Rising above the pressure: Being a nurturing leader amid financial challenges and rough times

This is an open letter to managers and business owners.

As we navigate the ongoing repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, its financial strain is palpably felt across the spectrum of businesses and their dedicated teams. The economic tremors have not only tightened operational budgets but have also heightened stress levels, igniting a chain of conflicts within the workplace. 

The ripple effect has landed heavily on the shoulders of you, our valued managers and leaders, who are now grappling with escalating pressures and expectations. Amidst these testing times, the spotlight on leadership and management has intensified, underscoring the crucial role you play in providing steadfast support, clear communication, and nurturing growth among your teams.

The pandemic has morphed into a litmus test for leadership, unveiling the intrinsic link between adept management and a thriving, resilient workforce. It has magnified the essence of our mission at BespokeHR — creating great places to work, even amidst adversities.

From us to you, here’s a few things we’ve learned from our clients and business owners on how you can continue to lead effectively under the prevailing financial constraints:

1. Maintain transparency:

Be open about the financial situation with your team to foster a culture of trust. Transparency cultivates a sense of collective responsibility and alignment towards shared goals.

2. Prioritise and delegate:

Financial pressure often necessitates a re-evaluation of priorities. Delegate tasks strategically to ensure critical objectives are met without overwhelming your team.

3. Nurture a growth mindset:

Encourage a mindset of continuous learning and adaptation. This not only enhances resilience but also fosters innovation, which could be the key to overcoming financial hurdles.

4. Invest in people:

Your team is your greatest asset. Even in tough times, investing in their development pays dividends in terms of morale and productivity. At BespokeHR, we offer a range of leadership development activities including coaching, webinars, online training, and face-to-face intensive workshops to nurture leadership and people skills.

5. Seek professional guidance:

Engaging with HR specialists can provide invaluable insights and support. Our team at BespokeHR is equipped to help you maximise your people power, aiding in navigating through financial pressures with a people-centric approach.

The path through financial adversity is undeniably challenging, but with the right approach, it’s an opportunity for growth, both personally and professionally. As an organisation, we have always emphasised that “you can’t build a great culture without firm foundations”. As managers, you are the cornerstone of these foundations, and your leadership during tough times will define the trajectory of your organisation’s culture and success.

Stay resilient, and remember, you’re not navigating these challenges alone. Our team at BespokeHR is here to support you in every step of your journey towards creating an engaging, connected, and productive workplace.

If you need to chat to someone about navigating turbulent times in the workplace, contact us at admin@bespokehr.com.au for a free and confidential chat. 

Warmest regards,


Managing Director