Dealing with the new normal can be quite challenging since the world we once knew, and the habits we were clinging to are no longer the same. Every country was going through massive changes, and they were regularly changing, and everyone had to learn to adapt to them. Since the onset of the pandemic, Governments were doing all they could to make sure the people living there were safe and protected. What made the entire situation worse was that there wasn’t a cure to the virus, and everyone was learning about it in real-time since they did not have information that they could lean on.
They implemented rules and changes like wearing masks and maintaining a social distance, put in place to protect the people living there. While these changes were assisting with their health, there were issues on the economic side. Companies and businesses were finding it challenging to meet their deadlines, especially with staff who were not allowed to enter their office.
People were no longer allowed to interact with one another in the office because of the new social distancing rules. Large offices spread their staff into other rooms and corners, but they were working remotely in the smaller ones.
Countries were imposing national lockdowns whenever they had a spike in the number of people with the Coronavirus. During these, people were not allowed to leave their homes unless they were heading out for essential services, medical requirements and a few other exceptions. Most businesses had to stay shut, and people were unsure of getting through the process. Some companies were making and implementing changes like remote working, which meant people could get their work done while they were in a different location without coming into the office. Several industries could not leap remote working with most of their work coordinated in person. Industries like hospitality, construction, maintenance, and so many more were quite handicapped and had to wait for the process to get better and authorities to loosen restrictions before they could start functioning again.
Overall, the pandemic brought about many changes, with people working through them because there was no way around it. However, everyone was waiting to get back to the lives they were previously leading, but after seeing the changes and how some of them would likely not reverse, we learned that we were living through the new normal.
What were some of the changes taking place through the pandemic, which were likely to stay?
Many companies were returning to their offices. Although remote working had significantly reduced productivity, some positives came with it. Many companies were looking to give back their offices since there were fewer benefits to owning them. In the past, companies had to hire people who would come to the office, and if they picked someone miles away, they would have to move, minus the rare exception. Now companies were no longer restricted by location and were hiring the best talent they wanted, and getting them to work remotely.
People had to start paying more attention to the work and accordingly aim for a work-life balance. Since most were working from home, companies were sending in briefs and arranging for meetings whenever they thought it was convenient. Some companies were scheduling meetings online at random hours of the day, making coordination quite challenging. People were finding themselves always stressed, and were unsure about getting through the process. The flipside was people working also spoke about difficulties since they were constantly distracted when working from home. There were errands, family commitments and random distractions that were coming up throughout the day.
Since everyone was home, people were missing out on two primary requirements; exercise and in-person conversations. Everyone was getting through some unhealthy eating habits since they were snacking all the time. To add to that, they were not getting enough exercise which led to additional health issues. People were not leaving their house for walks, runs, or to head to the gym since the pandemic was putting them off, and no one wanted to come in contact with others where they could get sick.
The other side of missing out on interpersonal relationships was the loneliness and depression that some were going through. People no longer had the opportunity of leaving their homes to socialize with others which is something many needed. While phone calls and virtual platforms were a requirement, there were other changes that they could get through as well.
The best way to manage the individual changes was through getting the right amount of exercise, sleep, and maintaining the right amount of time for themselves. Stress works differently for different people, and while there are some commonalities, people can find their calm through different methods. They could work on their hobbies or many other changes to help feel a little more normal or closer to the life they lead per pandemic.
What were the changes when hiring people for a company?
Some people did not have a job but were not open to joining the workforce just yet. They wanted to make sure the markets were a lot more stable before they started. The hiring process that most companies and employers were following also changed to an extent. In the past, the HR and hiring team were picking people they were meeting in person, so they knew who would be coming in to work on Monday. Currently, they were deciding on people through remote and virtual platforms, so companies went a step further and started asking applicants to provide a background check. Depending on the jobs that they were applying for, background checks varied, but their primary purpose was to make sure the person they were selected did not have a criminal record. There were various checks, including making sure the person they were picking was allowed to work with varying age groups, since people had restrictions, and were not allowed to interact with people younger or older than a specific age.