How are you settling into the ‘new normal’?

Over the years, a crisis normally sees people coming together and helping each other. Neighbours dropping by and families supporting each other. This crisis has been singular in that this very thing that makes us human is exactly what we should not be doing. Social distancing means not being there to give someone a hug, or be a shoulder to cry on. In the most severe cases it’s not being there at the end of someone’s life, or at the start, in the birthing room. As naturally innovative beings, how are we getting around this and adapting to the ‘new normal‘?

The ‘new normal’ – even saying that sounds crazy. How are you settling in? My family and I are finding a new rhythm and starting to identify and appreciate the silver linings that this pandemic has brought. I am naturally optimistic and the Chinese word for crisis, which has one brush stroke for danger and one brush stroke for opportunity has really resonated with me. The opportunities being more family time to get to know each other a bit better (although we would really welcome schools opening again!), a new appreciation of and approach to food, a realisation that we can be just as productive working from home as we can in the office (if not more so to be honest).

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Rachel Barnes

Rachel Barnes

Herbert Smith Freehills
Rachel is Head of Collaborations, Ashurst Advance. Previously Rachel was Innovation Lead, UK, US & EMEA at Herbert Smith Freehills. Rachel has spent time exploring the broader innovation and start-up space, spending time consulting for Janders Dean, Innovation Beehive, a variety of start-ups and also managing an HR Tech focussed start-up incubator. Prior to that, she had a varied and fruitful 11 years at BNP Paribas running consecutively, the Innovation, Transformation, Client Relationship Management teams in Global Markets.