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Morale amid Covid-19

I am curious about how everyone is doing in keeping morale high during Covid-19. It has been roughly a year since most places went to almost all remote. In my case I try hard to keep my team engaged and have an occasional good laugh.... 

How about you?

What is your manager doing to help keep morale high? or worse not help!!!

If you are a manager, what are you doing to help keep morale high during Covid-19?

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  • If, like me, you find yourself trying to stay useful & relevant during COVID-19's "right-sizing", there are some pretty fun things to learn that will take your mind off low moral and S.A.D.

    Sure, there's tons of fun online labs to sharpen up your SW or Cisco skills, but I'm talking about ways to refresh the mind and have something new to look forward to.  A few of my goto research activities include:

    * RV / Camper resources, particularly learning about new technologies, campgrounds, towing solutions, and accessories

    * Streaming music--AND playing along with it!  I set up a couple of saxophones, an electric bass guitar, and two keyboards and their amplifier in the basement, right between a couple of Yamaha NS690-II 60-pound speakers (legacy from my college days).  The Yamaha speakers connect up to an old surround-sound Yamaha home theater amplifier.  I have a Bluetooth receiver that I plugged into that amp, and I sync'd up to it with my Smartphone and I stream Sirius XM tunes from the 1960's & 70's in, and play along with them.  It's EXCELLENT for sharpening up the musicianship skills, since there's no sheet (or digital) music notation or chords to play with.  The mind & ears have to recognize the chords.  Then adding in strings, flutes, brass, guitars--even tympani!  It's how I play with my current dance band, and it's just the thing to pick me up between learning this new network application or troubleshooting an old one.

    * And speaking of campers (above), finding WHERE to camp, and then making reservations early enough to get something when COVID-19 has campground & RV Park spaces at all-time high demands.  I've got seven reservations out there now, and five are confirmed, with positive suggestions for the remaining two.  All are at places where I'll be on the water, and my boat comes along behind the camper this year.

    Swift packets, and may your morale stay high!

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  • If, like me, you find yourself trying to stay useful & relevant during COVID-19's "right-sizing", there are some pretty fun things to learn that will take your mind off low moral and S.A.D.

    Sure, there's tons of fun online labs to sharpen up your SW or Cisco skills, but I'm talking about ways to refresh the mind and have something new to look forward to.  A few of my goto research activities include:

    * RV / Camper resources, particularly learning about new technologies, campgrounds, towing solutions, and accessories

    * Streaming music--AND playing along with it!  I set up a couple of saxophones, an electric bass guitar, and two keyboards and their amplifier in the basement, right between a couple of Yamaha NS690-II 60-pound speakers (legacy from my college days).  The Yamaha speakers connect up to an old surround-sound Yamaha home theater amplifier.  I have a Bluetooth receiver that I plugged into that amp, and I sync'd up to it with my Smartphone and I stream Sirius XM tunes from the 1960's & 70's in, and play along with them.  It's EXCELLENT for sharpening up the musicianship skills, since there's no sheet (or digital) music notation or chords to play with.  The mind & ears have to recognize the chords.  Then adding in strings, flutes, brass, guitars--even tympani!  It's how I play with my current dance band, and it's just the thing to pick me up between learning this new network application or troubleshooting an old one.

    * And speaking of campers (above), finding WHERE to camp, and then making reservations early enough to get something when COVID-19 has campground & RV Park spaces at all-time high demands.  I've got seven reservations out there now, and five are confirmed, with positive suggestions for the remaining two.  All are at places where I'll be on the water, and my boat comes along behind the camper this year.

    Swift packets, and may your morale stay high!

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