A new blog series… Members learning from Members…It takes a Village.

Thanks to Lisa Nelson for sharing!  Lisa is the HR Administrator at Nelson Wire Rope, Hatfield,  PA. She is married to Rick, President/Generation 1 Owner. They are pleased to work with two Generation 2 family members, Stephen and Rob.

Wow! 2020 sure has been challenging!  I recently saw a post on social media that really summed it up. It was a twist on the 1985 classic movie Back to the Future. In the post, Doc Brown, the time traveling scientist who helps Marty repair history says, “Marty – whatever happens – don’t go back to 2020.”

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed our lives in many ways. Drive by birthday parties, zoom meetings, and telehealth appointments have become the new normal. Social distancing, wearing masks, and news anchors reporting from home have become part of our everyday lives. Despite the many challenges over the past few months, Covid 19 pandemic has stretched me both personally and professionally. It has helped me to better define my goals and has reminded me of the importance of taking the time to truly live for today while at the same time plan for the future.

Living for Today

Over the last few months I have been working on learning to become more emotionally agile and open to change. Thankfully, we have not had anyone we know personally contract Covid-19, however, we have been challenged by having to cancel our summer vacation, postpone our son’s wedding, and during the initial months of the pandemic, deal with a significant downturn in our business revenue. Interestingly, during this difficult time, Covid-19 has helped me to focus more on the things I can do today.  Suddenly I have time to fit activities into my busy schedule that I had difficulty doing pre pandemic. Long walks have helped me to put things into perspective. I have had time to take up knitting again. I also have had time to implement new HR software for our company which has been very helpful.

Planning for the Future

Change is difficult- especially in a small family business. However, in 2019, at the urging of the “younger” members of our leadership team, we decided to change our software, phone system, and computer network all to cloud based platforms. At the time, the “older” team members were a bit hesitant to make the change, but Covid-19 brought to light just how vital those changes were to our business. During the stay at home order we were able to seamlessly run our business while working remotely – something we would never have been able to do without planning for the future. This has been a great lesson for all of us to learn.

2020 has indeed been challenging! But I have learned a lot – and with hope, I look forward to the future.

Lisa Nelson

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