This is a time when dealing with work and life challenges are equally demanding.
It can be stressful and fatiguing. Managers would do well to moderate their expectations.
As Rebecca Zucker notes in a recent HBR article, “To be clear, adjusting expectations is not to suggest that managers shirk responsibilities or be lax, or that they shouldn’t strive for results or hold people accountable. This pandemic is a marathon that we are all running together. And as with sheltering-in-place measures, adjusting our expectations of others’ productivity is meant to be temporary. By recalibrating expectations now, managers will get much more out of their people in the long run.”