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No matter how you feel personally about anything happening in the country or world as a whole, it’s your job to do your job. I’m upset but still have a business to run
W ith so many negative things happening now, it’s easy to be depressed and worried and upset about any number of things. But here’s something that is hard to argue with: We still have businesses to run. We need to eat. We need to pay our bills. We also all have employees who are depending on us to keep their jobs. We have to keep our businesses going in spite of everything. Plus, we have clients who need us. Their problems aren’t going away. They need us now and will need us in the future more than ever. These are OUR responsibilities as business owners and managers.
The fact that we have these businesses that allow us to take care of our families and ourselves gives us the luxury of being able to worry about other people and the bigger picture of what is happening. We cannot forget that. Let’s take a look at our immediate priorities to make sure they are being addressed: 1)The safety and mental health of our families. This has to come first. Our children and spouses are not immune to the worry and stress of what is happening in our country. We have to talk to them, reassure them that they (and you) will be OK, and take care of paying the bills and getting them everything they need to have a decent life. We have
to be sensitive to their fears and be the calming voice of optimism in spite of it all. We will get through all of this. 2)Employee safety and well-being. I never like to compare employees to family members but the truth is they are in a sense just that. They are our business “family,” and they have all the same fears and anxieties our other family members are having. Regardless of how you feel about the COVID-19 virus yourself, we all need to be sure our offices are clean and support proper physical distancing before we can expect our people to come back in. This is extremely important. We also need to understand their other issues such as childcare or dealing with a
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THE ZWEIG LETTER JUNE 8, 2020, ISSUE 1348
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