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Happy Holidays From the CHAMPS Oncology Team!
Happy Holidays Blog

On behalf of the entire CHAMPS Oncology team, happy holidays! The holidays are often a time of gratitude and reflection, and this holiday season is no exception. 2020 has brought many unprecedented events to our lives. For instance, it found many industries scrambling to figure out how to work remotely and keep their employees safe.

No one could’ve predicted the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the workforce of the world. I’m proud to say our profession was prepared and led the way for other healthcare fields to emulate our strategies. When the virus initially hit the United States nine months ago, friends in different industries would call me and ask for tips and pointers on how best to work from home a testament to the years of work our CHAMPS team has put in to ensure effective work-from-home operations.

It’s no secret that this holiday season will be different than year’s past. I’d like to share with you some tips I’ve been following to avoid fatigue caused by the pandemic and working from home. In my eyes, this bit of guidance becomes even more important as we get closer to the holidays, a period when our time and attention gets pulled in so many directions. Please keep these in mind to help you to get through the next few weeks:

  1. Make sure you set up boundaries between work and home life responsibilities.
  2. Engage with your coworkers. Reach out to someone that you haven’t talked to in a few weeks or months just to say happy holidays! You never know who needs to hear some kind words.
  3. Take care of yourself! Be sure to take a lunch and walk away from the screen, get enough sleep and participate in fun engagement events with your friends, family and colleagues, such as a virtual holiday event.

What I want the most for the holidays is for everyone is to have a safe, happy and healthy holiday season! Despite the challenges 2020 has brought, I’m confident that in a few years, we will all look back on our memories and accomplishments of this year and say we made it through a once-in-a-century event. Let us not forget the many sacrifices we’ve made this year, and remain thankful for our healthcare heroes who are putting an end to this crisis.

As we move forward into 2021, enjoy every minute you can this holiday season, making memories whenever you can. We hope you are able to find the time to rest, read a good book, watch an entertaining TV show, video chat with family and friends and enjoy your favorite traditions. Most of all, we hope you and your loved ones stay healthy, stay safe and have a happy and peaceful holiday and new year.

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