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Groundhog Day!

February 2, 2021
Groundhog Day

Did you know today is Groundhog Day!  A popular tradition centered on the town of Punxsutawney, a borough in the south of Jefferson County, Pennsylvania. If a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day and sees its shadow due to clear skies it will retreat to its den and winter will persist for six more weeks;  but if it does not see its shadow because of cloudiness, spring will arrive early.

Groundhog Day is also one of my favourite films, where the main actor, Bill Murray gets to replay the same day, over and over again until he gets it right – it’s torture for him, replaying the same day, day after day, but it turns him into a really nice guy, loved by his colleagues and his fans and of course he gets the girl of his dreams – Andie McDowell!!!

Of course since 12th March 2020, we have all been stuck in our own Groundhog Day, which is never ending…. For me its:- wake up, check the Covid app or Fergal Bowers Twitter page for latest Covid numbers, exercise, walk dogs, shower and put on makeup (for me and no one else!), breakfast and commute to work to the music room, lunch, watch CNN or switch to Comedy Central and Friends for a few minutes if I need to smile, commute back to work to the music room, close laptop, walk dogs, cook something nice, usually from James Whelan Butchers (as luckily one of their shops is within our 5k); find a justification with my other half Greg, for having a glass of wine with dinner, celebrate finding a piece of the jigsaw that’s been unfinished on the kitchen table for a month, fall asleep in front of the telly, head to bed, wake up…..

We are all stuck in the same movie, like Bill Murray waking up to the exact same conversation on the radio every morning…..

But on the positive side – sorry it’s soppy but I’m already a step ahead of Bill. Even though I’m stuck in this not so merry go-round, I already have the guy of my dreams, Greg, who I am lucky to be going through Groundhog Day with everyday; our dogs, Honey and Bert, keep us both sane and through the repetitiveness, worry and weight of the world, some real positivity has come about.   

The support and friendship of our team at Fuzion has been so fab.   Clients and business associates, some of whom I have never met in person, have become really trusted friends.  We are all going through this together – celebrating the highs – and there have been many, and supporting each other through the lows – personal and professional –  losses, illnesses, challenges, and just days when one of us feels a bit down, we have each others backs. I have never felt so close to my sister and my best buddies as we make a point of checking in with each other. And in the past year our beautiful next door neighbours have become like family.

Greg and I celebrate the small stuff much more – our takeaway from Da Mirco has become our official Friday night date night; we are already planning with other friends Frits and Lara a Cork city staycation at the Montenotte as soon as we get down to Level 3 – I swear that night away I’m looking forward to more than I would have a week in Tuscany before!

Bill Murray, Andie McDowell, Groundhog Day

I hope when we get out of this Groundhog Day that we will remember all we have learned, cherish the small things more, spend less time chasing the “holy grail”, and remember that most of the most valuable things in our lives are our loved ones and our health – villas with a pool, flying first class, having the latest car, bag, shoes – whatever – are just totally disposable accessories to our lives.


Deirdre Waldron, Fuzion Communications

Deirdre Waldron is the founding partner of Fuzion Communications, a Marketing, PR, Graphic Design and Digital Marketing agency with offices in Dublin and Cork.

Managing Remote Working Effectively

March 26, 2020

remote-work-tips

 

Some very practical advice on working from home from our good friends Laura & Frank – HR for Better Workplaces

 

With working from home being a key means for many workers and organisations to keep going during the Corona Virus outbreak, we have collated some top tips to help you and your team get the most from remote working whilst looking after employee well-being.

 

Managing Communication

  • Be very clear on agreeing ways of working
  • Ensure everyone is well informed and aware of company expectations
  • Have very regular meetings to check progress and communicate effectively
  • Embrace the use of technology to communicate on a daily basis.
  • Operating this way helps to maintain and improve communication whilst also creating social interaction to help combat isolation  
  • Having phone, video or group conferencing is an effective and easy method  
  • Test some products like Zoom, Skype, Loom, Webex and there are many more

 

Managing Well-being

  • Try working in different areas of your house until you find the most comfortable setting
  • Adapt your working space from time to time to allow change in your usual routine
  • Make sure you set a daily routine and take regular breaks
  • Set working hours and stick to them
  • Get showered and dressed every day
  • Take regular daily exercise, joining an exercise group online can be motivating and provide interaction with other people
  • Create a healthy eating plan and be organised around preparation of this
  • Go outside in the garden for a break and plenty of fresh air
  • Join remote working communities online for support and social interaction

 

HR for Better Workplaces provides a bespoke consultation service, with over 50 years combined industry experience. They specialise in practical advice and offer a wide range of HR and well-being services.  Laura or Frank can be contacted through their website https://www.hrforbetterworkplaces.ie/

 


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