I'm at the start of my third week working from home, since we were told to by upper management. Being responsible for a group of more than 50 people, I thought it would be overwhelming.
In the beginning, it was. People were struggling hard to adapt, but we set up meetings in the early morning and late afternoon, encouraging everyone to show up in video rather than simply audio. Morale was grim and we could see people clearly demotivated. I felt demotivated as well and couldn't believe I was faced with a challenge that felt so much bigger than me.
I came to understand that more than ever, I would need to help and support others while caring for myself and my loved ones. I could help others cope with this situation, to listen, to show empathy and compassion and help others do the best with their own time, so they wouldn't feel like time has stopped for them.
I started researching Youtube Channels (Tom Bilyeu has incredible interviews) and reading the many, many incredible posts in this forum. Looking for guidance and wisdom, in this new reality, I rewatched inspiring and entertaining movies like our beloved Patch Adams, Cast Away with Tom Hanks and even the Martian with Matt Damon. Telling the stories (even though the latter two are fiction), of how people can find the will to go on in face of unbelievable odds. Of how simple acts of kindness make a world of difference when we have little to hold on.
After this time, I feel strangely stronger and more optimistic. Not because I improved, or became better or a better boss. Because I relied on my colleagues and on this forum for support, because I offered my ears and because I made the best with what I have. Because I told people to look up and remember that this is our chance to make the world a better place, even if it's to a small group of people around you. Each little action counts.
Dear Diary, I hope people find ways to help others, and to stay connected to their dearest ones, and to show appreciation and gratitude to those around you. It has been working for me, and for that I am grateful.
I hope this is helpful for you, we are together.