One year into lockdown

and this is how we’re doing

24 / 03 / 2021
Robyn Du Plooy
HR and Learning Manager

You may think from the headline that we’re rocking it, but in all honesty we’re still adjusting. In the words of John Denver:

Some days are diamonds, some days are stone.

It’s still mind-blowing to think of all that has happened over the past year (and that it’s still happening), but we’re learning to ride the waves. Having to navigate so much uncertainty in the first few months was an enormous challenge, but if we’ve learnt anything, it’s that we need to continue to expect the unexpected and be as prepared as we can possibly be.

The pandemic and lockdown has definitely taken a toll on all of us, but it’s also shown us just how resilient we are, what we have to be grateful for, and how important it is to have a supportive team we can lean on.

Even after a year and with infection numbers dropping, we are not becoming complacent and are still extremely cautious when it comes to making sure that employees follow health and safety protocols. We have continued to adapt and implement new strategies as needed to ensure a safe working environment.

We’ve been lucky in that none of our staff members have been seriously ill, and we make sure we celebrate the small victories – for instance two months with no Covid scares. Despite all the challenges, we are all extremely grateful to be employed and be able to continue doing business. We are especially grateful to have a growing team in a time where many have lost so much.

My personal takeaway from this past year:

  • Cherish your loved ones; they are everything!
  • Appreciate and nurture your health – it’s so easy to take for granted.
  • We live in a beautiful part of the world, so get out into nature whenever you can because you never know when you’ll be stuck in the house for months on end.
  • There are some things you’ll never be fully prepared for, and just can’t control, but what you can control is the attitude you choose to take. Choose a good one!
  • Tough times are temporary and you’ll always have something to look forward to – focus on the positive stuff.

And most importantly:

You can make miracles happen and get through the toughest of challenges when you have a reliable team of people who listen to, support and nurture one another.
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