Of course, you can change jobs during a pandemic. In fact, it is an open window to increase the progress of your career, but before you jump into such decision, you must first consider the following;

1. Compare Your Current Company And Role To The Potential

This should be your first step before you consider leaving your current workplace. Access yourself by asking these questions;
Do I like my job?
• Do I like this company?
• Does my current organisation value my input?
• Are there any opportunities to progress within my current workplace?
• What would my current organisation do in economic difficulties?
If 90% of the answers to the above assessment is positive, then your current workplace is the best place to be. Sometimes during recessions, what you think is the best/safest career option may turn out to be the riskiest.

2. The Financial Background Of Your Potential Workplace
The news is a great place to begin your investigation; if the company you are eyeing has got pre-COVID-19 financial problems, then it will be on the news or online. Consider the financial position of the company – is it cost-cutting or making investments?
Quick note: If then you make it to the interview, do not hesitate to ask your employer the impact of current activities on the financial status of the company. Also, inquire about the company’s plans; all these will guide you on whether the company is in a recession or financially buoyant.

3. The Impact Of A Global Lockdown On The Organisation
Though it is believed that global lockdown as a result of a pandemic can deplete the progress of a company, but some businesses flourish exceedingly in this period. Businesses that concentrate on financial services, food, online retail and technology do not feel the impact of a lockdown compare to sectors dealing with property, leisure, hospitality and travel; these sectors would suffer greatly.
Now it seems your options are limited, but businesses prone to suffering during a lockdown can pass for a potential job switch only if they pass point number two.

4. What Are The Implications Of Your Role?
The role you play in a company is vital. Do you presume your role as luxury, core function or revenue-generating?
If it is a core function role, then you should be confident the company will do their best to keep you happy even with a lockdown.
Now, if it is a revenue-generating role, the ball falls in your court. How? You have to meet the expected revenue no matter the economic condition and being a newly employed won’t get you “goodwill” anytime soon. On the other hand, if you do not fall under these two critical roles, then during a recession, you will become a luxury the company cannot afford.

Quick Conclusion

Should you change jobs during a pandemic? Yes, but do not turn a blind eye to these four points and at the same time be vigilant to a great opportun

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Sadly, the coronavirus pandemic still continues with little or no success in all attempts to finding a solution. This hardly comes as a surprise. However, it is important to review and keep our business operations up to date in order to optimize our productivity.
Working remotely has one very obvious difficulty and it is the inability to have physical interactions. Working from home makes it difficult to communicate effectively. These issues will not persist for long as I am here to help you work remotely with improved communication skills.
LISTEN
Listening attentively to your colleagues is essential in communication. Employers and employees do not listen attentively when it is actually a key part of effective communication. It is difficult to communicate efficiently if you are not good at listening. Listening and communication are two peas in a pod. During communication be sure to listen attentively and also respond when necessary. You are only able to provide feedback when you have acknowledged what has been said to you.
HOLD OPEN MEETINGS
Meetings can be boring. We are always only physically present without being a part of it actually. We zone out during meetings, become lost or distracted, and even worse fall asleep. We need to be active and the best way to achieve this is to hold open meetings. In open meetings, everyone involved gets the chance to express their views and thoughts. When a meeting is interactive it helps effective communication.
COMMUNICATE WITH HUMOUR
Robotic communication is not effective communication. The clear difference between human beings and robots is the ability to exhibit emotions and be creative. You should apply this to your advantage by bringing up humour and light banter with colleagues. This is a good way to foster friendly relations with colleagues. It would also help you work better with your colleagues and improve trust since the air is friendly.
EMAIL
It is best you send confirmation emails in a bid to sustain professionalism. There are organizations that make use of social platforms such as Skype, Zoom, and even Slack but these do not communicate professionalism as much as emails. Emails are also proof of communication.
TRAINING
We all dread trainings. It is considered to be more boring than meetings. The truth is that training does not have to be boring. You should keep your employees up to date through training. You can use videos, gifs, photos, and graphics to make training more interesting. Training helps all employees get uniform information and knowledge since they learn at the same time.
SET SCHEDULED HOURS, AND STICK TO IT
It is important to fix meetings with employers and colleagues but it is even more important that you stick to time. Punctuality is important and it communicates professionalism.
ENCOURAGEMENT AND FEEDBACK
Criticise constructively. It is important to let your employees and colleagues know that you appreciate their hard work and see what they are doing. It is also equally important that you correct them and offer suggestions. You should support and encourage them with healthy feedback.

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