Staying motivated during COVID-19

Staying motivated during COVID-19

Soon after the government imposed COVID-19 restrictions, No. 24 Squadron members kicked off the ‘ISO Mo’ challenge initiative to support and maintain squadron welfare and morale.

The challenge was organised by physical training instructor Sergeant Lance Symonds with all unit members and their families welcomed to participate. 

“The ISO Mo Challenge seemed like a great way for the squadron to engage while enjoying some friendly competition and banter,” Sergeant Symonds said. 

“Even though individual sections were maintaining communication with their members working from home, it can become a very lonely place when we aren’t engaging face-to-face with our working groups.

“Isolation can be tough for many so it was important to convey the message that ‘we aren’t alone’.”

Sergeant Symonds’ biggest piece of advice for members was to stay connected to provide a sense of belonging and validation.

“In my experience, it’s the unity and engagement with fellow members, only amplified when in isolation, that positively influences our mental health, which was of the utmost importance to the squadron senior leadership group,” he said. 

“Everyone has been very supportive of the initiative and have identified the positive effects it’s had in the workplace and working from home.

“We will continue to implement welfare initiatives to keep the squadron united and in communication during these challenging times.”

The winners were announced during a recent informal social distancing ceremony. 

Leading Aircraftman Matthew Hobbs was crowned Mr ISO Mo and Leading Aircraftwoman Melissa Flint was awarded Miss ISO Mo.

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