When the pandemic started back in early 2020, it was like we were shot out of a cannon. At Centerstone, we moved at lightning speed to move our staff to remote work settings when possible, and provided extra safety measures for our front line workers. After the initial rush to move home, many found that remote work allowed them to be more nimble, taking the guardrails off the typical 9-5 workday.
Now, as the Delta variant emerges as a growing threat, leaders face a different type of response from their teams. In the beginning, anxiety and fear were common feelings among workers, regardless of their work setting. As vaccination rates climbed, we started having a glimmer of hope that we could get back some semblance of normalcy in our lives, and that hope was snatched away by the rise of vaccine hesitancy and Delta infections. Many of today’s workers are disappointed, irritated, even upset, about the slow adoption of the vaccine in their communities. The back and forth guidance on masking and social distancing has breed uncertainty and anxiety, and that is very difficult for more people as we tend to prefer order over chaos.
There are some ways to help manage uncertainty in this new phase of the pandemic:
How long the effects of the pandemic will remain is unknown. As the data and science change daily, people continue adapting to the newest version of reality. One thing is for certain, we have to take care of ourselves and each other the best ways we can.
By Becky Stoll, Vice President of Crisis and Disaster Management for Centerstone.
If you are in crisis, please call our crisis line, call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.
If you're still having trouble and would like to reach out to someone about counseling or other Centerstone services, contact us.
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