A couple of weeks before we were all told to stay inside, we recorded the latest in a series of #MyPropertyStories with Jonathan Werth. His chosen subject, with no knowledge of what was coming down the line – unless you’ve got something to tell us Jonathan – was mental health in our industry. Amazingly prescient, as I’m beginning to discover sitting here.
For many of us the stress of piloting our businesses thorough this period is enough without having to endure the vagaries of self isolation. It’s easy to whinge at those up the ladder, i.e. Gov’t – although personally I feel they’re doing an OK job right now – but learning NOT to kick those on the same rung as you can be the difficult bit. Kids, partners, exercise, pets, usual household stuff, cancelled weddings, elderly relatives, schooling, moving, shopping – the list goes on and on.
I’m used to working from home, but on day 11 I’m feeling it already. The novelty is wearing off and an inability to time manage and simply jumping from one video call to the next with no ‘travel’ time in between is proving testing at the very least. Staff are worried about going on furlough this week and the dichotomy of having Gov’t pay 80%, but they can’t do ANY work at all, seems something that maybe could have been better thought out. Our staff are desperate to keep contributing somehow and guess we just have to hope that when restrictions are lifted everyone will be OK and get up and running quickly.
Mental health is going to be something we all have to watch and given we’re all in this together I’d love to be able to share more of what you’re all doing to keep yourselves sane, so if you have a video to share about getting through this it might well help someone else. Have a look at Jonathan’s one on our site and please send us your contributions there too – I’ll make sure they get aired.
Stay safe, personal health first, business health second.
* Ed Mead is co-founder of outsourced viewings service Viewber
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