Tuesday 17th Nov 2020
The pandemic has made the financial industry re-evaluate how they operate, as well as call into highlight the vital need for flexibility, resilience and agility during a business climate that’s constantly evolving.
This is certainly the case for our sector professionals who are assisting business leaders to prepare to address cashflow concerns, and bolster their organisation against any future crises while paving the way for further growth.
We’ve recently delved into what a broker’s role will look like in 2030, highlighting the skills that should come into focus to accommodate the needs of the customer over the next decade. But as the goal posts are continuously changing in today’s market – and the business world makes a transition to working from home once more – brokers are themselves required to be knowledgeable, authentic and present for their client base.
With these new responsibilities, it is more important than ever to set clear boundaries and know your limits when tasked with maintaining efficiency remotely. Here are some simple steps to avoid feeling isolated or overwhelmed as a broker during a challenging climate…
- Be flexible
There can be a temptation to work even longer days to appear ‘extra productive’ and helpful to your customers, but quantity isn’t always the answer. We are actively discouraged from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle when feeling tired — the same can be said for slaving away at your computer screen when you’re physically or mentally drained.
Not only can this be a danger to your health, but it has also been revealed that longer working schedules leads to reduced creativity and a decline in the quality of work. Instead, create a realistic programme that works for you — if you’ve achieved everything you set out to that day, why not clock off and make the most of your evening?
- Buddy up
As a broker, it’s likely that you fly solo on the majority of your client projects, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t speak to other likeminded people in the process. Joining groups with other finance professionals – especially on social media – can help you to feel like you’re not completely ‘going it alone’.
Taking the time to have those ‘water cooler conversations’ and sharing your day-to-day experiences with someone who really understands can often help to lighten the load and add some variety to your working day.
- A breath of fresh air
Stepping outside for a lunchtime jaunt or an after-work walk can help to blow away the cobwebs and reboot the system.
Increasing your exposure to nature can also help to restore calm to your day while getting a change of scenery after staring at a screen for extended periods of time.
Try leaving your devices at home and just taking in your surroundings for a while, it’s worth it!
- Make plans for after work
Of course, social lives have taken an extra hit in ‘lockdown 2.0’ and the possibilities for post-shift plans are limited, but mapping out some fun activities to do when the time is right, will help you to separate your work and home life and spice up your winter evenings!
If there’s a book you’ve been wanting to start, a pamper session that’s been calling your name, or you fancy hopping on FaceTime with some friends — do what makes you happy.