Dealing with Anxiety in Today’s Turbulent Business

Okay, so besides the normal day-to-day hustle and immense stress of the work environment in the modern world, we have a pandemic to contend with and we don’t know for how long.

Unfortunately, dealing with anxiety has become somewhat of a normal part of work life for many individuals today. Although this problem is not necessarily a new phenomenon, there are certain aspects of modern times that have served to exacerbate the issue.

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Due to our being so connected through the internet, social media and other forms of media, workers today are not only exposed to the issues in their immediate work environment. Instead, we are shown all of the bad things taking place across the entire nation. Furthermore, we are expected to juggle so many more responsibilities at one time, all while being as productive as possible.

Although anxiety certainly varies in intensity and frequency from employee to employee, there are a few ways to deal with the problem that are beneficial for anyone experiencing this issue.

 

This article intends to discuss a few of these techniques in order to alleviate some of your anxiety, hopefully improving your performance and overall quality of life.

Live in the Moment

Although it may seem obvious when stated, the only point in time in which you will EVER exist is right now. Ironically, most of us dedicate the bulk of our mental energy into the past or future. Anxiety is great at causing us to replay past mistakes in our head and constantly worry about things that have yet to occur.

A big part of dealing with anxiety is to live in the moment. This means focusing all of your physical and mental energy on what is going on right now. Not only does this simplify things for you, it also allows you to get the most performance out of your limited time.

Trying to deal with your entire past and future on a constant basis makes it virtually impossible to appreciate what is right in front of you.

Control What You Can Control

The truth is, many of the issues causing anxiety in your life are beyond your control. This includes global and community issues as well as problems in your personal life.

What you need to realize is that the weight of the world is NOT on your shoulders, even though it can certainly seem like it at times. Anxiety tells you that you should be worried about solving problems that are way out of your hands.

In reality, focusing on-the-job issues that you actually have the ability work on and to resolve is a much healthier response to a problem-filled situation.

It’s Okay to Not Feel Okay

Another side effect of anxiety is a feeling of isolation. People experiencing anxiety on a routine basis tend to feel like they are the only employees dealing with this issue.

Because of this perspective, we often feel like everyone else is much happier than we are, like we won’t be accepted by associates if anyone else knew the extent of our anxiety. It is so important to realize that this is far from the truth.

Everyone on your team is experiencing some degree of anxiety or mental hang up. You are far from alone. Don’t feel like you have to perform your tasks acting as if everything is okay when it isn’t.

Get Help if You Need it

Finally, if your anxiety is something you are having trouble dealing with on your own, then don’t! There is absolutely nothing wrong with reaching out to HR and even seeking professional help for this issue. Ironically, our society welcomes getting help for even minor physical ailments but acts as if doing the same for a serious mental issue is taboo.

Consider this, if you had the flu, you would most certainly seek the appropriate doctor to take care of it. Why would you not seek a doctor that is medically trained in alleviating mental health issues if you are dealing with anxiety?

There is help out there, get it if you need it!

Finding Hope during the Pandemic

There is a lot of uncertainty these days, whether in our work environment, financial affairs or in our changing and unsteady political climate. The strategies that most of us rely on to contend with such uncertainty tend to be self-defeating. When we face an uncertain future we often resort to feeling anxious, worrying, complaining, or being negative about events that may never occur.

But some employees rise to meet these uncertain times with hope and resilience. We need to develop such attitudes if we want to be successful in the face of COVID’s ups and downs.

What does having hope mean? Think of how you handle difficult situations. Do you offer platitudes like, “I hope everything will work out”? Unfortunately, this is just a way of disengaging or checking out of a difficult situation. True hope comes from a source much deeper – your core. At your core, there are vital qualities that help to determine how much hope you yourself feel, as well as what you can offer to co-workers. Hope is an essential component in facing any type of uncertainty: from layoffs, to sickness, to working from home, and to the current state of the world.

Hope’s Primary Qualities
  • Strength – You draw from inner strength to tap into your personal powers.
  • Resilience – You bounce back when faced with setbacks and obstacles.
  • Optimism – You stay positive despite the challenges ahead of you.

The above qualities are the antithesis of pessimism, complaining, and worry. Rather than be self-defeatist, you can be strong, resilient, and optimistic, and in this way improve your self-esteem.

Hope is essential for handling a crisis but it can also serve as your core value on a daily basis. Uncertainty can arrive at any time, whether it appears in a personal issue, a business issue, a national event, or a global event. The situation doesn’t even necessarily need to be negative. It could be the uncertainty and excitement of getting a promotion.

Now, let’s take a closer look at the qualities that were mentioned above.

Strength

Most of us are all too willing to give away our power. Yet, what could be a more hopeless situation than being without power? This can happen in both business and personal relationships. You can find yourself going along with something you disagree with simply because you don’t have the strength or power to speak up.

Retaining power means that you can stand up for yourself, that you can overcome resistance, that you can turn a catastrophe into an opportunity. True strength is in the core of your being. It’s a quiet calm that isn’t disturbed by events or the turmoil of emotions.

Inner strength established self-power that will anchor, uplift, and encourage you.

Resilience

Here’s an outside-of-work example:  We often see the elderly celebrated in the media for reaching 100. They are always happy to share the secret to their long life. They all have different secrets, from a cigarette and a glass of whiskey every day, to 3 glasses of red wine a week.

The truth is that they didn’t win the gene pool lottery, nor were they immune to the woes of life. They were resilient. They faced hard times and bounced back, shook defeat off at every turn. Being resilient is the true secret to avoiding victimhood.

It isn’t about positive thinking. When we’re faced with sadness, it’s healthy to deal with sadness; when we lose a loved one, grief is natural.

Resilience and overcoming adversity comes from a strong sense of self.

Optimism

Society has taught us that life is difficult, that some struggle is the norm. Society wants us to believe that the safest place for us is behind a wall. In this environment, optimism seems foolish and unrealistic. Yet, when we meet people who are truly optimistic, we are jealous of their cheerfulness. Attitudes of pessimism, skepticism, and cynicism come from fear and distrust. Life can take care of itself, that’s the attitude of optimism.

Finding hope in uncertain times is easier than you think, it’s within you.

Federal Coronavirus Relief Packages and Stimulus

As of January 11, 2021, another round of Coronavirus relief and economic stimulus has been launched and is now ready for applications.

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Read more about what’s here.

Last week there were several new changes added that could affect you. Here’s what’s different this time around:

Download the application here.

Timeline of when you can apply:
  • Community financial institutions will be able to offer PPP Loans to first-time borrowers today, January 11, 2021.
  • Then, on Wednesday (January 13th), lenders can offer PPP loans to second-time borrowers.
  • The PPP program will open to all participating lenders shortly thereafter.

Loans probably won’t be approved same-day this time around, as lenders are taking more caution to approve lending and avoid fraud. This means that same-day approvals will be very unlikely this time around.

This additional support was built for small businesses. Who is eligible for what, exactly? Those businesses who:

  • Have less than 300 employees per physical location.
  • Business that have suffered revenue declines of more than 25 percent in any given quarter this year compared to last year
  • Qualified businesses can receive loans are up to $2 million
Minority-owned businesses and business located in a Low to Moderate Income Areas (LMI) are eligible for more support.
  • A low-income person is someone whose total annual income is 50% or less of the Area Median Income (AMI) or average income for the community where they live.
  • LMI geographies can be defined in many ways – city borders, county lines and zip codes. The most precise way to look at a geography is by using census tracts.
  • A low-income census tract is an area where more than half of the people living in that census tract meet the definition of low-income.
  • If you’re unsure about your area, here’s the government’s dataset and map service to figure it out.

Additionally, there is more support set aside for certain types of businesses. You’re eligible for these exclusive funds if you:

  • Have 10 or fewer employees
  • Are a minority that owns a business
  • Are located in a LMI area
  • Run a small community bank, credit union, or small agricultural credit institution
  • Run a mission based-community lender like community development financial institutions (CDFIs), certified development companies (CDCs), minority depository institutions (MDIs), and SBA Microloan intermediaries.

If you received money from the first round of PPP funding, you must have used or will use the full amount of your first PPP, and you need to demonstrate at least a 25 percent reduction in gross receipts in the first, second, or third quarter of 2020 relative to the same 2019 quarter.

If you have an existing PPP loan, you can request an increase. If these new interim rules changed your loan calculations, you’re permitted to work with lenders to increase the loan amount, regardless of whether you’ve received it all or not. Reach out to your SBA banker about increasing your PPP loans.

Forgivable Expenses

“Forgivable” expenses have been expanded beyond payroll-related expenses, utilities and rent. They now include:

  • Operating costs, such as payment for any software, cloud computing, and other human resources and accounting needs.
  • Property damage costs, related to property damage due to public disturbances that occurred during 2020 that are not covered by your insurance.
  • Any supplier costs, such as a contract, purchase order, or order for goods expenditure before taking the loan that was essential to your day-to-day operation. Perishable goods, however, can be forgiven before or doing the life of a loan.
  • Worker protection costs, such as personal protective equipment and adaptive investments to help you comply with federal health and safety guidelines

Depending on your industry, you can save up to $54,000 in principal and interest payments on a new loan or $72,000 on an existing loan. Hard hit industries such as food service, arts, entertainment and recreation, educational, laundry, and personal care services are eligible for 8 months of forgiveness principal and interest payments and are capped at $9,000 a month. For those loans approved before September 20 2021, your first 6 months of principal and interest up to $9,000 a month is also forgiven.

Employee Retention Tax Credit

The Employee Retention Tax Credit   has been expanded and extended into July 1, 2021.

  • The credit rate was increased from 50% to 70% of qualified wages.
  • Eligibility for the credit was extended by reducing the required year-over-year gross receipts decline from 50% to 20% and provides a safe harbor that allows employers to use prior quarter gross receipts to determine eligibility.
  • The limit on per-employee creditable wages was increased from $10,000 for the year to $10,000 for each quarter.
  • For more information on the Employee Retention Credit system, read here.

In addition, you can take advantage of the Employee Retention Tax Credit through 2026 if you hire those on welfare or veterans.

Social Security Taxes Deferred

Deferral of social security taxes has been extended through March 2021 and you can pay them as late as the end of 2022. While extending these payments doesn’t relieve you of your obligations, it does provide an ‘interest-free loan’ from the government.

The government will give a tax benefit for supporting restaurants. You can now deduct 100% of business meals that take place at a restaurant in 2021 and 2022.

Nonprofits can get more donations. Make sure you include this in your marketing!! The “above-the-line” charitable contribution has been extended through 2021 at $600 for those married filing jointly and $300 for others. This means taxpayers will be able to take the standard deduction and deduct up to $600 in charitable giving when calculating their taxable income. For the 2020 tax year, taxpayers could deduct up to $300 above-the-line for charitable contributions.

For sole proprietors – you can apply for this loan as well! However, how you calculate your loan and its forgiveness differ from a small business with employees.

You can calculate your loan by dividing last year’s profit by 12 to get a monthly average net profit. Multiply that figure by 2.5 to determine the amount of your PPP loan.

Since sole proprietors don’t have payroll, 2.5 months’ worth of new profit is automatically forgiven, without having to actually spend it on anything. This is called “Owner Compensation Replacement” – read the official text here.

Here is the PPP Forgiveness Application for sole proprietors.

Disclaimer: This publication is for informational purposes only and is not intended as legal or tax advice. Financial, bookkeeping, tax filing and legal advice should always be obtained from qualified professionals for any business conditions or loans or grants associated with them. Every possible effort has been made in preparing and researching this material. We make no warranties with respect to the accuracy, applicability of its contents or any omissions.

Impact on Employees in Times of Crisis and Distress

Work and Life Stress

Throughout history, crises and distress have been a part of people’s lives. Daily life can include many mild to moderate stressors like work tension, managing time and money, and stress from inter-personal relationships either at work or in personal life.

A person may also currently be experiencing significant stresses in life through the loss of a job, civil rights unrest or political uncertainty, or the death of a loved one. During times of crisis, such as our current pandemic or community violence, the coping mechanisms people use can be strained even further.

According to the United Nations (UN), depression and anxiety caused by stress cost the global economy one trillion dollars annually before the crisis events of 2020. The additional crisis events of a worldwide pandemic and community violence over the past year may cause psychological distress in nearly everyone affected by these emergencies.

The UN states that people who coped well with life stressors before these crises are now facing additional, multiple stressors and may be unable to manage their responses fully.

People prefer certainty. Much of the anxiety workers and their families feel today is related to wanting control of their lives but not having that control. Peoples’ income, health, and work are being affected in negative ways. Situations involving social isolation, restricted movement, and the lack of a plan and outcome for crisis affects peoples’ mental health and their behavior.

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Anxiety Consequences

Anxiety can cause a person to:

  • Feel on edge
  • Be angry
  • Feel helpless
  • Experience sadness
  • Become frustrated
  • Try to avoid the crisis

For employees who already had minor underlying anxiety issues, a crisis can cause increased depression and less motivation to participate in activities of daily work life. In times of crisis and distress, protecting your mental health becomes extremely important, but can be stressful under the circumstances.

The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress highlights these current factors causing additional stress during an urgent situation like COVID-19 and it ramifications:

  • Frustration and boredom related to social isolation from working at home or lockdowns
  • Fears about getting sick or infecting others
  • Inadequate access to medical care
  • Insufficient reliable information
  • Financial loss
  • Stigmatization and rejection from society
  • Inadequate food supplies
  • Adjustments needed return to a regular routine

The World Health Organization (WHO) divides these factors into social and mental health problems, all of which can affect peoples’ ability to cope with crisis.

Social Problems
  • Pre-existing: low income and discrimination of marginalized groups
  • Emergency-induced: family separation, lack of safety, loss of livelihoods, disrupted social networks, and low trust and resources; and
  • Humanitarian response-induced: overcrowding, lack of privacy, and undermining of community or traditional support.
Mental Health Problems
  • Pre-existing: mental disorders such as depression or schizophrenia
  • Emergency-induced: grief, acute stress reactions, harmful use of alcohol and drugs, and depression and anxiety, including post-traumatic stress disorder; and
  • Humanitarian response-induced: anxiety due to a lack of information about food distribution or about how to obtain basic services.

Yet despite these crises and distress stressors, multiple organizations have identified ways to help find relief.  Flexicrew will address some of these ways we have uncovered in subsequent articles.

How to Protect Your Mental Health During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has been brutal on the state of mental health in Americans. You’ve been limited in how you can celebrate birthdays, graduations, and weddings. You’ve seen loved ones hooked up to a ventilator fighting for their lives. You’ve got an entire hygienic routine every time you leave the house: Wear a mask, stay six feet apart, wash your hands, and repeat.

Here’s what you can do to protect your mental health during this ongoing pandemic.resilience (2)

Get some Exercise

You don’t have to go to the gym to stay in shape. There are actually plenty of exercises and routines that you can do from the comfort of your own living room. That includes exercises like push-ups, jumping jacks, burpees, and even going for a nice jog around the block.

On top of building your endurance and strength, exercise can trigger the release of endorphins in your system. According to the Mayo Clinic, these are known as the “feel-good” hormone and will naturally boost a low mood during such trying times.

Stay in Contact with Loved Ones

Not being able to meet with those you care about can be detrimental to your mental health. Prolonged loneliness and social isolation can increase your risk of certain mental health disorders, substance abuse issues, or even suicide.

In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that loneliness in older adults increases the risk of dementia and other serious health disorders. The best way to avoid these consequences is by staying in touch with loved ones via daily or weekly phone calls, video calls, or text messages.

Leave the House

Most states still have limitations when it comes to where you can go, what you can do, and who you can see. Yet at this point in the pandemic, you realize that your mood declines and you feel fatigued the longer you stay put in the house.

In a study published in Issues in Mental Health Nursing, vitamin D, which can be absorbed by the body from sunlight, is a great mood booster and actually is used to treat depression. So, if you’re feeling down and lonely in the house, spend some time in the backyard or go for a walk at the park before your fellow citizens get there.

Reach Out to a Therapist

If you were already struggling with your mental health prior to the pandemic, there’s a good chance that your situation has actually worsened as the months continued. Luckily, the forced closure of most mental health facilities doesn’t mean that you currently have no access to care. Many counselors, therapists, and psychiatrists have moved to telemedicine for the time being. Scheduling an appointment with a therapist via video call is a great way to process your emotions and learn how to cope.

Get a Pet

Most people would appreciate coming home from work every day to be greeted by a friendly dog or cat. But when loneliness and sadness become excessive during quarantine, a pet may be exactly what you need to feel better.

Even better, you may be able to help empty out your local animal shelter. The connection between pet ownership and mental health has been long studied. In fact, a survey conducted by the Human Animal Bond Research Institute, mental health improvements were seen in about 74% of pet owners.

Final Thoughts

During a pandemic that doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon, it’s important that you prioritize your mental health. Not only will this make you feel less lonely and like you have a greater purpose, but it’ll also save you from a ton of emotional turmoil that you’ll have to sort through once COVID-19 is gone for good.

Staying Grounded in a Chaotic World

The world that we are living in today is anything but peaceful and predictable. It seems that every day there is some new COVID or political or economic tragedy or cause for fear that demands every ounce of our attention.

These incidences come from every direction and in all shapes and sizes. Whether a personal work issue arises that completely disrupts your peace of mind but seems to only affect you personally or a global event transpires that uproots the happiness and joy of millions of people simultaneously, our world can be a very uneasy place to exist.

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Maintain a Sense of Security

With everything going on around you, maintaining a sense of security and order in your mental environment and personal life can feel like a completely futile effort.

Try as you may, there seems to be something that always comes along for no other reason than to fill you with fear and worry. While you can’t change the dynamic nature of the world you live in, there are thoughts and strategies that, when implemented effectively, can help you stay grounded when life gets crazy.

Recognize Your Limitations

You cannot bear the weight of the world on your shoulders.  One of the most effective ways to accomplish this is to realize and come to terms with the fact that you are a single human being that is tremendously incapable of bearing the weight of the world on your shoulders.

At first glance, this may seem like a sign that you should just give up and let yourself be tossed in the waves of each new tragedy. However, becoming aware of your own limitations can serve as one of the biggest sources of peace you could ever hope to find.

The reason for this is that when you take the time to identify the things that are out of your control, the list of things that you actually can influence becomes much more clear. Instead of feeling overwhelmed at every single problem going on around you, you are able to focus your efforts on only the issues that you can change.

Not only does this give you a much-needed sense of authority over your circumstances, it also frees you from the burden of trying to manage the problems of the world by yourself. In the raging war that is our world today, it is important that you pick your battles wisely.

Maintain Perspective

Another common issue that many of us have when it comes to all the things going wrong in the world is that we automatically feel as if these things have a direct affect on our personal lives.

While this may seem callous, the truth is that not only are most of the issues we notice on a daily basis in the workplace, through the media or online things that have little to no effect on our own personal existence, they are also far out of our hands. Expending your time and energy on trying to solve the problems that affect your immediate environment is a much better investment than worrying about a conflict or issue on the other side of the globe.

Supporting a worldwide cause for the sake of charity is fantastic, but not if doing so means ignoring the conflicts that are staring you in the face.

Maintain A Sense Of Order

Finally, it is critical that you maintain a sense of order in your work and personal life, regardless of how messy and cluttered the things around you become.

If you allow you internal state to mimic your external environment, you fall victim to the chaos. Whatever your day-to-day life entails, always strive to develop systems and routines that provide you with a sense of peace and security. If you are looking for these things in places other than your own life, you will not find them.

 

Reduce COVID Emotional Load – Manage Your Expectations and Live In Today

If one thing is true of COVID-19, it’s that our resilience has been truly put to the test. If your mind has been consumed by news about COVID, conversations on COVID, and consumption of COVID statistics, then you’re not alone.

With our minds so consumed by what’s going on, it’s no wonder so many people are struggling under the weight of their emotional and cognitive load. It’s certainly one of the most challenging events that we will experience because it has impacted the entire world.

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So…

How do you deal with it?

How do you reduce that cognitive and emotional load of COVID?

Manage Expectations

What?

Yes.

First of all, I want to touch on the idea that this is your opportunity to write a best-seller or compose the next 1812 Overture. There have been a lot of hot takes on social media about how you can best use this downtime. If you haven’t ‘accomplished’ anything, that’s fine. Ultimately, we’re all just trying to get by and even though you may have more time on your hands than normal, your brain isn’t necessarily firing on all cylinders in a way that facilitates creativity.

You shouldn’t feel bad about that. However, if you went into this thinking you could be super productive and feel disappointed… don’t. This is where expectation management comes into play. There’s a lot going on, and this type of stress is distracting, it results in low motivation and disrupts concentration.

The pandemic has brought a series of cognitive and emotional load and that will impact on productivity. So, go easy on yourself as you find a new rhythm and routine in your life. Set realistic goals and manage expectations.

Manage Stress

The foundation of good mental health has to lie in stress management. That means you need to prioritize sleep, eat well, exercise, and drink plenty of water. If you’re normally a good sleeper, don’t give in to the impulse to disrupt your routine. If you have always struggled with a sleep routine, now is your time to change that.

Maintain a routine around when you go to bed and when you get up, avoid alcohol, caffeine, and screens in an hour or two before bed. When under extreme stress, it’s easy to manage it with food and alcohol. It’s an understandable impulse, but it isn’t one you want to give in to. It will be damaging over the long-term. Exercise will help you reduce stress while boosting your emotions and providing you with sleep routine help.

Rely on Routine

A routine will help you manage your stress and anxiety levels, which is key to adapting to the new reality we are faced with. You should have clear boundaries between working hours and non-working hours. This is something you can do in your headspace as well as the physical workspace you use. Embrace things that provide you with joy.

Maintain Connections

Even the introverts need social connections, and it’s a particularly challenging time for extroverts. Create a virtual forum for your friends and family, have video chats over coffee, join a book club, do whatever it takes to maintain your social connections. It’s important that you don’t feel alone so be proactive. Even if you live with a spouse and children, it’s important to reach out beyond your closest ties to connect with others outside your immediate circle.

Stay Present

The best thing you can do to manage your load is to focus on things as they come by taking every day as it comes. It’s a stressful time for everyone and it’s going to put your mental health to the test. Take a proactive approach to protect your mental health and be kind to yourself and others.

Right now, there isn’t a whole lot for you to control. What you can control is how you speak to yourself, how you speak to others, and how you proceed through the rest of this pandemic.

How Coronavirus Could Alter Work Practices Permanently

What’s the Pandemic Work Situation?

This post looks at what we see the current workplace situation and the distinct trend towards remote work.

The WHO officially declared the Coronavirus or COVID-19 outbreak to be a global pandemic, and the U.S. acknowledged the pandemic as a national emergency . We’re all in the midst of this profoundly distressing setting, and we sense that everyone is in a state of apprehension waiting to see what will occur next.

Major companies have been allowing or directing employees to work-from-home. Bloomberg stated: “We’re about to embark on the world’s largest work from home experiment.” Giant corporations have sent out memos to their millions of employees across thousands of offices to notify them to work outside the workplace, while other large firms have mandated operating remote.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought significant distress, and we at Flexicrew want to assert that we are not trying to make any declarations that are out of our depth in this article. What we are trying to accomplish is to discuss the possible long-term effect that these circumstances can have on workplaces, teams, leadership, employees and temporary workers – something that we’re genuinely obsessive about.  Our objective is to point out a new workplace direction that employers should consider in future plans

COVID-19 Drives Trend toward Work-At-Home

Authorities are forecasting Coronavirus pandemic may ignite a wide-ranging change from today’s economy and workforce. Stocks for businesses like Zoom that hav a prtial counter to ‘shelter-in-place’ have been up by 50% in 2020.  Professionals like Elspeth Cheung, global valuation director at consultancy Kantar Millward Brown, said: “this is going to have a long term impact on how we work on a virtual basis.…once we develop this habit of living our lives online that will change our long term consumption habits.”

Experts See The Long-Term Transition To Remote Work

In truth, the pandemic may inspire an enduring change in the way and location where labor is accomplished in companies. Another expert, Erin Kelly (a professor of work and organization studies at MIT), suggests that despite being a frightful public health danger, the COVID-19 pandemic could possibly “give us a chance to rethink how work is organized,” and that it could be the “nudge that companies need to let go of outdated policies and practices.” This dreadful outbreak may make working remote the new normal in business.

With the present epidemic, though, having employees work out of the office has at this point become appealing, and for many companies, compulsory.

We conclude that the key matter is – could working from home become a new routine for employees?

The progress of remote work has escalated in recent years, even before the pressure of COVID-19. With this fact as background, some estimates or forecasts indicate that 73% of all teams in the workforce will have remote workers by 2028.

It appears that working from home gives eligible workers more autonomy yet doesn’t impact business performance.  It also leads to reduced anxiety, more satisfaction, and improved retention of workers. When employees have the opportunity to work from home, burnout is down, and job satisfaction is up.

All positives… 

Remote work therefore, for convincingly tangible rationale, is swiftly becoming a broadly – acknowledged standard in present organizations, and it gives us the impression that Coronavirus pandemic could possibly further hasten the speed with which this occurs.

Flexicrew acknowledges this possibility and concludes it’s essential for our clients and other employers to challenge themselves to make recovery and post-recovery planning and strategies that include remote work in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At Flexicrew, we are preparing ourselves to efficiently find, recruit, and onboard qualified remote workers in preparation for a future sea-change and to best be able to support and advise our clients.  Call us for advice or recruiting quality remote workers.

4 Tools to Help Your Workers Deal with Anxiety from Today’s Chaos

Okay, so besides the normal day-to-day hustle and immense stress of daily living and working in the modern world, workers also have a pandemic to contend with.

Unfortunately, dealing with anxiety has become somewhat of a normal part of life for many individuals in the workplace today. Although this problem is not necessarily a new phenomenon, there are certain aspects of modern times that have served to exacerbate the issue.

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Due to our society being so connected through the internet, social media and other forms of media, your employees are not only exposed to the issues in their immediate environment. Instead, they are shown all of the bad things taking place across the entire globe. Furthermore, they are expected to juggle so many more responsibilities at one time, all while being as productive as possible.

Although anxiety certainly varies in intensity and frequency from person to person, there are a few ways to deal with the problem that are beneficial for any of your staff experiencing this issue.

Anxiety Relieving Techniques for Your  Workforce

This article intends to discuss a few of these techniques in order to alleviate some of your staff’s anxiety, hopefully improving their overall quality of life and work.

1. Live In The Moment

Although it may seem obvious when stated, the only point in time in which we will ever exist is right now. Ironically, most of us dedicate the bulk of our mental energy into the past or future. Anxiety is great at causing individuals to replay past mistakes in their head and constantly worry about things that have yet to occur.

A big part of your workforce dealing with anxiety is to live in the moment. This means focusing all of their physical and mental energy on what is going on right now. Not only does this simplify life, it also allows them to get the most out of their limited time and put 100% of their energy into being productive while at work without distractions.

Trying to deal with their entire past and future on a constant basis makes it virtually impossible to appreciate what is right in front of them.

2. Control What You Can Control

The truth is, many of the issues causing anxiety in peoples’ lives are beyond their control. This includes global and community issues as well as problems in their work and personal life.

What they need to realize is that the weight of the world is NOT on their shoulders, even though it can certainly seem like it at times. Anxiety tells people to be worried about solving problems that are way out of their hands.

In reality, focusing on the issues that they actually have the ability to resolve is a much healthier response to a problem-filled world.

3. It’s Okay to Not Feel Okay 

Another side effect of anxiety is a feeling of isolation. People experiencing anxiety on a routine basis tend to feel like they are the only ones dealing with this issue.

Because of this perspective, workers often feel like everyone else is much happier than they are, which shows up in multiple employee satisfaction surveys.  It’s like people won’t be accepted if anyone else knew the extent of their anxiety. It is so important to realize that this is far from the truth.

Every member of your company is experiencing some degree of anxiety or mental hang up. They are far from alone. They must be coached not to feel like they have to go through this acting as if everything is okay when it isn’t.

4. Get Help If You Need It

Finally, if your own anxiety is something you are having trouble dealing with on your own, then don’t! There is absolutely nothing wrong with seeking professional help for this issue. Ironically, our society welcomes getting help for even minor physical ailments but acts as if doing the same for a serious mental issue is taboo.

Consider this, if your workers had the chest pain, they would most certainly seek the appropriate doctor to take care of it. Why would they not seek a doctor that is medically trained in alleviating mental health issues if they are dealing with anxiety? There is help out there; you need to instruct them to get it if they need it!

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Staying Centered and Calm amid Coronavirus: Positive at-home Actions to Begin Today

Introduction

This article is a bit different from the topics we choose to write about.  But since a long weekend is approaching for some and there could be more time spent in homes, we thought it was appropriate at this time to address the subject of anxiety, unease and maybe occasional panic in these uncertain and chaotic times.  We provide just a few reflections on taking care of yourself to have a good work-life balance to stay centered.

Reaction to Coronavirus

As COVID-19 continues to make its way into cities, suburbs and rural areas across the nation, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to remain calm and not panic.

Authorities have told us to say in our homes in order to prevent spread, but that does not mean that we should go crazy inside and solely focus our attention on what is happening with the world outside. Try to limit how much news you watch, especially some of the over-hyped reporting that only propagates fear and anxiety. First and foremost, get updates and facts from reliable sources, and then focus your attention elsewhere.

You can avoid contact with other people and wash your hands more carefully, but your ability to remain calm comes from within. That means you’ll have to take the necessary steps in reducing your stress and anxiety and promoting calmness while the virus runs its course.

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We’re going to go over three of the best ways that you can stay calm and centered in times of COVID-19 stress!

Mindfulness & Meditation

So, you’re anxious and stressed as a result of the rapid spread of Coronavirus. If you’ve never attempted meditation or any mindfulness techniques in the past, this is the perfect time to try them out and get some practice under your belt.

According to the Mayo Clinic, meditation can play a huge role in helping you to maintain your mental and emotional health, even benefiting aspects of your physical health. Here’s what meditation can do for you.

  • Greater outlook on life (positivity)
  • Increased feelings of calmness
  • Greater self-awareness
  • Reduced levels of anxiety and stress.
  • Improved focus

The best part is: There are plenty of different types of meditation.

If you’re able to focus for long periods of time, you might want to try out guided meditations or visualization techniques. When you’re looking to stay more active while you’re quarantined, you can give yoga or Pilates a go!

Draw on a Creative Outlet

You might be stuck in the house for the next few weeks, but that doesn’t mean you have to resort to going stir crazy. In fact, that’ll probably only increase your feelings of panic during such trying times!

This is a great time to try out some new (or old) creative hobbies. When you’re focused on building or creating something new, you’re reducing the amount of focus on the negativity surrounding you. That means creativity is a solid way of helping you to relax.

A creative outlet can be almost anything. Here are a few things you might want to try out.

  • Painting, coloring, or drawing
  • Singing or playing musical instruments
  • Taking photos or videos of things you enjoy
  • Building something with things lying around the house
  • Writing
  • Puzzles
  • Reading something and then writing an essay about it (yes, remember English 101 class?). This is a great way to take your mind off the world’s troubles.

Basically, the goal here is to find an activity or task that requires focus and makes you happy. You won’t even notice that you spent the last hour drawing your favorite cartoon character.

Giving Back & Helping Others

It’s completely natural to be fearful of the unknown, but giving back to others can help you to tackle this fear. When you’re giving back to the community or helping those in need, you’ll be working to spread compassion and happiness rather than fear and anxiety.  It will certainly ‘give back’ to you in multiple, subtle ways.

With so many people sick or self-quarantined, many people aren’t able or fear to  to leave the home. However, these individuals do still have needs that they now can’t meet on their own.

As long as you’re keeping your distance and not exposing anyone to the virus, you can deliver food and groceries or do things like their yard work. It’ll make you feel good about yourself while also helping those who need it! So, call your neighbors, post something on your Facebook to let those in need know you are available and how to get in contact.

Final Thoughts

You can’t do anything yourself when it comes to curing or eliminating COVID-19, but there are things you can do that can reduce your unease and invoke an overwhelming sense of calmness.

By taking advantage of mindfulness, looking for a creative outlet, or giving back to those who need it, you’ll be able to stay calm and centered, even now!

To help you stay calm and centered at work, Flexicrew can assist you with workforce planning and recruiting the quality talent that you need during recession.  Contact one of our workforce professionals Today!

And, by the way, have a happy, calm Labor Day.