Firstly, we hope that all our network are doing well and staying safe. We all know how difficult this current time is for so many different reasons, a major one for us in the hospitality industry is not knowing what the future may hold.
Frankly, it is pretty scary and we are all involved to a varying degree. Despite some of the fanciful predictions on social media, the reality is stark and currently completely unknown. Yes, the industry will bounce back and we want to try to return to a level of normality but when will that be, what will the industry look like and, most importantly, what will happen to me/you?
You don’t need me to add my opinions and analysis on what the future may hold. There are millions doing that and most of them are pure speculation. For certain, though, it will be hard and our industry will change significantly in the short term and perhaps permanently.
So, what should we be doing now to try to be proactive from a business point of view in these highly challenging times?
Everyone’s situation is different so obviously there is no one size fits all approach to this. Equally, it is normal and perfectly acceptable to feel a little lost and apathetic at the moment. However, some generic ideas and thoughts are below:
- Make the best of each day and ensure working days remain the same. Perhaps by doing some of the things below or by volunteering etc.
- Train and learn. So much online that if in doubt, try to learn something new that might help you now or in the future. Could be IT skills, a language, sales, marketing or something more specific to your role.
- Ensure your CV is up to date and looks fab. Have different versions depending on the different roles you might want to go for.
- Keep in touch and keep communicating. Speak to people in the industry and ensure you keep yourself in the game. This will help in several ways in the future and might even persuade you to move your career in a certain direction.
- Think how transferable your skills are. What else could you do with those? What other industries might work for you if not the hospitality industry?
- What might you want to do in the future? Certainly, now is a good time to reassess but don’t go with a hunch. Write down your thoughts and then assess what might be best for you
- Set yourself some sort of targets for achievements as otherwise it can all seem a little overwhelming.
There will be many ups and downs and all of us are in a very precarious position at the moment. We will come through this and you have to try to be positive and proactive if possible.
Please feel free to call me if I can help you at all.