The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a sudden shift in the dynamics of workforce behavior. More and more companies are bound to rush towards work-from-home arrangements in an extremely short period. Although many companies already had a WFH policy in place, managing a large scale of remote employees and that too in such urgency can be overwhelming.
Presenting 31 important quotes on work and life that will help you in going through this difficult time and spread optimism among the people of your organization.
1. Mohamed El-Erian
“Hopefully, as companies give more attention to the importance of work-life balance, more and more people will be in a better position to decide and act more holistically on what’s important to them.”
2. Cali Williams Yost
“Telecommuting, one of many forms of work-life flexibility, should no longer be viewed as a nice-to-have, optional perk mostly used by working moms. These common stereotypes don’t match reality — allowing employees to work remotely is a core business strategy today… We need to de-parent, de-gender, and de-age the perception of the flexible worker.”
“Technology now allows people to connect anytime, anywhere, to anyone in the world, from almost any device. This is dramatically changing the way people work, facilitating 24/7 collaboration with colleagues who are dispersed across time zones, countries, and continents.”
"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”
5. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
"Ultimately, the greatest lesson that COVID-19 can teach humanity is that we are all in this together."
6. Steve Maraboli
“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.”
7. Greg Kincaid
“No matter how much falls on us, we keep plowing ahead. That’s the only way to keep the roads clear.”
8. Michelle Obama
"Women are working more, men are understanding their value as caregivers, women are primary breadwinners—I mean, we could go on and on and on. Things are different. So we can’t keep operating like everything is the same, and that’s what many of us have done. And I think it’s up to us to change the conversation."
9. Arjun Agarwal
"Now is the time for us to look after the people who work for us. When a company steps up at a time like this, it builds loyalty, commitment, and long-lasting teams."
10. Caryn Sullivan
“In the face of adversity, we have a choice. We can be bitter, or we can be better. Those words are my North Star.”
11. Kate McGahan
"I've got some bad news and I've got some good news. Nothing lasts forever."
12. C.J. Redwine
"Losing your head in a crisis is a good way to become a crisis."
13. Rasheed Ogunlaru
“Always take some of the play, fun, freedom, and wonder of the weekend into your week and your work.”
14. Arianna Huffington
“We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in.”
15. Steven Magee
“Hang in there, as better times are ahead.”
16. Marie Curie
"Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less."
17. Fred Rogers
"Often when you think you're at the end of something, you're at the beginning of something else."
18. Ken Matos
“People today really value workplace flexibility and remote work because it allows them to focus their energies on work and life as opposed to commuting or other complications due to geography.”
19. Tim Ferriss
“What you don’t do determines what you can do.”
20. Nickie Bellington
"... Remote work isn't a privilege or a special accommodation. It's a way of working, and that's a strong statement for some people. It shouldn't be a question of rewarding top performers with the ability to work remotely."
21. Sir Richard Branson
"To successfully work with other people, you have to trust each other. A big part of this is trusting people to get their work done wherever they are, without supervision.”
22. Liz Grossman Kitoyi
"Don't work from bed. You want your bed to be a place of peace and calm, not work stress."
23. Kathy Kristof
"The most important thing is to have dedicated office space where you can CLOSE THE DOOR and have set office hours. ... I did the opposite and allowed work to swallow my home life for a while. ... Stupid mistake."
24. Ken Mato
“In the right roles and with the right people, flex does offer tremendous productivity improvement. It gives people time to process properly, and it gets them out of the office in terms of being bogged down in day-to-day admin. So there is more thought leadership that comes to the table, and that’s where your creativity and innovation come in.”
25. Andy Gilman
"The secret of crisis management is not good vs. bad, it’s preventing the bad from getting worse."
26. Franklin D. Roosevelt
“To reach a port we must set sail –
Sail, not tie at anchor
Sail, not drift.”
27. Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.”
28. Roy T. Bennett
“Challenge and adversity are meant to help you know who you are. Storms hit your weakness, but unlock your true strength.”
29. Heather Marsh
“We are, or will be, going through the most radical transformation the world has ever seen; people are justly terrified, excited, depressed, heartbroken and hopeful, all at once.”
"Be open to adjustments. There's nothing about this current moment in history that allows for stubbornness." ~ Unknown