbes, executive coach John Baldoni outlines how humor can help leaders navigate these uncertain times, reminding us that “leaders need to be vigilant about the emotional needs of their employees.”

This isn’t to make light of the situation we’re in. Rather, taking time to make jokes with your direct reports, share funny or cute videos, or engage in light, non-work-related chats reminds us of the good in life. It refocuses our mind on the positives.

 

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