The Covid-19 pandemic, added to the Day of the Dead and Halloween season, seems to be the perfect setting for a scary movie. I mean, what could be scarier than that? But before you go for the popcorn or run to hide under the sheets, we’d like to talk about some things that are sure to make your skin crawl – just like ours – when it comes to working.
A virtual job
Some people find remote work to be a great opportunity for independence. Others find it extremely isolating. Yet, we believe being alone gives you the opportunity to choose how to spend your time without outside influence. Solitude allows you to clear your mind, feel comfortable within yourself, and enjoy some quiet time.
Set aside some alone time for yourself, and take it as an opportunity to develop mental toughness. Turn off your digital devices for a few minutes, take a moment to dwell in your thoughts, and immerse yourself in peace and quiet. Whether you are writing in a gratitude journal, meditating, or simply reflecting on your life; a few minutes of peace are good for you.
However, you must balance this with healthy social interaction. Spending time with people who inspire, challenge, and support you is key to building a life that helps you be your strongest self. So be sure to schedule a lot of social time, too. Whether you have coffee with a friend every morning or go to the office a few days a week; spending time with positive people will shape a positive strength in you.
For some people, remote work makes it more convenient to hit the gym, spend time with family, and establish a healthy sleep schedule. For others, remote work may mean never being able to leave work duties behind. It invades your personal time and space, plus it adds stress to your life. So if you work from home, it’s important to create a good self-care routine. After all, you cannot have a strong mind if you neglect your body.
The first day at a new job
After a long hiring process, they finally said yes. That company that – for a long time – you have wanted to work for, has hired you! Although it is very exciting to start a new job and meet your colleagues, first days tend to be a little bit scary. To reduce nerves on your first day of work, it is important that you plan ahead just as much as you did with your job search. The phrase ” first impressions are the most important” perfectly describes how this day can set the tone of how you will perform in a new company.
There is nothing to fear! Remember all good things start with a little anxious feeling. To reduce stress you can apply these tips:
- Prepare yourself with questions to help you become successful in your new position.
- Start your day early; at least 15 minutes earlier than usual.
- Find out what the office environment and policies are like.
- Relax, make sure you get enough rest, and prepare whatever you need for that day ahead of time.
- Be nice and smile when you meet new people.
- Be as professional as you were during the recruiting process.
- Don’t push things, be yourself without pretending.
- Listen and observe to understand what it’s all about and what the priorities are.
- Show a good attitude and enthusiasm.
- Learn your responsibilities.
- Focus on your work and avoid distractions.
- Show interest in your new colleagues.
Losing your job in the middle of a pandemic
Thinking about the possibility of losing our jobs can be really scary. A nightmare that, if it comes true, will not let us sleep at night worrying about all the expenses and debts left to pay. For this reason, it is more than understandable to be frightened in the specific climate we currently live in.
Many companies have been affected by the crisis that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused, for which some of them have been forced to let go of many employees. We hope that does not happen to you, but if you were to lose your job at this difficult time, we share some tips to make your search process easier:
- Update your knowledge or specialize in certain areas to improve your job opportunities.
- Check your network of contacts to see if anyone can give you a hand in finding a job.
- Take advantage of social networks to find job offers on company pages or in groups created for that purpose.
- Knowing how to use digital tools can increase your opportunities when looking for a job.
- Update your resume and cover letter.
Remember that we always have available job offers. Apply for Job Duck HERE.