Here are four quick tips from Harvard Business Review that can help you adapt to the unusual work conditions sparked by the Coronavirus.
- Try to accept that each coworker copes differently. Some might be optimistic and others pessimistic. Some may have trouble finding a quiet place to work or be worried about older relatives. Circumstances for each person vary, so does the impact of the crisis on their life.
- Acknowledge how you’re feeling. Avoid hurt feelings by explaining why you might be behaving differently.
- Be generous in your interpretations. A curt email might not mean the sender is annoyed or being rude. Imagine they are under pressure and don’t have time for niceties.
- Take time to connect. These new dynamics can fracture relationships, which means they also provide a reason to check on co-workers. Signaling that you’re in this together can be a supportive, unifying gesture.