The sudden change and in many cases overnight shift from working in an office environment to staying at and working from home, may have had a major impact on our lives. Especially in some countries where the trend of working from home had not even started, many of us have been facing challenges in adjusting to and accepting this new norm.
As the pandemic is shaking our global economy and is also disrupting the way we all live, work and conduct our business, many rapid changes are taking place. Trends which had started a few years ago such as telecommuting, telemedicine, online shopping, home delivery services etc are also expanding and increasing very rapidly. Even in business, possessing the ability to team up and collaborate effectively while being far apart, is very vital for success.
The world is changing and with it the need to be flexible and adaptable is also increasing. The current crisis we are facing may have long term repercussions, in terms of our jobs, way of life etc. We need to prepare ourselves for these changes. Some of the key skills and abilities which may help us at such a juncture are our transferable skills, which we can use to be successful in many different areas of our lives, socially as well as professionally.
Sounds easy doesn’t it, that is so, but only in theory. In real life situations it is far more challenging. For people to learn and adapt themselves in all walks of life, both rewards and punishment maybe necessary. If one thinks about it seriously, one realizes that it starts pretty early in life. Recall your school days, if you did well in class you would get a star, on the other hand if you did not you, you may have been kept back after school to do extra work and improve.
Those people who possess the ability to work hard and be able to respond in a flexible and strong manner to any failure or adversity are resilient and this quality enables them to focus, stick to their goals and come out successful.
Few people are born mentally tough but it is possible to cultivate and develop this trait which is very vital in today’s world.
We often think that that some people we know are born strong. They have the ability to be work hard, face challenges and are also mentally tough. The term mental toughness is used in psychology to refer to the qualities and power people possess to fight through difficult challenges and come out successful.
In the competitive world of today, it is essential to develop a sense of mental toughness if you want to be successful.
Appreciation is a process of showing admiration, gratitude as well as recognition of another person’s effort. We should realize its importance, as by doing so not only do we help others be more motivated and productive but we also become a better person our self.
We need to recognize that the practice of appreciation is a powerful art, and that it should be done in such a manner that it appears to be authentic and genuine. If it is not done so, the whole process of showing appreciation would become ineffective and useless.
The working environment in these times is becoming an overload which often causes a distraction, as we struggle to cope with and focus on what is really important. The more focused we are, the more we can get done with a higher quality of work produced.
A basic method to increase quality of work is improving the ability to focus. Creating a sense of mindfulness of what one is doing helps to improve focus and at the same time increase the ability to produce meaningful accomplishments at the end of the day.