- They use their resources sparingly
- They may migrate to regions which have more abundance. The annual migration of the wildebeest in Africa is one of best known examples of this.
- They understand and anticipate the side effects. These may range from an increase in disease or plagues of mosquitoes and locusts, to a rise in food prices (exacerbating the situation) and on to land degradation, bush fires and ultimately, social conflict and widespread death and destruction
- They adapt, as best they can, to their new, temporary environment
- They take advantage of unexpected opportunities – crocodiles and lions wait in ambush for the migrating wildebeest
- Outside agencies attempt to alleviate the problems or at least, reduce the effects – Aid Agencies and other NGOs offer food and shelter in the worst effected regions.
- They use their resources sparingly – This lesson has obviously been learned by most of us. Spending is down (which is, of course, deepens the recession), many people are overpaying their mortgages every month and credit card debt is being paid off faster than before. ‘Eating In’ is the new ‘Going Out’ and the large supermarkets and take away chains are the main beneficiaries. In the workplace, budgets are being cut and we are all asked to ‘do more with less’.
- They may migrate to regions which have more abundance – Many people will look around for a new job, either at home or abroad. You will have many transferable skills that you’ve gained during your working life (make a list of them, you’ll be surprised) so don’t be afraid to look around for a better position.
- They understand and anticipate the side effects – The side effects, of course, of a recession include redundancies, and longer working hours for those who survive the cull. Personal relationships may suffer as a result of this and you must recognise if this is becoming an issue in your own relationships, both at work and (more importantly) at home.
- They adapt, as best they can, to their new, temporary environment – this point is absolutely key to your survival during this recession. Here are some thoughts for your consideration:
4. Go the extra mile
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