News: Positive learnings from the pandemic to manage your wellbeing and equip you for post-COVID rapid growth.

Read our MD’s blog that uses spring as a metaphor for business growth and renewal as we come out of the restrictions of lockdown and start to throw off the shackles of the Pandemic.


Read our MD’s blog that uses spring as a metaphor for business growth and renewal as we come out of the restrictions of lockdown and start to throw off the shackles of the Pandemic.

The theme for #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek is nature. Given the pandemic, many of us have turned to nature as a coping strategy: getting out into the garden, a quick stroll in the park or around the block and a long bike ride at the weekend have been essential for me. I like being outdoors and when combined with a bit of exercise it is a great way to destress and unwind.

Reconnecting with nature in the great outdoors has been a blessing for many during lockdown. I have heard lots of examples. For instance, my friend has installed an infrared camera in a bird box and is glued to her iphone watching the chicks progress since the eggs hatched; my father suffering with dementia enjoys the black birds grubbing for worms in the quadrangle garden he overlooks; and my daughters have taken up a bit of occasional hill walking to get a good view. Wonders never cease!

We are lucky that the restrictions are lifting next week, just as spring is in full bloom. I must admit it is my favourite time of year with all the verdant new growth. I’m lucky to have a big garden and it is in its full glory over the next few weeks. I also enjoy visiting some of the large gardens locally: I have recently been to Trentham with the family and I can’t wait to go and see the new RHS Bridgewater gardens in Salford next week with my mates. Now that looks like a great project to have been involved with!

The arrival of spring is also theme for the new David Hockney exhibition at the Royal Academy starting on the 23rd May https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/david-hockney#gallery. “Opening exactly a year after the works were made during the global pandemic, this exhibition will be a reminder of the constant renewal and wonder of the natural world – and the beauty of spring”. I have regularly been to the Hockney gallery in Salts Mill in Yorkshire, but it is fantastic to see Hockney embracing new technologies and exploring different ways to make art using an iPad, capturing the unfolding of spring in 116 new and optimistic works in praise of the natural world.

As we come out of the restrictions of lockdown and start to throw off the shackles of the Pandemic, spring is a useful metaphor for new growth and renewal too for people and businesses. As the uncertainty of the last 18 months fades there is a strong imperative to get back up and running full speed.  Making up for lost time and missed sales coupled with a massive determination to be even stronger than before, businesses need a clear roadmap to focus their energies, prioritising the actions and investment needed to grow and move forward at pace.

Balancing this whilst addressing the changing nature of work, understanding the implications for premises and office space, the need for improvements in e-commerce and digital capabilities, reorganising and revitalising people and operations.

With significant growth rates and opportunities available, all this is going to be a fun ride, but hard work. So don’t forget to take forward your positive learnings from the pandemic, not least to manage your wellbeing and stress by continuing to get outdoors every day and embracing the therapeutic benefits that nature has to offer.

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Peter Fennell
Managing Director
Augere

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