Businesses, just like people, can be either positive or negative. Sure, there are lots of things that we can legitimately point to that are negative due to COVID-19 and the effect it is having on physical health, families, mental well-being and the economy. However, we as individuals, families and businesses have a choice. We can sink into depression and feel sorry for ourselves, or we can find the good in this situation and use this time to better ourselves, our relationships with others and our businesses. There are many things we cannot control, but the one thing we can always control is our attitude. Since you cannot travel, use this time at home to eat healthier foods, take walks, runs or bike rides to clear your head and de-stress. Solo exercise is also a great time to think and be creative. Take time at meals to talk to your spouse and children about their hopes, dreams and aspirations. Tell your children about things you did as a child that really made positive differences in your life and what you wish you had done differently.

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While many businesses are wondering if they will be around post COVID-19, use this time to think about how to make your team, department and business better. Has the COVID-19 crisis taught you how to conduct business differently or more efficiently? Are there opportunities to be more flexible with your employees? Can tele-work cut down on the amount of leased space you need and the amount of cleaning you have each day? If you have employees working remotely what, if any, legal concerns will you have to consider (OSHA, Workers’ Comp.)? Are changes to your benefits package necessary and are costs savings possible? How can you engage employees and teams who are working remotely?

This week Rick Gantt and Chris Gantt-Sorenson join Kelly and me to discuss making lemonade out of lemons, getting back to business following COVID-19. Kelly and I truly appreciate you listening to Survive HR. If you have suggested topics you would like to have us discuss on the show, please let us know. All the best and stay safe!

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Steve Nail is currently the Dean, College of Business, at Anderson University. He is a labor and employment attorney who began his career with the National Labor Relations Board. Thereafter, he served as Assistant General Counsel for Michelin, including two stints in France, where he worked on the structuring of the European Economic Community and served in the HR and Legal Departments. Later he served as the Vice President of Labor and Employee Relations before moving on to Hubbell where he served as the Vice President of Human Resources. Steve was appointed by Governor Nikki Haley to serve on the SC Healthcare Planning Committee and was reappointed by Governor McMaster in 2018. Steve was named the 2012 South Carolina HR Professional of the Year and awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016, by the Greenville SHRM chapter. He is a frequent speaker, a published author, and mentor to many in the HR profession. He often coaches individuals and consults organizations on strategic matters. He is a Register Corporate Coach, certified by the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches and holds SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications.