With Boris Johnson stating that the worst of the coronavirus will be over and that things will be back to normal in three months – how can hospitality employees make it through the next 12 weeks?
If like many other people in the UK – both hospitality workers and those from different sectors – your life has been turned upside down by recent events, you will be looking for a return to normality.
As the country enters a period of ‘lockdown’ for the next three weeks, with further restrictions in place afterwards, what can hospitality employees do to not just survive, but thrive until life returns to normal once again?
Here are our top suggestions.
OK, your job might now look different to what it was before the COVID-19 outbreak. Have you taken on a different role? Are you furloughed until further notice?
If you are currently at home, awaiting further instruction from your regular workplace, why not take advantage of the temporary positions that have sprung up since the advent of the virus?
Supermarkets, the NHS and other key worker positions are calling out for temporary employees. If it’s safe to do so and you feel like taking on a new challenge while you wait for your hospitality role to start up again, this can be a great way to earn some extra money and help your community.
You can speak to us today about temporary positions available for those currently in limbo.
Keep Track of Your Finances
Due to the virus, the government have waived mortgage payments for the next three months, as well as other special measures for individuals who have been financially impacted by the pandemic.
If you have found yourself in a situation where you need extra help, or you need advice about how to claim, contact your local authority.
The NHS plus other key organisations also need volunteers during the crisis. Even telephoning older relatives, checking on your neighbours (observing the 2-metre social-distancing rule) or asking on Facebook if anyone in the local community needs help is a great way to spend your new free time.
You can find your nearest volunteer centre online here.
Branch Out (Digitally)
As well as using social media to find out if people in your area need help, you can also use this platform to get involved in online events and activities.
Since the social restrictions were brought in, people have flocked online to take part in Zoom yoga sessions, ‘learn to draw’ online events and conference video calls with friends and family.
Just because you’re restricted to your home, it shouldn’t mean that you feel disconnected. Feeling disconnected can lead to further mental health problems; let me explain further.
Keep a Check on Your Mental Health
The coronavirus has had a significant impact on all of our lives, and unsurprisingly it has affected people’s mental health.
Many people are currently struggling to come to terms with being shut off from their normal lives, and if your job is a risk factor too, this is added pressure.
Remember to get enough sleep, keep your regular hours as much as you can, eat healthily and make sure you get your daily walk or other form of exercise, as this is clinically proven to reduce stress and anxiety.
Mental Health.org have compiled a guide on how to look after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak, which you can find here.
Appreciate Your Time Off
From every negative situation, there are always positives to be drawn.
If your hospitality job has been put on hold, but you are in the fortunate position of still receiving your monthly wages (either paid by the government, your employer or a combination) use this time to reflect and do the things you always wanted to do but haven’t had the time.
There are millions of people in the UK and across the world who are currently in the same position.
In our modern lives, having time to relax and reflect is a rare commodity. While the coronavirus has been unsettling, it can provide us with a chance to reassess what’s important to us and have a moment of reflection.
If the coronavirus outbreak has caused you to lose your hospitality job and would like to discuss your employment options going forward – we can help.
Contact us today on 0121 702 1428 or using our contact form here, and we can keep you informed of available vacancies for when the restrictions are lifted.
About KSB Recruitment
We are expert recruiters in the catering and hospitality industry with over 28 years in business, placing the best candidates in their perfect roles with an obsessive attention to detail.
KSB is proud to be a Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) member, accredited investors in people, and both Data Protection and Home Office Compliance registered.
We specialise in roles in Birmingham, Staffordshire, the West Midlands, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Worcestershire and Northamptonshire.