the cost of living and other crises 💸
5 things you can do when facing challenging situations
Anyone else’s children leave every single light on? Desk lights, LED lights, bathroom light, the big light? Mine are horrors for this. This is a time immemorial challenge within the family unit and is also a gauge of whether you have grown up or not. I used to leave my lights on ALL the time as a teenager and my dad used to shout ‘YOUR LIGHT IS ON AGAIN HANNAH’ when he came home from work, and he would walk past it, refusing to turn it off and make me come upstairs and switch it off MYSELF. This used to drive me crazy. But, Dad, I get it now. I’m a grown up now too and find myself saying the same thing. I must say though, I’m often inclined to choose the easy life and just turn it off myself whilst muttering something about teenagers and lights and the fact that I spend my life repeating myself, however these days I’m adding a new phrase to my nagging utterances: ‘THERE’S A COST OF LIVING CRISIS, YOU KNOW!’
The cost of living crisis. It’s a topic we can’t escape. Every single day the news we hear, the twitter feed we read, conversations we have, the bills we receive, point to the fact that purse strings are tightening for most of us, here and across the globe. It’s impacting households and its impacting workplaces. I know personally that the cost of food and diesel is causing some sharp intakes of breath but I do appreciate that my life circumstance is one of the more fortunate. We are hearing of very tough choices that individuals and families and indeed businesses are having to make.
Stop Press: As I write, just this minute I finished a zoom call with a brilliant CEO of a large construction company I work with. He was talking about how many external pressures they are facing. Delays, staffing shortages, cost increases, lack of materials, backlogs due to planning, inflation, cost of living and wages…he’s one of the good guys, trying to look after his team as best as he can and meet the needs of his customers, too. It’s not easy.
Here at sidekick HQ, we have wrestled with the impact of the cost of living on what we do. How can we be more helpful, how can we remain buoyant, how can we stay afloat when inflation is rising and belts are tightening? I’ve agonised over whether I have made wise decisions, should we be battening down the hatches or pressing on regardless, and I’ve wondered about what work might look like in a few months. I’ve only been employing people for a reasonably short time, and I’m feeling the responsibility of that, too. The problem is, with things like this, is that if you’re not careful, you start leading your life and making decisions from an unbalanced place of fear, you don’t think or see things in a rational, measured way.
What do you do in a crisis?
What does your personality tend to lean into when there are problems ahead?
When it comes to the cost of living, there’s no easy, quick fix that I can offer. So much of this situation is outside of our control. But what we DO in these circumstances IS within our control. Here’s a few quick thoughts from me.
So, in short – there is so much we cannot do in times of crisis – both global ones and even personal ones. What we do have full agency over is our choices. Let’s choose on purpose, and with purpose.