It’s been an easily interesting few years, and of course, I imagine that has been the case for all the people in business.
The pandemic, ensuing financial problems and now inflation has kept my business practices evolving.
But I think I’m blessed that I work for a business that is of a size that it can stay nimble for changes. That was never more the case than when we were sent home to work from the central air conditioner of our homes. I wasn’t so sure that I’d see the inside of my office and enjoy the commercial heating and air conditioning of that building again. I just didn’t believe if I would survive or if the business would be able to hang on. It was unquestionably all hands on deck that summer of 2020. For me, I had to serve patrons. And I couldn’t always do that from the air conditioner comfort of an online meeting hundreds of miles away. I needed to be careful for sure but I also needed to get to our patrons! Even though airlines kept strict mask mandates and employed HEPA filters, the business said no flying. So those in my position just packed up the car, put the air conditioner on high and hit the long, warm interstate. That’s the only method of travel we had open to us at the time. It worked out though because our business was nimble enough to get to our patrons and we even acquired market share during the worst of the global health crisis. At the end of each day that summer, I always knew just where to find the most consistent lodging. It was always the mid tier hotels off the interstate that had the old school wall air conditioner units.