As I write this, there is a moment’s sunshine and thoughts of spring are dancing in my head. Well, let’s face it, precious little else is dancing in there at the moment!
This hasn’t been an easy time for any of us and with all the political and natural happenings in Britain, Europe and across the world it can sometimes feel excessively doom laden.
Well, I am fighting back! Firstly, I have been thinking what it would feel like if we had such an avalanche of media coverage every year about ‘flu outbreaks, coughs, cold and pneumonia giving us the daily minutiae of the progress of these diseases as we are getting about Coronavirus or Covid 19. We would be in a permanent state of anxiety and probably be frozen into inactivity. The facts would be ample I feel sure, without the hype and the constant digging into how we FEEL about it. Well, we’re not thrilled, obviously!
Secondly, I can’t help feeling that there might be a positive in that it could become normal for us to improve our hygiene routines in the winter, thus reducing the spread of colds and ‘flu etc. generally from now on. That would be good for all small businesses surely?
Thirdly, we might also take on board that it isn’t noble to take your cold/‘flu /Noro or other virus into the workplace. It’s actually a selfish nuisance and causes a much more rapid spread of infection to other staff and in turn to their friends and families. (I have expressed my thoughts about this in earlier pieces, I know).
Fourthly, I am … er … mature enough to remember the handy little rhyme we had rammed down our throats in early childhood “Coughs and sneezes spread diseases! Trap your germs in handkerchieveses.” Yes, I do appreciate it lacks a certain Shakespearean flourish, but I haven’t forgotten it. Believe me, I have been sorely tempted to use it especially on occasions when I have witnessed people sneezing into their hand and immediately grabbing a shopping trolley handle. Yuck, yuck and triple yuck!
I would also say that, for whatever reason, now is the time to really give serious thought to planning ahead for your business. This is something that is essential anyway, but we don’t always take time to do it. Now, however, is a very good time to work out how much work can be carried out remotely (from home, for instance) so that in the event that self isolation is necessary, you can still operate at some level. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice about this. Certainly we will be offering our business clients a free sounding board and, where possible, constructive advice on making strategies for minimising disruption.
Finally, once again, it’s simply a time to pull together, to keep calm and carry on and to show others what a brilliant small business community we have in Mendip. We have a reputation for offering good service and for looking out for each other and our customers. Let’s carry on doing that by looking after ourselves, our staff and all vulnerable people we come into contact with.
As I see the sunshine bathing the world outside once again, I think there is definitely something positive to be taken from our recent experiences. Spring is definitely on its way.