31 Aug 2020
Posted31 Aug 2020
As an organisation, we at LEI are very grateful to all our project staff and partners who have continued to work tirelessly in this difficult pandemic environment. During this time, with people being so physically isolated, it is easy to feel disconnected. While the ‘virtual world’ has provided some respite from this isolation, through zoom meetings and the like, it somehow doesn’t fully make up for those familiar face to face connections, visiting offices and having conversations over tea or coffee. It is also daunting and unsettling when passing time is dominated by “doom scrolling” [Scrolling news articles on the COVID count and second wave surges where it is all bad news].
We understand that the uncertainties generated by Covid about many aspects of our lives including our freedom to travel may be very disconcerting. As much as we wish to travel and connect, we cannot. By contrast with Europe and America, the LEI head office and project offices are all operating in countries with extremely restricted travel option.
Unfortunately, there are very few silver linings in 2020. However, we are committed to continue to support our teams to progress our project objectives, and in so doing to derive satisfaction from our achievements. We recently conducted project team surveys to try and better appreciate how individuals are coping and to look at what we can be doing better to support them through work. Our team leaders and management are continuously looking for ways to make things easier for staff by modifying work plans, and adopting different work modalities and new communication methods. We are committed to work through any concerns, and to look after the health and well-being of our teams in these difficult circumstances, and open and regular communication is key.