Surviving COVID-19 and maintaining a positive mindset during the “off-season”

30 Mar 16:00 by Jonathan Lamm

Jonathan Lamm - Founder & Managing Director - The Monday Group

For those of us whose workdays typically involve a high degree of human interaction and team collaboration, the “new normal” of social distancing and work from home mandates may have brought about feelings of Groundhog Day  surreal, if not stressful. 

In my 15 years in the recruitment business and 20+ years in the Events and Hospitality Industry, we have certainly faced global and domestic challenges before – 9/11, SARS, GFC, the recent bushfires – but nothing on this scale. Our hearts go out to all those who have lost their jobs and continue to have their livelihoods affected. 

This Covid-19 pandemic is unprecedented and has completely changed the global economic landscape and life as we know it. Add to it preparations for a newborn baby – my partner and I are expecting in June 2020 – considerations of what “normal” daily life entail have shifted considerably.  

There are many messages out there from our industry leaders and colleagues, calling for us to stay strong, hang in there and support each other. And they are right; we need to stick together to ensure our great industry not only survives but thrives again once we come out the other side. Let's use this challenge to strengthen our passion for connection and creativity – it's what we do. 

Let's use this challenge to strengthen our passion for connection and creativity.

From the UK, the video below shares times of positivity and togetherness to remember during this unprecedented period.

Produced by The Social Co.  #weremember #stayathome


The Monday Group is a specialist recruitment and executive search firm dedicated to the Events and Hospitality Industry. Like so many, our business has been impacted significantly. Instead of jumping ship, we are adjusting our business model so that we can better serve our clients and candidates' immediate needs and support them with planning for the recovery. We will continue to grow our networks, strengthen our industry relationships, and improve our capabilities so that we emerge stronger than ever.

Right now, during the business “off-season”, as we are calling it, we are doing what we can to support our candidates and clients, sharing practical WFH tips, financial support information, and employer and leadership advice to cope with this changing environment. We are choosing to adopt a positive mindset and to be energised and excited by opportunities awaiting us on the other side of this pandemic.

Let's use this time to get to know each other.

My team and I are available for a chat or virtual meeting to discuss your or your business' situation – let's use this time to get to know each other. Please feel free to schedule a call with me, send me an email, connect with me on LinkedIn


Stay safe and look after each other. Together we will do this. 

Jonathan Lamm

Founder & Managing Director

Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak

Many people may be experiencing increased feelings of anxiety, distress and concern in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19). For general information about looking after yourself during the coronavirus outbreak, visit the dedicated Beyond Blue page, Looking after yourself during the coronavirus outbreak