It’s no secret that we’re all having a rough time with this pandemic. In one way or another, we’ve all been affected. If we haven’t lost a loved one to COVID-19, maybe we’ve lost a job, some hours at work, or even a business over it. It’s still early in the game, too. The virus seems likely to stick around for some time, making future prospects seem quite uncertain.
However, as it currently stands, YOU are still alive. If you’re reading this without assistance, it’s safe to say that you’re doing okay and likely not in intensive care. If you are as fortunate as I am in that regard, there is a whole lot to be grateful for.
Unfortunately, I’ve noticed that there are an awful lot of people out there who seem paralyzed by this thing and unsure of what to do with themselves. If you run your own business, as many of my readers do, you may have realized by now that you can’t afford the luxury of waiting this out. The employee mindset is to wait and see what the boss says and take it from there. But if you’re the boss, everyone is waiting on you.
Whether you have one employee, a dozen, or thousands, this is when they need you more than ever before. You’re the only one who truly knows where your company stands and whether or not it’s likely to survive the economic onslaught this had brought. If you’re in a business that can adapt, you’ve probably already attempted to do so and hopefully you’ve made some progress.
If so, PLEASE hang in there! It’s true that there are no guarantees, but your employees are looking to you for guidance and encouragement. You have brought them this far and you cannot fail them, as long as it is in your power to keep it all together. Keep in mind that they have a multitude of personal problems to deal with, just as you do, but you are the one in a position of influence.
It’s YOU that they look up to when there’s a work-related problem they can’t solve. Depending on your relationship, they might not even like you, but they STILL need YOU to set the pace and steer the company in the right direction. If it’s your company, YOU decided that this was what you wanted to do with yourself, rather than work for someone else. YOU decided that you were going to be the boss.
These are difficult times and there are no easy answers for anyone. Just remember that there are even fewer answers for those on the bottom rungs of the ladder. It’s not only your employees that are depending on you, but also their families, who are hoping and praying that their loved one’s job is as secure as they once hoped.
If it’s not secure and you think your operation is going under, at least don’t mislead them, just to keep stringing them along. Be up front with them and tell them how it is. I can assure you, you’re not going to shock them, because they’re quite aware of the current state of the world economy. If anything, they will always respect you for being an honest leader at a time of great confusion, when it seemed as though there was no one left to trust.
If you truly feel you were born to lead, then LEAD!