Stop and Take a Breath from COVID-19 Fallout

In BICSI Blog, BICSI Bytes, Newsby info@bicsi.com.au

Like so many companies around the world, BICSI has had to make some difficult decisions in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve all dutifully put out official COVID-19 statements and we’ve all received many, many thoughtful position statements on how everyone is collectively trying to mitigate its effect. Amongst all the messages, here’s one with a constructive message that I’d like to share with everyone.

Future Crunch posted this COVID-19 announcement with a refreshingly positive message:

“Last week, a large consignment of crates arrived in Italy, addressed to the country’s Civil Protection Department from the Chinese consumer electronics company, Xiaomi. Inside were tens of thousands of FFP3 face masks for Italy’s healthcare workers. The company said it was a token of gratitude to the Italian people for making them feel so welcome when they opened their first European offices there in 2018. Stapled to the side of each of the crates was a quote, in both Italian and English, from the ancient Roman philosopher, Seneca: ‘We are waves of the same sea, leaves of the same tree, flowers of the same garden.’

“We’re all in this together. Everyone has had work cancelled, carefully laid plans destroyed, and cash-flows dry up. A website called ILOSTMYGIG has tallied up 65,000 events, worth over $100 million in Australia and New Zealand alone, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. We’re all scrambling to make sense of what’s happening, a lot of people are already struggling, and as the weeks stretch into months, it’s going to get worse. Right now, a little bit of kindness goes a long way. Pick up the phone, let’s ask each other how we’re planning to get through this, share information freely and happily, and forget the rules of competition for a while. In times of crisis it’s those who come together that make it, not the ones who go it alone. This is a good time to throw away the old rules, try something new, and reach out to the people you’ve always wanted to collaborate with, but were too busy or too nervous to ask.”

Sage advise we think.