Good morning to you and welcome to October… how did that happen?!
This week I’ve had the luxury of taking some time off.
The first half of the week was mooching about and avoiding thinking and this second half of the week has been about a new set of walls to look at as we’ve come to Hastings for a few days.
Over the last week I’ve had dealings with many more different business types than I have for some time and I’ve really noticed how the restrictions and guidance have affected them in varying degrees.
- Supermarkets are still experiencing queueing for customers to enter the store. I thought this was over, but no, saw that in action this week and chose to go elsewhere.
- Cafe culture is challenged. Getting a drink ‘in’ is way more tricky now with table management, mask etiquette and fewer staff doing more roles.
- The cafe culture again taking their business outside with an increase in the number of outdoor heaters for year around socialising.
- My daughter experiencing a week of University inductions and welcome events all online.
- I’ve been working with a car broker who is having to build far stronger relationships with his dealers and traders as visiting them in person is more challenging.
- Gyms now requiring that you to sanitise both before and after using a piece of equipment. There’s a lot of cleaning going on in gyms!
- I’ve had dealings with estate agents who have had to up their game with the virtual technology and viewings, to ensure their clients are marketed well.
- Visiting the Air B and B required key access from a key safe with no human interaction.
- Seeing the parts of society that are still unable to trade at all like night clubs, tiny bars and shops that don’t have space to follow all the rules, sports venues and residential educational facilities.
What I’ve noticed with all of these businesses is that despite all this, there’s still work being done and a constant and unending acceptance of constant change.
- Change to improve where they are now.
- Change as new restrictions and guidelines are announced.
- Change as their new model of business shows itself and demands more staff or fewer. More technology or less.
If one thing has come out of the last 7 months it’s that what we thought were tried and tested methods can change in a heartbeat.
That we can change when up against it.
And that we choose where we put our focus now way more than pre-Covid-19.
So this week as you settle into the first really wet weekend for a while, give yourself a break too.
- Congratulate yourself on your adaptability.
- Recognise your perseverance to keep going.
- And consider where you are going to put your focus as we go into the winter.
We’ve made it this far… 🙂
Have a great weekend. I am off to see how many more street names and buildings I can find in Hastings called Harold or Norman…