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Emerging Voices: Lessons Learned from the Global Pandemic


Federal, state, and company COVID-19 guidelines have changed the way we do business, establishing a new normal for our professional lives. Many of us may be working in isolation or in smaller cohorts. Projects may have been postponed or cancelled. Sales and site visits may have been curtailed or eliminated. And, raw materials may not be available as global supply chains struggle to adapt. These and other factors are upending our lives.

Rather than being frustrated by these changes, it is important to look for positive takeaways to ultimately improve our professional approach. For example, professional gatherings, meetings, and resources are now limited or hosted virtually, but this can force us to look for creative ways to connect and learn. Many of us have successfully interfaced remotely with colleagues, attended virtual events, and read professional magazines online, which takes initiative but is often also more efficient.

Once this crisis is behind us, it is inevitable that some changes will become permenant and concepts like distancing will be more common. We should be proactive and consider keeping the changes that have improved efficiency and work-life balance. Proper implementation will not cause frustration but, rather, will improve workflows and increase employee satisfaction...

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