This year has been a real challenge for HR and L&D let alone the impact it has had on our personal lives. We have all had lots of pressure, quick turn arounds, or new challenges, but we have got through it. Hopefully.
I have seen development designed really quickly, wellbeing resourced on the go and HR policies adapted on the fly. Agile and flexible working in practice.
We have been amazing to get through the past few months and this is something that I have been pondering over the past few weeks. I heard Tali Shlomo talk about this very point at this years CIPD ACE and the importance of checking in with yourself at the moment.
This has made me think of the impact of these challenges especially when I speak to people within my network. It might be that we are tired, no, knackered after working long hours and trying to balance the whole work life balance. I know I have been emotional and some of us may have been supporting colleagues dealing with some very difficult things.
I know that I have been running on empty at certain points of the year and my concern is that as we go into the autumn and winter months the option for getting out and about becomes less attractive or more difficult. Some may feel unsafe running on dark nights for example.
So, who is supporting you? This was my key thought, seeing as HR and L&D spend most of their time supporting colleagues and the wider business, but we also need support. A few ideas:
· Are you taking time out to get out during the day, maybe a walk to the shops or for a coffee while its daylight. Flex your day to do this.
· Take time out to call someone, or go for a walk and talk or share a coffee (or something stronger /sweeter) and network.
· Is this the time to be coached? (this is something I can provide) or maybe mentored. If you have been thinking about it, now is the time to do it.
· Maybe try doing something different. Something you have never done before just to break the flow of work and life at the moment.
· Be there for your wider network by saying hello or getting in touch.
Don’t forget that if you are really finding it hard at the moment, please reach out, I know the support will be there.
My final thought is, who is there for you? Make the most of your support network and keep being amazing, reflect on what you have achieved over the past few months. You really are awesome.