The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to draw a line between services that are essential and non-essential. This forceful demarcation between the service providers of any kind has created an environment of uncertainty.
Individuals finding themselves on the non-essentials services list fear for their jobs. These fears are not unfounded; they originate from the fact that the pandemic has deeply affected how businesses operate and whether they can operate at all.
Whereas grocery, medicine, and other everyday needs businesses were high in demand, services like restaurants and other non-essential businesses faced the heat. When an employer is uncertain about the future, the employees will naturally fear for their own too.
It Doesn’t Have To Be Like This
Every service and business is essential. In this article, we will focus on creating a positive outlook for this situation and identify how to sustain employment in the pandemic.
Maintain your Mental Health
The fear of losing your job can be dreadful, no doubt. However, you must identify yourself as a person who is important and valued. All the bogging down and unpredictability troubles the mind and its ultimate effect is less than efficient work performance.
The fact that job cuts have happened during the pandemic cannot be ignored. However, the companies and service providers are already under a strain due to low demand. In this scenario, unproductive employees will be highlighted on performance sheets.
So, stay positive, be productive, and take care of your mental health while hoping that normalcy will return.
Augment your Network
Take this time to reassess your professional network and start connecting with others that can help you and you can help them. Consider your long term goals and connect with individuals who are already in your preferred industry.
Expanding your network will get two major things done, one you will get to know about any opportunities in your field of interest. Second, you will be exposed to better insights and knowledge pertaining to your field. Ultimately, you will be able to leverage from the network.
Benefit the Organization
It may be crude, but the truth is that companies value those employees who bring creativity and innovation. Bringing new ideas to the team can help your company walk through these difficult times. This will certainly increase your value.
Also, do not hold back on your good ideas, the key is to participate and take part in the brainstorming sessions. Almost every company is looking to adopt new and innovative approaches that will help them steam ahead.
In this scenario, not having any idea or input is not recommended. Employers need people who can help solve their pain points and bring something new to the table.
Know Thy Workplace
We always have a target company in mind. How many times do you dream about working in your dream organization? But do you know what they do and how they do everything? Make sure that you follow your potential employer on social media.
Even if you are not working with a company at present, take the time to understand how the company works. Understand their clients, who they work with, what are the pain points they are addressing.
All of this will help you be a learned candidate with higher potential and understanding about the company.
The Bottom Line
We all are in the same boat during the pandemic. However, it is essential to make an effort to keep a sense of normalcy.
This will help you gain control over the situation. Once you are in control of what you’re going to do in terms of your job prospects, you will feel a sense of relief.
Bring something new to the table. Start networking, create some ripples in your network, let people know you are ready to start your hustle again. You will be surprised at the results.