Hello and welcome to the slightly late April Newsletter.
April proved to be yet another month that for many offered a degree of uncertainty coupled with the anxiety produced when we keep hearing alarming news about COVID-19: on the one hand there’s the optimism of the UK starting to ease out of lockdown, while on the other there’s the news of various countries around the world struggling with rising levels.
One of the things that arises at times like these is the need for more compassion, understanding and ultimately the need to be more ‘present’. Covid has affected everyone in a multitude of different ways and will continue to do so.
Not everyone will deal with the impact of the pandemic in the same way and it’s important to remember that when dealing with others. This is especially important in an organisational context as leaders, managers and supervisors etc as people start to return to work in some form.
It’s always helpful to keep empathy and kindness at the forefront when engaging with colleagues and team members but it’s even more important at times like this when stress and anxiety is maybe affecting people’s ability to function in the same way that they used to.
As we in the uk start to return to the new normal put wellbeing at the forefront...start by listening more, both by checking in on yourself and listening to others around you.
As a final note, you’ll notice that we’ve included links to three really good reports that we think are worth your time… enjoy!
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