How we can master the crisis (together)

Today, on March 20, 2020, there are 15,240 confirmed cases in Germany that have been infected with the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) .¹ At the beginning of the week, the government closed all shops – with the exception of grocery stores and pharmacies. Events are canceled in rows; Bars, clubs, cinemas and gyms are also closed. Public life seems to stand still. Here we explain why we can draw something positive from the situation.

The crisis as an opportunity

A time of uncertainty and unrest. This not only describes crises in general, but also the crises we are currently in. The situation is serious, but not hopeless. A crisis does not always have to mean sticking your head in the sand – even if that seems obvious given the changing headlines and empty city centers. Times of crisis require optimism and foresight. To master the way out of the crisis and to be even better equipped in the future. We certainly cannot adapt to every scenario. As well as. But we can work to position ourselves better privately, professionally and socially. What helps is structure and order. Order is half life anyway, but all the more essential in times of crisis so as not to lose track. A solid structure also provides orientation and support – two things that not only we could use well at the moment. Companies must also find new opportunities so that they can progress with their employees. Right now, the loyalty of employees is the most important asset of a company – in order to overcome the crisis together and to look motivated into the future. Educate yourself online, optimize the folder structure, improve existing skills through YouTube tutorials, read an industry-specific book. There are various ways for employees to strengthen the company. We just have to use it.

❞ It has never been so important to be alone together. To take care of everyone. ❝

— ZEIT Magazin / N° 13

Self-isolation: social standstill

Because let’s be honest: the biggest danger that lurks in our home office is the couch. And the smart TV in front of it. Neither will improve the situation, at most it will only make us lose our minds at some point. Even when authorities and experts call for self-isolation: when it comes to not withering away from loneliness, social contacts have a key function. The corona crisis is often compared to the Spanish flu, which shut down all of Europe in the early 20th century. However, one crucial difference is ignored: the symptoms may be similar, but the time is different. The optimist in us may now tend to look for the good of the crisis in it. In the opportunities to network from the couch, from the home office and to work on yourself. And it’s true. As tragic, surreal and scary as the situation may be, the timing could have been worse. Don’t get us wrong, we also face major challenges from the situation. We also have to limit ourselves, accept setbacks. But at the same time we try to discover new ways for us to bring at least some normalcy into our everyday life.

Video calls via FaceTime or WhatsApp, business meetings via Microsoft Teams or Skype, online workshops or workouts – technological development gives us all kinds of opportunities to stay in touch even without being physically present, to create new ideas and to develop ourselves. With the aim of not only looking at the situation negatively.

Normality in exceptional situations

“It was never so important to be alone together” is the title of the latest issue of ZEITMagazin. Another “good” aspect of the current crisis: it affects us all. From young to old, we are all forced to restrict ourselves and our habits, to take care of all of us together and to be considerate. How long will the condition last? It is currently in the stars. So instead of spending the whole day in sleepwear in the home office, we set the alarm clock, get dressed as if we had to make an appointment and sit down at the desk. As usual. Instead of “hamstering” groceries, we only put what is necessary on the conveyor belt in the supermarket. And instead of spending our afternoon in one of the cafes in the area, we drink our coffee at home and support our favorite cafe with the purchase of a voucher. We not only ensure stability in everyday life, but also a little in the economy and society. We can only master the crisis if we work together to find new ways and solutions. As a community.

¹ https://www.zeit.de/wissen/gesundheit/2020-03/coronavirus-deutschland-infektionen-faelle-verbreitung-epidemie-karte

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