Teamwork really does make our dreams work
There’s no denying the fact that the past year has been very stressful for everyone. From parents having to juggle working from home with educating the kids to key workers on the front line of the battle against the pandemic, it’s been 12 months quite unlike any other we’ve experienced.
So it’s hardly a big surprise that research by the Mental Health Foundation has found that 74% of adults interviewed have felt so stressed at some points in the last year that they’ve felt overwhelmed and unable to cope.
It’s been generally acknowledged that a number of factors have made things considerably worse for people, and the main one of these has been the sense of isolation. Where before we all had the release valve of getting together with family, friends, neighbours and co-workers, without these contacts everything has been that little bit harder to bear.
The fact that we had a respite last summer when restrictions were relaxed and we could see things getting slowly back to normal did give a ray of hope. But then the Autumn surge of coronavirus cases and the renewed lockdown made it feel very like we were all heading back to square one.
The stresses and strains we’ve all been under, and how to cure them
This all means that this year’s Stress Awareness Month, which has been running throughout April, has been a particularly significant one for many people – not least for the team at Cefar.
We’ve been lucky to be able to carry on serving our clients throughout the pandemic but will all freely admit that this hasn’t been without its stresses and pressures. Fortunately, we’ve come through it and it’s made us all assess ways that we can make stress a little easier to deal with in the future. It’s also made us wonder exactly why we didn’t start to do this a long time ago.
It might seem counter-intuitive, but one acknowledged way to manage stress is to set ourselves specific goals. One might think that striving towards achieving them might pile on even more pressure and stress.
In actual fact, by attaining them, or by following a roadmap to reach them, it helps us feel in control. It’s largely the loss of this control that leads to feelings of stress and being overwhelmed so anything you can do to put yourself back in the driving seat is always going to be a good thing.
It’s also recognised that having a fixed focus is a very reliable stress-buster, especially when you decide to throw yourself into it wholeheartedly. Not only does it provide a release valve from the everyday demands of life, the sense of achievement as you progress steadily towards that goal also starts to put all the other pressures of our daily lives into greater perspective.
Setting the goals
With this very much in mind, each member of the team has set themselves a particular objective and we’re working hard to help each other attain those goals. It’s this atmosphere of mutual support and a circle of communication that has been a key element of Cefar’s philosophy ever since we first opened our doors back in 2006.
We’ll admit that it’s not been easy over these last few months with everyone working remotely and having their own particular trials to deal with. But a little bit of determination and team spirit has made things work.
It’s very fortunate that the foundations for this collaborative approach were laid at Cefar a long while ago. Since then, we’ve always found that collaboration and helping each other out in a mutually supportive atmosphere has paid dividends both for the morale in the office and heights we have managed to scale on behalf of our clients.
All in it together
Above all, it has created an atmosphere in which we’ve all felt supported and empowered to go above and beyond – even when it’s felt like we’re heading out of our natural comfort zone and into unexplored and uncharted territories.
It also helps that we all have very different, but complementary, skills and experiences to bring to the table to create a whole that is very much more than just a sum of its parts.
This is why we’ve all put time aside in all of our diaries each week to get together, virtually, of course, to update each other on our respective progress as well as to share notable achievements in our individual journeys. By marking and celebrating these it’s more than fair to say that morale is currently at a pre-Covid level, and steadily rising.
So now, all we have to do is carry on towards reaching our own personal goals, each knowing we have an amazing team of co-workers cheering us on from the sidelines.
The result: success for us and an even closer and motivated team striving to deliver more than ever for clients old and new.
So if you’d like to get Cefar’s indomitable spirit working for you, get in touch today.