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Weekly Wrap - Week 03, April

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Stay connected while isolating and keep an eye out for these new opportunities and realities that is in Sri Lanka due to the ongoing pandemic.

The 10 new realities and opportunities in Sri Lanka as a result of COVID-19.
The purpose of this article is to outline ‘10 new realities’ that we as Sri Lankans need to be prepared for as a result of COVID-19. These realities provide a number of new opportunities for individuals, entrepreneurs, companies and the Government. There will be new actors and players who will be entering these industries and market segments in order to capitalise on the opportunities and the gaps that exist.

 

 

Idea of the Day: Connection while isolating. Even as many of us must keep physical distance from others, there are always ways to extend an emotional hand to those we care about. Such compassionate gestures can make a huge difference. "We all sometimes find ourselves confined in a prison of our own anxiety, pain or despair. And no one can ever fully be in there with us," writes author Sarah Hurwitz in The Washington Post. "But if we’re lucky, someone shows up and points the way out, and we realize the path has been there all along, we were just too panicked or confused to see it.”

 

 

In times of heightened tension, like the kind many of us are living through today, what can we do to keep calm? Psychologist Michael Gervais suggests we focus on the following essentials: our sleep, our eating, our connections to others and our sense of purpose. Sleep and diet can aid our immune system and our emotional wellbeing. And though we may be physically distant from others, phone calls, video chats and text messages can go a long way. The kind words we offer to others can also give us a sense of purpose amid uncertainty.

 

 

Imagining a post-pandemic office:
After the worst of the pandemic is behind us, workers will return to an office environment vastly different from what they knew before, writes The New York Times' Jane Margolies. To encourage social distancing, we may see a retreat from the close quarters and "hot-desking" that defined office design in recent years. Expect to see more sensors in place of frequently-touched surfaces, like door handles. There may be limits on how many can fill elevators. And, perhaps most noticeable of all, we can expect fewer people at the office, now that many employers have adopted a work-from-home approach. 

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Aisha Nazim

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