Thanks for Sharing Your “New Normal”!
A big thank-you to those of you who let us know how you are creating your “new normal” at home! Below are a few stories you shared with us.
The employees at CoolSys Energy Designs even had a “Working From Home” photo contest. Click here to see their presentation.
My new normal is coaching and managing my team from home, which is interesting and eye-opening. It has taught us all new ways to communicate and work together as a team!
At home, I have gone from having my son every other week to having him full-time until it is safe for him to go back to his dad’s. As much as I love him, remote home-schooling a 13-year-old middle-schooler is not something I ever aspired to do! We did lighten up our days by me introducing him to some old TV favorites like 3rd Rock from the Sun, Growing Pains and Whose Line is it Anyway?
We are still getting outside (despite the snow showers we received in April—yuck!) and walking the newest member of our family, Scarlet! She is a 14-month-old rescue from Texas. I believe there is going to be a DNA test in her future, since the rescue said she is a Boxer/Blue Lacy mix. I think she looks more like a Pit mix. Either way, she is the sweetest dog, and she is keeping us busy! I’m not sure she is going to want me to go back to work!
One of my favorite things I was part of was a drive-by birthday party for my nephew, who has cerebral palsy and doesn’t quite know what is going on. It was awesome and emotional. I really hope these types of thoughtful actions continue well past this “new normal.”
Here is a picture of my cat. He is now famous after appearing on CNY’s “Chime In.” I shared the picture because I always wondered what the cat and dog were up to while I was at work…
Employee Engagement Specialist
Transitioning to quarantine life felt very abrupt and created many challenges for me. I was forced to think outside of the box, both at work and at home. My one-bedroom apartment quickly felt VERY small, and I had never wanted to run errands more in my life.
The worst part was that golf courses were closed, and that is one of my best mental health helpers. To help ease the stress, we tried to figure out how we could still improve on our golf game while the golf courses were closed. We put on our thinking caps and managed to turn our apartment into a golf simulator.
So instead of running to the range in the evening or squeezing in a quick round of 9, we moved our furniture and set up a simulator. Not exactly the same, but it does the trick.
We have been trying to find ways to figure out what the “new normal” is and how to help my kids cope with not being able to see their friends, not being able to go to school and just all-around doing the social distancing. We decorated our door showing the world LOVE from loyal Wisconsin! There have been a few people in our town who have also decorated their doors,windows etc. When we need to get out and about and just go for a drive, we go look at all the decorated doors and windows!