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COVID - 19 and the Travel Industry
We are in the midst of a very challenging time around the world. The novel Coronavirus has forced its way into our lives - not the kind of sharing we want. I am home on my computer and on the phone this past week, keeping my own fear and upset from controlling my ability to make a difference for the people I touch. Paralyzing fear wins sometimes, but the more I make calls to our clients and friends to check on them and see how they are doing, I’m struck with what our nation was founded on centuries ago. The very foundation of our country stands on resilient people who enjoy serving others with their skills and talents, have faith that every difficult situation is temporary, keep their eyes on bringing massive value, and help each other in times of need. The many Travel Agency owners and other small business owners I’ve talked to since the impact of this global pandemic started getting close to home are stressed but starting to see a glimmer of hope. We must create that energy and share it. It will make a difference.
Wellness – combating isolation
Try to follow a regular work schedule. Part of maintaining your productivity at home means keeping the same mindset as if you were going to the office. So don’t overwork, or stay late, and change out of those pyjamas!
Take 5: be sure to take clear breaks away from your working area during the day. Have a look outside, do a quick exercise routine, or even a little dance! Setting aside some time to get fresh air and a bit of exercise can go a long way in keeping you focused and healthy!
Avoid constantly checking the news and only seek information to take practical steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. Set specific times just once or twice a day to check the news, the constant stream of information about an outbreak can cause you to feel worried or overwhelmed, and this does not help anyone.
Quarantine is not synonymous with isolation – while we encourage you to avoid congested areas and limit exposure, taking a walk in the park on your own, or even a brief cup of coffee on the balcony is still OK, as long as you don’t touch anything, and keep your distance from other people.
Create and take advantage of online chat channels where you can just joke or blow off steam. A #watercooler channel is a good example. You could start or join a channel for all the #bookworms on your team. Why not even start a book club, like we have at SiteGround? You could also start sharing your home-made food masterpieces (or fails) in a #foodies channel, like we do on the SiteGround team. These are all great ways to stay connected and to get to know your awesome teammates better!
Your social circle is still there for you – call your friends, family, and relatives every day. Now you have no “it’s too busy at the office” excuse!
Links of Interest for Small Business
COVID-19 Stimulus Checks: Your Questions Answered
Prepared by the U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CORONAVIRUS
Small Business Guide and Checklist
Supplier Links of Interest
How Suppliers Are Helping Travel Agents During COVID-19 Outbreak
Here is a good article about how some suppliers are helping out.
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