Keeping positive through Lockdown 3.0 – Professionals in Partnership

By Ben Carey on 21 January, 2021

With Lockdown 3.0 upon us, The Business Exchange is asking for your insights regarding coping strategies, new habits and how to stay positive throughout this third (and hopefully final) national lockdown.

Karen Ferris, Director of HR consultancy Professionals in Partnership, talks busy schedules, time management and the importance of pausing to reflect on achievements.

How are you keeping positive through Lockdown 3.0?

I am using the learning and experience of the 2020 lockdowns to focus on the positives both professionally and personally. In December 2020 I was approved as a Gateway Provider for the government Kickstart Scheme and had my first application approved. I am really excited to have two placements for my company and for the opportunity they will bring to my business. On a personal level, my two daughters are secondary students and my husband is a primary school teacher. We are all at home together most of the time and it works well for us.

How are you structuring your day? Have you changed your habits?

I have always been quite structured with planning my time, however the Kickstart Scheme has brought an additional workstream to my usual HR consultancy work. I am having to create new processes to ensure that the employers I am representing and the Kickstart placement employees have a positive experience.

Are you doing anything new?

We adopted a rescue dog just before Christmas which has added a whole new dimension to our home life. He is a Podenco called Fred and he originates from Spain.

Have you changed your New Year resolutions?

I am planning to allocate time to working on my business to ensure I take time to recognise what I have achieved and ‘feel’ the progress I am making.

Have you introduced any new rituals?

I am starting work an hour earlier so that I can focus on my ‘must do’ list for the day before our children start their day. This means it is easier for me to be more flexible with my time in the day to support them if they need me.

What are you most looking forward to when restrictions are lifted?

Visiting friends and relatives who we have not seen for more than a year, especially my brother who lives in Ireland; we have made good use of technology, but it will be great to see him in person!

What is your biggest goal this year?

To build predictability in my business and to enable a really positive work experience for my Kickstart placement employees.

What has the past nine months taught you and how has it shaped your future for the better?

The past nine months has taught me to spend a bit more time in the present and enjoy it. I have always been very close to my family and this time has really highlighted how important they are to me.

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