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
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
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
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
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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