Author: Amber Healy

Starting a new job is an exciting time, from meeting new coworkers, getting acclimated on a team, and learning the way around a new building. New employees have a lot to learn to hit the ground running, including becoming familiar with a company’s culture.  Some employees are now going through the onboarding process in a remote-work environment, without sitting face-to-face with their new manager or other teammates.  But onboarding is even more important in uncertain times as it provides much-needed structure and guidance when everything else might seem shaky and unsure. 

One of the first things to fall by the wayside, as the COVID-19 pandemic started to hit North America, was the handshake, followed by in-person meetings and close conversations.  For salespeople, those had been two staples of building relationships with clients and possible customers. Then people were sent home from their offices and told to work remotely for an unknown length of time. That meant no friendly competition among teammates trying to get the biggest sales or land the biggest client, equal parts morale booster and healthy motivation.  How is a salesperson supposed to continue to be effective on the same level with all these limitations? 

Unemployment numbers are higher than they’ve been in decades as the international economy tries to stabilize during the COVID-19 pandemic. Layoffs happen to the best workers, people in all stages of their career, and usually come without warning. If you lost your job due to COVID-19, first and foremost, know you’re not alone!  The economy is starting to restart, slowly but surely, and there will come a time when you’re back to work.  Things might seem tough right now, but it will get better.  Here are some tips for how to bounce back after a layoff.