As the weeks drag on, it can sometimes be a struggle to remember what day it is. For some, time has lost its sense of urgency. With no end in sight, it can get even more daunting for those who feel trapped within their walls.

How does one provide hope at a time when the media focuses on the grim and sometimes gruesome reality? Yes, there are stories of gratitude and upliftment, but are they short-lived?

We recognize that working from home can provide relief in the manner of having something to focus on but how do we keep up the momentum from day to day?
First of all, let’s take a moment to recognize that it is okay to have bad days, even inevitable. But the bounce back is critical.

For those in positions of leadership, finding ways to keep in touch with team members and providing outlets can sometimes be tricky – how to balance between overboard and indifferent. Some may even say, why is that my responsibility? I am their boss, not their best friend. Ahhh, here’s the reason why…

When we recognize that we are all in this together, that it is our job as part of humanity, to lift each other when we are down, to show a glimmer of hope on this path when there doesn’t seem to be one, that is when we will move forward together, not just as organizations, but as one humanity.

So, what can we do as leaders?

  • Have weekly check-ins (1 on 1s and whole company)
  • Share some virtual High 5’s (thanks to Simon Sinek and his team for that idea)
  • Have theme days (be it pajama day, crazy hair day or share your favourite choice of footwear day – thanks to Cisco for that idea)
  • Friday afternoons are a great day for ending the week with some fun virtual game time (have team members share 2 unique facts about themselves and everyone has to guess who or have a group singalong)
  • Hump day (mid week) can be a great time to have everyone share a feel good story that they heard about
  • Start the day off with a great quote showing positivity (rotate the role among team members)
  • Make use of webcams as often as possible – seeing a smile goes a long way!
  • Find time at the beginning of the week to ground each other with 2 minutes of mindfulness (another great idea from Simon Sinek’s team)
  • Share fun things that you do in your downtime with each other (taking time for a break, or oasis as Dave Crenshaw suggests, can help to rejuvenate you and make you more productive)
  • Find a way that the team can collaboratively help others in need (creating care packages, donating items to those in need, spreading messages of hope, etc)
  • Let team members know that you recognize that they are doing their best and there may be days that they aren’t as productive

“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.”- Thich Nhat Hanh

Let’s recognize that each one of us is responding to this crisis in different ways. We all have our own struggles, whether it is having to take care of other family members (including pets) or dealing with financial, health or emotional issues. Yet, there are many ways we can provide hope to each other.

Please feel free to comment below on what you and your organization are doing to help each other get through these tough times.